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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Missouri Prevention Center

718 Clark Hall
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4470
Phone: (573) 882-0124
Fax: [573] 882-8926
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


PhD, University of North Carolina, 2012; MSW, Southern Illinois University, 2001; BS, Southern Illinois University, 1996.

Research Interests:

School and Community Service Agency Collaborations; School-Based Interventions for Children with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Concerns; Building Self-Determination for Students with Educational Disabilities; Site-Based Information Systems to Inform Tiered Response Models.

Teaching Interests:

Evaluation Research to Inform Clinical Practice; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Adolescent Antisocial and Aggressive Behavior.


  • 2016 Society for Social Work and Research Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award
  • 2015 Distinguished Faculty Service Award from the College of Human Environmental Sciences

Research and Scholarly Activity:

School-based Tiered Prevention and Interventions for Mental Health in Central Missouri

Dr. Thompson’s work and research is primarily focused on collaborations with schools and community service agencies to determine the best ways to help school-aged children with social, emotional, and behavioral health concerns. It is a complex issue involving the child, the family, school personnel, school systems, and community services. There are various levels of intervention depending on the needs of the child and of the family, as well as various prevention strategies.

Dr. Thompson has collaborated with Drs. Wendy Reinke and Keith Herman in the College of Education over the past three years to develop several projects in area schools—including the development of a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and collaborative initiative across six school districts in Boone County to address the mental and behavioral health of students. Another project is to evaluate a selective intervention program for 5th grade students who exhibit disruptive and challenging classroom behaviors. And their most recently funded project involves the creation of the Family Access Center for Excellence (FACE) of Boone County which will serve as a mechanism to expand access and improve coordination of existing services for youth and families, and also to improve the quality of existing services in Boone County.

Dr. Thompson’s work with a number of community agencies and schools to determine the efficacy of programs and to help determine better ways to meet the needs of school-aged children and their families is ongoing.