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Faculty Spotlight: Meet Joanna Mussey, PhD

Meet the Thompson Center’s newest faculty member, Joanna Mussey, PhD., Assistant Professor. Dr. Mussey joined us in July this year.

What attracted you to the autism field?

I started out in developmental disabilities broadly while an undergraduate and then moved more toward ASD. I saw a need and it just made sense to me.

What will be your role at the Thompson Center?


What do you enjoy most about your work?

Interacting with clients and their families, collaborating with vibrant colleagues and trainees, and engaging in critical thinking and problem solving in its various forms…just to name a few.

What are you most looking forward to in role at the Thompson Center?

Being able to contribute to the high quality of care and various professional practices at the Thompson Center while continuing to grow professionally.

What advice would you give someone who’s considering finishing their degree in the autism field?

There is such a need and so many different avenues available to pursue within this field. Explore what fits your interests or your niche and identify a variety of mentors or sponsors who can help you along the way.  

What is your favorite kind of candy, and why?

Just about anything chocolate – because it’s chocolate

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

Spending time with family and friends, dancing, practicing yoga, listening to music, watching football…oh my, the list goes on!

Learn more about Dr. Mussey’s education, training and research interests here!