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Martie Thompson


Office: 321H Brackett Hall
Phone: 864-656-6098
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 Educational Background

PhD Community Psychology
Georgia State University 1995

BA Psychology
Georgia State University 1989

 Courses Taught

Research Methods
Secondary Data Analysis
Topics in Social Research
Interpersonal and self-directed violence
CI- Suicide Prevention


Dr. Martie Thompson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University. She received her Ph.D. in community psychology from Georgia State University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before coming to Clemson University in 2001. Her research focuses on risk factors and consequences of violence, as well as risk factors for suicidal behavior. She has published over 100 articles on these topics, and her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

 Research Interests

violence prevention; suicide prevention

 Research Publications

Thompson, M.P., Kingree, J.B., & Lamis, D. (2018). Associations of adverse childhood experiences and suicidal behaviors in adulthood in a U.S. nationally representative sample. Child: Care, Health and Development. DOI: 10.1111/cch.12617

Zinzow, H.M., Thompson, M.P., Fulmer, C., Goree, J., & Evinger, L. (n press). Evaluation of a brief suicide prevention training program for college campuses. Archives of Suicide Research.

Zinzow, H.M., Thompson, M.P., Goree, J., Fulmer, C., Greene, C., & Allison, H. (in press). Evaluation of a college sexual violence prevention program focused on education, bystander intervention, and alcohol risk reduction. College Student Affairs Journal.

Mellins, C.A., Walsh, K., Sarvet, A.L., Wall, M., Gilbert, L., Santelli, J., Thompson. M., Wilson, P., Khan, S., Benson, S., Bah, K., Kaufman, K., Reardon, L., & Hirsch, J.S. (2017). Sexual assault incidents among college undergraduates: Prevalence and factors associated with risk. PLOS One, 12(11),

Brennan, C.L., Swartout, K.M., Goodnight, B.L., Cook, S., Parrott, D., Thompson, M.P., Schry, A., Barron, S., Carvalho, J., & Leone, R. (2018). Evidence for multiple classes of sexually-violent college men. Psychology of Violence. Advance online publication.

Kingree, J.B., & Thompson, M.P. (in press). Sorority membership and sexual victimization: An examination of potential mediators of the association. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Gilbert, L., Sarvet, A.L., Wall, M., Walsh, K., Reardon, L., Wilson, P., Santelli, J., Khan, S., Thompson, M.P., Hirsch, J.S., & Mellins, C.A. (in press). Deconstructing situational contexts associated with incapacitated and non-incapacitated sexual assault incidents among undergraduate women. Journal of Women’s Health.

Zinzow, H.M., & Thompson, M.P. (in press). Beliefs about consent and sexual assault perpetration in a longitudinal study of college men. Violence and Victims.

Hudson-Flege, M, Grover, H., Mece, M, Ramos, A., Thompson, M.P. (in press). Empathy as a moderator of sexual violence perpetration risk factors among college males. Journal of American College Health.

Hagen, T., Thompson, M.P., & Williams, J. (2018). Religiosity reduces sexual aggression and coercion in a longitudinal cohort of college men: Mediating roles of peer norms, promiscuity, and pornography. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 57, 95–108.

Thompson, M. P., & Swartout, K.M. (2017). Epidemiology of suicide attempts among youth transitioning to adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47, 807-817, doi: 10.1007/s10964-017-0674-8

Flege, M. H., & Thompson, M.P. (2017). Empathy and extracurricular involvement in emerging adulthood: Findings from a longitudinal study of undergraduate college males. Journal of College Student Development, 58, 674-684.

Kingree, J.B., & Thompson, M.P. (2017). Heavy episodic drinking and sexual aggression among male college students: The protective influence of church attendance. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32, 604-620. doi: 10.1177/0886260515586372

Thompson, M.P., Kingree, J.B., Zinzow, H.M., & Swartout, K.M. (2015).Time-varying risk factors and sexual aggression perpetration among male college students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57, 637-642. DOI:

Swartout, K.M., Koss, M.P., White, J.W, Thompson, M.P., Abbey, A., & Bellis A.L. (2015). A trajectory analysis of the campus serial rapist assumption. JAMA Pediatrics, 169, 1148-1154. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0707

Zinzow, H.M., & Thompson, M.P. (2015). Factors associated with use of verbally coercive, incapacitated, and forcible sexual assault tactics in a longitudinal study of college men. Aggressive Behavior, 41, 34-43.

Swartout, K.M., Thompson, M.P., Koss, M.P., Su, N. (2015). What is the best way to analyze less frequent forms of violence? The case of sexual aggression. Psychology of Violence, 5, 305-313.

D’Orio, B. M., Thompson, M.P., Lamis, D. A., Heron, S., & Kaslow, N. J. (2015). Social support, attachment, and drug misuse in suicidal African American women. Addiction Research and Theory, 23, 170-176. doi: 10.3109/16066359.2014.966096

Thompson, M.P. (2014). Risk and protective factors for sexual aggression and dating violence: Common themes and future directions. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 15, 304-309. doi: 10.1177/1524838014521025

Kingree, J. & Thompson, M.P. (2015). A comparison of risk factors for alcohol-involved and alcohol-uninvolved sexual aggression perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 1478–1492. doi: 10.1177/0886260514540806

Zinzow, H.M., & Thompson, M.P. (2015). A longitudinal examination of risk factors for repeated sexual aggression in college men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 213-222. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0243-5

Flowers, K., Walker, R., Thompson, M.P., & Kaslow, N.J. (2014). Associations between reasons for living and diminished suicide intent among African-American female suicide attempters. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202, 569-575.

Williams, S., & Thompson, M.P. (2013). Examining the prospective effects of making a virginity pledge among males across their four years of college. Journal of American College Health, 61, 114-120.

Kingree, J.B., & Thompson, M.P. (2013). Fraternity membership and sexual aggression: An examination of mediators of the association. Journal of American College Health, 61, 213-221. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2013.781026.

Thompson, M.P., Swartout, K., & Koss, M.P. (2013). Trajectories and predictors of sexually aggressive behaviors during emerging adulthood. Psychology of Violence, 3, 247–259 doi: 10.1037/a0030624.

Thompson, M.P. & Morrison, D. (2013). Prospective predictors of technology-based sexual coercion by college males. Psychology of Violence, 3, 233–246. doi: 10.1037/a0030904.

Katsiyannis, A., Thompson, M.P., Barrett, D., & Kingree, J.B. (2013). School predictors of violent criminality in adulthood: Findings from a nationally representative longitudinal study. Remedial and Special Education, 34, 205–214. doi: 10.1177/0741932512448255

Correa, V.I., Baughan, C.C., Fries, K.M., Thompson, M.P., & Algozzine, R. (2013). Evaluation of the effects of Read it Once Again across two groups of students. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16, 30-47.

Correa, V.I., Baughan, C.C., Fries, K.M., Thompson, M.P., & Algozzine, R. (2013). Read it Once Again instruction with two groups of students. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 16, 99-103

Zinzow, H., Thompson, M. P., Rheingold, A (2012). Homicide survivors: Neglected victims of crime. In R. Davis, A. Lurigio, & S. Herman (Eds.), Victims of Crime, 4th Ed. (pp. 133-160). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Kingree, J.B., & Thompson, M.P. (2011). Participation in Alcoholics Anonymous and post-treatment abstinence from alcohol and other drugs. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 882-885.

West, L. M., Davis, T., Thompson, M.P., & Kaslow, N. (2011). "Let me count the ways:" Fostering reasons for living in a sample of low-income, suicidal, African American women. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41, 491-500.

Thompson, M.P., & Light, L.S. (2011). Examining gender differences in risk factors for suicide attempts one and seven years later in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48, 391-397.

Zinzow, H., & Thompson, M.P. (2011). Barriers to reporting sexual victimization: Prevalence and correlates among undergraduate women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 20, 711-725.

Light, L.S., McCoy, T., Thompson, M.P., Spitler, H., Sutfin, E., & Rhodes, S. (2011). Modeling the Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI): A Comparison of statistical methods. Addiction Research & Theory, 19, 510-518.

Thompson, M.P., Kingree, J.B., Koss, M.P., Goree, J., & Rice, J. (2011). A prospective mediational model of male sexual aggression among college men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 2716-2734.

Kaslow, N.J., Leiner, A.S., Reviere, S., Jackson, E., Bethea, K., Bhaju, J., Rhodes, M., Gantt, M.J., Senter, H., & Thompson, M.P. (2010). Suicidal, abused, African American women’s response to a culturally informed intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 449-458.

Gabalda, M.K., Thompson, M.P., Kaslow, N.J (2010). Risk and protective factors for psychological adjustment among low-income, African American children. Journal of Family Issues, 31, 423-444.

Thompson, M.P., & Kingree, J.B. (2010). Sexual victimization, negative cognitions, and adjustment in college women. American Journal Health Behavior, 34, 55-59.

Thompson, M.P., Spitler, H., Brown, C., Marra, L., McCoy, T., Sutfin, E., & Rhodes, S. (2009). The moderating role of gender in the prospective associations between expectancies and high-risk drinking. Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 934-942.

Owen, A.E., Thompson, M.P., Shaffer, A., Jackson, E.B., & Kaslow, N.J. (2009). Family variables that mediate the relation between intimate partner violence (IPV) and child adjustment. Journal of Family Violence, 24, 433-445.

Sutfin, E.L., Light, L.S., Wagoner, K.G., McCoy, T., Thompson, M.P., Rhodes, S.D., & Spitler, H.D. (2009). Protective behaviors and high-risk drinking among entering college freshmen. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33, 610-622.

Smith, C.O., Thompson, M.P., Johnson, K., Nitsche, A., & Kaslow, N.J. (2009). Service utilization patterns among maltreated and non-maltreated, low-income African American children. Psychiatric Services, 60, 1386-1389.

Gabalda, M. K., Broth, M.R., Thompson, M.P., & Kaslow, N.J. (2009). Children’s emotional abuse and relational functioning: Social support and internalizing symptoms as moderators. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 2, 179-197.

Thompson, M.P., Kuruwita, C., & Foster, E.M. (2009). Transitions in suicide risk in a nationally representative sample of adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44, 458-463.

Lin, J., Thompson, M.P., & Kaslow, N.J. (2009). The mediating role of social support in the community environment—psychological distress link among low-income African American women. Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 459-470.

Thompson, M.P., Sims, L., Kingree, J.B., & Windle, M. (2008). Longitudinal associations between problem alcohol use and violent victimization in a national sample of adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 21-27.

Kaslow, N.J., & Thompson, M.P. (2008). Associations of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence with low SES, African American children's psychological adjustment. Child Abuse and Neglect, 32, 888-896.

Owen, A.E., Thompson, M.P., Mitchell, M.D., Kennebrew, S.Y., Paranjape, A., Reddick, T.L., Hargrove, G., & Kaslow, N.J. (2008). Perceived social support as a mediator of the link between intimate partner conflict and child adjustment. Journal of Family Violence, 2, 221–230.