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Cheryl Thompson

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Social Work Field Education

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anxiety codependency & relational issues couples & marital counseling depression disordered eating emotional regulation faith-based counseling grief & loss mood disorders survivors of trauma


  • LCSW, Illinois (1992), Indiana (2020)
  • MSW, University of Illinois
  • BA, University of Illinois


I am a clinical social worker specializing in mental health. I have practiced in a variety of settings including outpatient counseling, adult partial hospitalization, and inpatient psychiatric, both secular and faith-based, specializing with depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse, relational issues, grief and loss, and eating disorders.

Advice to Incoming Students

  • Embrace community—invest in building relationships and participating together (chapel, pick-a-dates, meals, Taylathon)
  • Find rhythm, balance, and order (sleep, food, time with God, academics, relationships, solitude, etc.)

Why I Came to Taylor

Before coming to Taylor, I was a Taylor parent. Taylor’s mission resonated with me and I was drawn to its intentional community. I love coming alongside students in their academic and faith journey, as they discover what it means to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).


Reading, golf, coffee klatches, and spending time with family