Alysha Thompson, PhD

Alysha Thompson, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

On staff since February 2019

Children's Title: clinical director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Thompson completed her graduate education at Suffolk University in Boston in clinical psychology with an emphasis in child and adolescent clinical psychology. She completed residency in pediatric psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and went on to complete a fellowship in clinical psychology with an emphasis in trauma in children and adolescents at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.

    Prior to joining the staff at Seattle Children's Hospital, Dr. Thompson was an attending psychologist on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Bradley Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She is passionate about working with children and adolescents with acute mental illness and trauma and has focused her work primarily in inpatient psychiatric settings, though has also worked in other acute care settings such as therapeutic day schools and residential treatment programs for children and adolescents.

  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Simmons S, Thompson A
      Models of Interdisciplinary Education in the Inpatient Psychiatry Setting.
      32399834 Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry, 2020 May 12
    • Thompson E, Spirito A, Frazier E, Thompson A, Hunt J, Wolff J
      Suicidal thoughts and behavior (STB) and psychosis-risk symptoms among psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents.
      31948902 Schizophrenia research, 2020 April : 218240-246 PMCID:PMC7299764
    • Wolff JC, Frazier EA, Weatherall SL, Thompson AD, Liu RT, Hunt JI
      Piloting of COPES: An Empirically Informed Psychosocial Intervention on an Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit.
      29648874 Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology, 2018 July : 28(6)409-414
    • Coyne, L.W. & Thompson, A.D.
      Maternal depression, locus of control, and emotion regulatory strategy as predictors of child internalizing problems.
      Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2011 April : 20873-883
    • LaBrie JW, Huchting KK, Lac A, Tawalbeh S, Thompson AD, Larimer ME
      Preventing risky drinking in first-year college women: further validation of a female-specific motivational-enhancement group intervention.
      19538915 Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs. Supplement, 2009 July : (16)77-85 PMCID:PMC2701102
    • LaBrie JW, Pedersen ER, Thompson AD, Earleywine M
      A brief decisional balance intervention increases motivation and behavior regarding condom use in high-risk heterosexual college men.
      17653840 Archives of sexual behavior, 2008 April : 37(2)330-9 PMCID:PMC4221275
    • LaBrie JW, Huchting K, Tawalbeh S, Pedersen ER, Thompson AD, Shelesky K, Larimer M, Neighbors C
      A randomized motivational enhancement prevention group reduces drinking and alcohol consequences in first-year college women.
      18298242 Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, 2008 March : 22(1)149-55 PMCID:PMC4221274
    • LaBrie JW, Thompson AD, Ferraiolo P, Garcia JA, Huchting K, Shelesky K
      The differential impact of relational health on alcohol consumption and consequences in first year college women.
      17913379 Addictive behaviors, 2008 Feb. : 33(2)266-78 PMCID:PMC2248555
    • LaBrie, J. W., Pedersen, E. R., Huchting, K., Thompson, A. D., & Hummer, J. F.
      Correcting misperceptions and reducing risky drinking through a student-designed posters
      Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 2007 Nov. : 517-16
    • LaBrie, J. W., Thompson, A. D., Huchting, K., Lac, A., & Buckley, K.
      A group Motivational Interviewing intervention reduces drinking and alcohol-related consequences in adjudicated college women.
      Addictive Behaviors, 2007 Jan. : 322549-2562

    Other Publications

    • Thompson A, Simmons S, Wolff J
      No Where to Go: Providing Quality Services for Children With Extended Hospitalizations on Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Units.
      32976953 Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2020 Sept. 18

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    The COPES Program: Preliminary patient and staff Outcomes of a CBT intervention for psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference San Diego, CA Nov. 2017
    Evaluation of the COPES Program: An Empirically-Informed Psychosocial Intervention on an Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. International Summit on Suicide Research Las Vegas, NV Nov. 2017
    Evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of the track system: An empirically informed intervention for adolescent psychiatric inpatients. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry New York, NY Oct. 2016
    The role of social support and psychological flexibility in the transmission of depression from mother to child. Meeting of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science Minneapolis, MN June 2014
    A proposed model for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of children with ASD Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference National Harbor, MD Nov. 2012
    Emotion regulation and socialization in racial-ethnic minority families The meeting of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science Washington, DC July 2012
    The role of maternal experiential avoidance in child internalizing behaviors and parent-child dysfunction in a preschool sample: Implications for family-based exposure treatments. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference Toronto, Canada Nov. 2011
    Implications of Experiential Avoidance in Parenting: Child internalizing problems and maternal emotion regulatory strategy predict maternal stress. The meeting of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science Parma, Italy July 2011


Medical/Professional School

Suffolk University, Boston


Clinical Psychology, Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, Brookline

Clinical Interests

Treatment of severe psychiatric disorders in acute care settings, the impact of trauma and childhood adversity on mental health in children and adolescents, suicide and non-suicidal self-injury, brief interventions for mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy.