Background and professional experience
Jennifer Thompson has over 14 years of experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and providing direct services to both children and adults. Upon completion of her BS in Early Childhood Special Education in 2006, Jennifer taught in the public school setting and provided home-based services to families of children who are differently-abled. This experience created a desire to address the systemic and structural inequities affecting diverse populations in rural Alabama and prompted her to pursue a degree in social work. After receiving her MSW in 2014, Jennifer began providing medical social work services to people living with HIV in south Alabama. Following years of direct client care, she has transitioned into social services administration and leadership. Jennifer is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with certifications in Private Independent Practice as well as Advanced Psychotherapy in Perinatal Mental Health.
For her Capstone Project, Jennifer Thompson plans to evaluate the effectiveness of a trauma-informed care model on linkage and retention to care for people living with HIV in south Alabama.
Thompson, J., Hagan, S., & Orakwue, I. (2018, May 23-26). Perinatal mental health and HIV [Conference session]. National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Washington, D.C., United States. Thompson, J. & Hagan, S. (2018, July 11-15). Perinatal mental health in women living with HIV [Poster presentation]. Postpartum Support International Annual Conference, Houston, TX, United States.
Thompson, J. & Hagan, S. (2018, December 11-14). Perinatal mental health in women living with HIV [Conference session]. National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment, Oxon Hill, MD, United States. https://targethiv.org/sites/default/files/supporting-files/12651_Thompson_508.pdf
Thompson, J. & Hagan, S. (2019, June 28-30). Perinatal mental health in women living with HIV [Poster presentation]. Postpartum Support International Annual Conference, Portland, OR, United States.