Aaron Thompson named director of the School of Social Work

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Aaron Thompson

Jan. 4, 2021

Aaron Thompson, an associate professor and former director of the social work doctoral program, has been named director of the University of Missouri School of Social Work.

“Dr. Thompson received tremendous support in the selection interviews, and I am impressed by his vision for the future direction of the school,” said Kristofer Hagglund, dean of the School of Health Professions. “It is apparent to me that he cares deeply about the School of Social Work, its people and its mission.”

A former school social worker and principal, Thompson has helped improve the lives of countless children and families through 25 years of education, research and service. Since coming to Mizzou in 2012, his work has focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and community partnerships to help families and youth who struggle with social, emotional and behavioral health issues. As associate director of the Missouri Prevention Science Institute (MPSI), he and his colleagues at MPSI have brought more than $30 million to the university to develop programs such as the Family Access Center of Excellence of Boone County, the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition and the National Center for Rural School Mental Health.

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