Renee J. Thompson, PH.D

Principal Investigator

Dr. Renee Thompson is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated with a B.S. in psychology (with honors) and a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She completed a clinical psychology internship at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Training Program in South Carolina. Both UIUC and Charleston Consortium are American Psychological Association-approved and members of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, an alliance of programs committed to the training of clinical scientists. Before joining Washington University in St. Louis, she completed a four-year National Institute of Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Thompson’s research centers on understanding the everyday emotional experience in individuals with depressive psychopathology. She uses multi-method approaches, including ecological momentary assessment, to examine emotional instability and other temporal dynamics of emotional experience. She is also interested in how components of emotion regulation (e.g., emotional awareness) affect the emotional experience of depressed, anxious, and healthy samples.