Michelle G. Thompson

Michelle G. Thompson is an African American/Puerto Rican queer identified woman, a first-generation scholar, and an Office of the Vice Provost for Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and she earned a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the School of Integrated Science and Humanity at Florida International University. Dr. Thompson is also a licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than a decade of experience in research and clinical practice working with underserved groups. Broadly, her work focuses on understanding and advancing health equity for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and sexual and gender minorities (SGM). Grounded in intersectionality and minority stress theories, Dr. Thompson’s research critically examines the role of stigma and discrimination in driving mental health disparities, with a particular focus on examining the relationships between discrimination, resilience, mental health, and psychological well-being at the intersections of race/ethnicity, sexuality, and gender.