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Allison E. Thompson, PhD, MSS

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2013-2014

Advisor: Dr. Johanna K.P. Greeson

Dissertation: Natural and Formal Mentors Among Youth in Foster Care: How Do Mentor Type and Relationship Dynamics Explain Variance in the Quality of the Mentoring Relationship?

Research Interests

Transition to adulthood among youth aging out of foster care

Protective role of social support among foster youth

Relational permanence

Understanding formally matched and naturally occurring mentoring relationships for youth in foster care

Allison Thompson is a PhD graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. She received her Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and her bachelor’s degree in social work from Cairn University. Prior to entering the PhD program, Allison worked in a research unit at Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services and has worked in the field of child welfare for over ten years. Her research interests include the transition to adulthood among youth aging out of foster care, the protective role of social support among foster youth, relational permanence, and understanding formally matched and naturally occurring mentoring relationships for youth in foster care. Allison’s dissertation work investigated the extent to which mentor type explains variance in the quality of mentoring relationships among youth in foster care.

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