Paula Thomson, PsyD, is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist working in private practice in California and is a reliable coder for the Adult Attachment Interview. She is Co-Director of the Performance Psychophysiology Laboratory at CSUN, adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, OperaWorks faculty, Professor Emeritus at York University’s Departments of Theatre and Graduate Studies (Canada). She was a professional dancer and continues work as choreographer and movement coach in dance, theatre and opera. Past professional choreographic company work includes Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage Company, Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Northern Lights Dance Theatre, Ballet Jorgen, and UCLA On the Edge of Chaos. She is the first author of two books, (1) Creativity and the Performing Artist: Behind the Mask, and (2) Creativity, Trauma, and Resilience, as well as multiple peer-reviewed research articles. In 2013, she was named one of the top 20 female professors in California.
- Psy.D 1998, American Behavioral Studies Institute
- M.A. 1976, York University
- B.Ed 1974, University of Toronto
- B.A. 1973, York University
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