Catherine Thompson, PhD

Catherine Thompson, PhD (no photo)


School of Education

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Education, George Mason University; Masters in Special Education, George Mason University; Autism Certificate, George Mason University; BS in Marketing Management, Virginia Tech


I am passionate about serving God and using my gifts and talents to improve the lives of families and students with disabilities. I love research and sharing best practices with teachers and pre-service teachers. I especially enjoy working with families to help them gain a better understanding of their child’s needs and interventions that will help them. I’m a mother of an adult child with an autism spectrum disorder, a high school son, and two stepchildren. I love to travel with my husband. Fun Fact: When traveling in Mostar, Bosnia, my husband and I had coffee with a fighter from the Bosnian war and learned firsthand his experiences and atrocities.

Teaching Areas

Special Education, Mathematics

Research Interests

Family Collaboration, Evidence-Based Practices


Creighton Thompson, C. & Hauth, C., (2015). The Survival Guide for NEW special education teachers. Council for Exceptional Children.