Jomella Watson-Thompson, Ph.D.

Jomella Watson-Thompson
  • Associate Professor, Applied Behavioral Science
  • Director of the Center for Service Learning
  • Principal Investigator and Director of the Youth Violence Prevention Center- Kansas City

Contact Info

Dole Center, Room 4001
1000 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas. She applies behavioral science methods and interventions to improve how communities address issues related to community health and development. Her research has focused on neighborhood development, healthy youth development, and prevention, including substance abuse and violence prevention. Dr. Thompson supports community capacity-building efforts to address social determinants of health through community-based participatory research in urban neighborhoods and disparate communities. She has researched the effects of community-based processes and intervention to promote mobilization and change in communities. Dr. Thompson has extensive experience providing training, technical support and evaluation for community-based initiatives. Dr. Thompson has co-authored articles on community capacity-building, youth development, and prevention. She has been a consultant for several community coalitions and community-based initiatives.