Dr. Miriam Thompson leads the new UCSB Mind and Behavior Clinic

Dr. Miriam Thompson

A successful plan for psychological care or intervention for a client — whether a grade-school student acting out or a senior-aged person fearing mental decline — requires an accurate initial assessment. Under the leadership of Dr. Miriam Thompson, the new Mind and Behavior Assessment Clinic at UCSB's Hosford Clinic trains professionals to look closer.

Dr. Miriam Thompson is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology and is the Director of Mind and Behavior Assessment Clinic (MBAC). She is a licensed psychologist, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and a Spanish speaker. Following her doctoral training at the University of Arizona, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurodevelopmental Assessment of Young Children at the Brenner Center at William James College. After that, she completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thompson is committed to training graduate students in the ethical administration of assessments and helping them to write reports and interpret assessment results through a social justice lens.

Bits of music you may notice: Yo La Tengo, "Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo," Peter Gabriel, "My Head Sounds Like That (Royksopp Remix)," Trampled by Turtles, "Where Is My Mind."

This episode first aired on 91.9 KCSB-FM on October 21, 2021.