Phone: (512) 232-5375
Jennifer Thompson is a Research Project Manager at IDVSA. She currently works on a variety of projects within both the sexual assault and intimate partner violence portfolios, as well as providing service to the field via education and training. Jennifer was raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and returned to the U.S. to attend the University of Texas at Austin. She served as an officer in the United States Public Health Service in Tucson, AZ, with the Indian Health Service working on injury prevention evaluation and programming prior to pursuing her Master of Public Health. Jennifer comes to IDVSA most recently from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) where she served as a researcher and a campus law enforcement training specialist. Her areas of expertise include the dynamics and impact of sexual assault within institutional environments, barriers to engagement, secondary victimization, and effective policing responses.
Her professional interests include: public health approaches to the prevention and response to sexual violence, secondary trauma, and the effective assessment of the impacts of sexual violence. Specifically, she has an interest in resiliency among survivors and those responding to sexual violence, improving responses across all aspects of the criminal justice system, reducing the impact of vicarious trauma, and in incorporating survivor voices into training content. Jennifer is a certified TCOLE instructor and has taught courses on crime victimization and sexual assault at local, state, regional, and national levels.
She is currently working towards her Masters of Public Health at Michigan State University.