HI, I'M DR. CARA THOMPSON
Who I am…
I’m a consultant and coach that helps correctional and juvenile justice agencies incorporate evidence-based practices through strategic planning and coaching.
When I began my doctoral program in 2009, my passion for criminal justice was clear to me. However, it was not clear how I would channel this passion into a career. Shortly after beginning the doctoral program, I began working on the Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) project for the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute (UCCI) as a coach assisting probation and parole officers in learning and implementing a new case management model. This was my introduction to the intersection of research and practice, which helped me find and understand my place in the field: helping practitioners better understand and more fully integrate practices based in evidence.
In 2013, I accepted a full-time research associate position within the Corrections Institute as the EPICS Project Director, which gave me the opportunity to gain professional experience and still work closely on a project that had impacted me tremendously.
In 2015, I moved to Portland, Oregon and accepted a full-time position with Multnomah County Department of Community Justice as an Evidence-Based Practices Analyst, which helped to apply my knowledge beyond the EPICS subject area and work closely with one agency to guide evidence-based decision making and new initiatives. Most importantly, it gave me a deeper understanding of how criminal justice agencies operate and what it takes to be successful within them.
In March of 2018, I made the decision to leave Multnomah County to independently contract and consult, which afforded me the flexibility to complete my Ph.D. and get excited about research again, especially my own.