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Jeff Thompson 

Institute for Conflict Management

Adjunct Faculty


Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., teaches in the Institute for Conflict Management and Leadership programs in Lipscomb University's College for Leadership and Public Service. He retired recently after serving more than 20 years as a detective in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) where he was their first-ever mental health and wellness coordinator and previously a hostage negotiator. He is also an adjunct associate research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. Thompson has provided training on resilience, mental health, leadership, suicide pre/postvention, and crisis communication to diverse professionals across the world. This includes police personnel from the Australian Federal Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Police Department, New Zealand Police, New York City Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Scotland Police, and the Swedish Police Authority.

Dr. Thompson organizes global events bringing world-renowned researchers together with professionals in order to help people have access to evidence-based practices that can be implemented in their daily lives. This includes organizing the 2022 Resilience Symposium that featured more than 40 speakers with over 1,500 people registering from 34 countries.

Academic Department

Institute for Conflict Management