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Master of Social Work

John Thompson

Assistant Professor

Social Work

54th Street, Office 8
1950 E 54th St.
Davenport, IA 52807

Mailing Address:
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


John Thompson, PhD, MA, MSW, MA

Teaches theory related to human behavior, emphasizing the interconnection of ideas, and both clinical and environmental social work practices.

Dr. Thompson's primary research also investigates theoretical linkages between philosophy, theology, and social work practices (e.g. in adult mental health). Historical social work theory is also an area of scholarly emphasis.


Education and Training

PhD, University of Kansas
Social Welfare

MA, Colorado State University

MA, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Tex.
Philosophical Theology

MSW, University of Utah
Social Work


Courses Taught

Human Behavior in the Social Environment


Areas of Professional Interest

  • Social justice and mental health
  • The intersection of theology, philosophy and social work
  • Theory


Recent Publications

Salyers, M., Thompson, J., et al (2012) Measuring Shared Decision Making in psychiatric Care. Psychiatric Services.

Fukui, S., Thompson, J., et al (2012) Predictors of Shared Decision Making and Levels of Agreement between Consumers and Providers in Psychiatric Care. Acta Psychiatrica Scandanavica.

Thompson, J. (2011) Connecting Theory to Practice: Karl Barth, Capability Theory and Psychiatric Social Work. Pastoral Psychology.

Derezotes, D., Thompson, J., et al (2008) Spiritual Maturity: An exploratory study and model for social work practice. Currents: New Scholarship in the Human Services. 7:1


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