Alexa Thompson is a research coordinator of the Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is responsible for designing, implementing, and managing applied research projects. She has played a major role in the evaluation for the Community Family Partnership, a SAMHSA System of Care grant in Kent County.
Thompson joined the Johnson Center in 2013 as a graduate research assistant. Previously, she has worked as an evaluation research assistant for Michigan State University School of Social Work, as well as interned at Bethany Christian Services in their home-based therapy program.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Michigan State University, and her master’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University. Thompson is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from GVSU, with a specialization in public management. She received the 2015 Academic Excellence Award from Grand Valley State University’s School of Social Work, and was selected as the highest achieving student in her graduating class. Thompson is currently a member of the Hauenstein Center’s Cook Leadership Academy, selected as an outstanding fellow in 2014.
Thompson is interested in community-based research and the ability for evaluation to produce positive impacts at the individual, local, state, and federal levels. Further, she is passionate about research dissemination, policy implementation, and systems change work.
Areas of expertise:
- Data analysis and report writing
- Survey and focus group design and implementation
- Presented “Barriers to Trauma Treatment for Biological Parents” at Michigan State University’s 2013 Undergraduate Research Forum, based on the evaluation of ‘Project Return Home’ at Bethany Christian Services
- Keynote speaker for Michigan State University’s 2011 Women’s Leadership Conference