About Dr. Patricia Thompson

Hi, I’m Patricia. I’m a corporate psychologist, executive coach, speaker, author, and avid fan of the Toronto Raptors. I was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, but now live in Atlanta, Georgia with my incredibly tall husband and extremely active son. 

My life’s work is to help others to fulfill their potential in their careers. I do this by giving keynote speeches, coaching people one-on-one, working with teams to enhance their performance, and sharing my knowledge through podcasts, interviews, and articles.

On the way to earning my PhD in Clinical Psychology, I was educated at the University of Toronto, Georgia State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Emory University School of Medicine. During my career, I have worked with clients ranging from college students, to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, to Fortune 500 CEOs, with the goal of helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals. I am passionate about partnering with people to help them to live their best lives possible and fulfill their career dreams.

In August, 2014, after 10 years of working for a management consulting firm, I decided to leave in order to devote myself to my own business full-time. I’ve personally experienced the joy and fulfillment that comes from tapping into my strengths to find meaningful work that is aligned with my talents and gifts. If you’re interested in working with me to make the most of your team or organization, please contact me.

My Beliefs

I believe that:

  • work is meant to be joyful and fulfilling.
  • having a deep understanding of yourself is foundational for performing at your peak.
  • the key to success is crafting a career that aligns with your strengths and your values.
  • each of us has greatness inside of us, if we can just get out of our own way.
  • applying the principles of mindfulness and positive psychology will enable you to thrive professionally.
  • one of the most rewarding parts of the human experience is the opportunity to continually challenge yourself and grow.

I know this because:

  • countless research studies have shown that positive organizational cultures that promote meaningful work produce better results.
  • I’ve seen how “aha” moments in clients become the catalyst for remarkable growth.
  • as an executive coach, I’ve witnessed more stunning transformations than I can count that resulted from working smarter, not harder.
  • I’ve helped numerous people to fall back in love with their work, by learning how to manage stress and burnout.
  • I’ve personally experienced the sense of intense pride and reward that has come from using mindfulness to face my fears to become an entrepreneur and public speaker.

Quotes from Audience Members:

"I swear. I thought you were talking right to me. And I heard the same thing from other participants. Your blend of expertise and vulnerability are powerful. Grateful to have been there."
Audience Member, Women in Leadership Series
"As someone who values leadership skills, Dr. Thompson was able to inspire me and impart knowledge that is applicable to my current role on campus. Her personal narrative and intellectual insight sparked new motivation to continue my journey as a leader. She is an excellent role model and makes herself readily available to those with questions. A women of excellence and true passion who educated and elevated all of us.”
Jessica Tolbert, Student, President of Claflin University Student Council
"Patricia is not only immensely clever, but impressively articulate. Her calm tone put me at ease and encouraged me.Thank you, Patricia, for being so articulate, open, and emotionally intelligent. You're making the world a better place. I'd LOVE to work with you one day!"
Audience Member
"As a speaker, Dr. Patricia Thompson is extremely effective and compelling. While she’s a highly respected expert in her field,  it’s her authenticity, clarity and willingness to show vulnerability that make her even more impactful.  Leaders and professionals at all levels leave inspired and open to new ideas."
Susan Hitchcock, Host of the Women in Leadership Seminar series

Here’s My Official Bio

Dr. Patricia Thompson is a Corporate Psychologist and Management Consultant who is passionate about helping her clients flourish by making well-informed hiring decisions, cultivating talent, and developing a positive organizational culture. Notable clients during her career have included Baylor, Scott & White Health, SunTrust Banks, Mercer HR Consulting, The United Way, Performance Food Group, Chick-Fil-A, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, the Georgia Department of Revenue, the Girl Scouts of America, Performance Food Group, and many others. She has been consulting to CEOs and senior executives since 2004.

Patricia is the author of The Consummate Leader: a Holistic Guide to Inspiring Growth in Others…and in Yourself  a book which has been endorsed by NY Times best-selling authors Adam Grant, Marshall Goldsmith, and Chris Yeh, along with Dr. Nadine Kaslow, the 2014 President of the American Psychological Association. She has also been featured in The Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Money Magazine, Inc., Time, Business Insider, and a host of other sites.

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Patricia completed her B.A. in sociology at the University of Toronto. She then went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University. As part of her training, she completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral fellowship through Emory University’s School of Medicine. She has taught courses and facilitated seminars at the Wharton Business School, the University of Toronto, Emory University, Spelman College, Georgia State University, and various community organizations. She has also won awards from the American Psychological Association, the Southeastern Psychological Association, and the Georgia Psychological Association for excellence in research.

On a personal level, Patricia enjoys playing tennis, playing classical piano, working out, doing pilates, reading, and meditating. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.

The Fun Extras

01:

I am a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, but my parents are from Jamaica and Bermuda.

02:

I really enjoy traveling. Some favorite spots include Vancouver, Toronto, Mexico City, San Diego, Portland, Chicago, and Montego Bay.

03:

My husband and I had two weddings. The first one occurred a week after we were engaged, when we eloped on the beach in San Diego. The second one occurred six months later. It was a traditional wedding with family and friends in Atlanta.

04:

I am a classically-trained pianist, cellist, and clarinetist. To help support myself in university and grad school, I played piano for ballet schools, parties, churches, and taught lessons.

05:

I have developed an odd obsession with various home improvement and cooking shows – especially The Property Brothers and Chopped. (The irony is, I put none of the skills I pick up from these shows into practice)!

06:

I love to work out. Right now, I’m very much into the gym, tennis, and yoga, all while wearing my heart rate monitor.

07:

In my home, everyone is on the tallish side. I’m 5’8, and my husband, a former basketball player, is 6’8. My son is even in on the act. He was over 10 pounds when he was born, and has been above the 99th %ile for height his whole life.

08:

Even though my “official” title is Dr. Thompson (and it’s supposedly good for making me sound credible), I much prefer to be called Patricia.

09:

I love Christmas music, and have been known to break into Christmas carols at any point during the year.

Bonus!

I’ve had more birthdays than my mom…she was a leap year baby.

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Atlanta-based Corporate Psychologist and Life Coach