Machelle Madsen Thompson

Machelle Madsen Thompson

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Machelle Madsen Thompson is a research and teaching faculty member with expertise in trauma, resilience, and child welfare. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and Qualified Supervisor for CSW and MFT. She has 12 years of non-accidental trauma intervention experience at Primary Children's Hospital affiliated with the University of Utah serving the intermountain region. She earned her Ph.D. from FSU from the College of Social Work with an Educational Psychology Statistics & Measurement certification. She became a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in 2018, collaborating with faculty at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and medical & social work professionals at Shanghai Children's Medical Center. Dr. Madsen Thompson runs trauma resilience intervention, measurement, and outcome research with underserved communities and individuals. She presents nationally and internationally on resilience implementation following severe childhood trauma. She is a lifetime member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and a board member of the International Academy of Violence and Abuse.


  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Social Work
  • Community Engagement
  • Health/Health Disparities
  • International Social Work
  • Measurement Development
  • Mental Health
  • Resilience
  • Trauma
  • Veterans/Military


  • PhD, 2010, Florida State University, Social Work
  • Behavioral Statistics and Measurement Certification, 2005, Educational Psychology
  • MSW, 1990, University of Utah, Social Work
  • BS, 1988, Brigham Young University,  Psychology


Madsen Thompson, M. (2017, March). Measuring and implementing protective factors with traumatized youths. Perspectives: California Coalition on Sexual Offending (CCOSO) Quarterly Newsletter, 1 (5).

Madsen Thompson, M.D. & Kilka, B. (2015). Resilience following childhood trauma: The essential role of protective factors. Adverse Child Experiences group, of the Academy on Violence and Abuse in collaboration with the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. Retrieved from

Madsen, M.D. & Abell. N. (2010). Trauma Resilience Scale: Validation of protective factors associated with positive adaptation following violence.  Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 223-233.


Fulbright Scholar, Hong Kong 2017-2018.

Ralph Stair Innovation in Teaching Award, 2015.  Florida State University

Machelle Madsen Thompson