Laura Perry-Thompson Program Coordinator, Pitt-Johnstown MSW Program



114 Blackington Hall, UPJ
Johnstown, PA 15904


Laura Perry-Thompson received two graduate degrees and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a MSW in 2000, a M.Ed. Rehabilitation Counseling in 1976 and BS Psychology in 1973.

She coordinates the MSW program located on the Pitt-Johnstown campus and teaches foundation and advanced clinical classes in the school’s graduate program.

Perry-Thompson has provided direct practice as a psychiatric social worker and counselor in medical and behavioral health settings for more than 25 years. Prior to coordinating the MSW program, Perry-Thompson provided counseling in the Personal Counseling Center. She also taught CAS and IL courses while providing academic advising, coaching and mentoring for undergraduate students in the Academic Support  Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Perry-Thompson served as EAP Coordinator/Therapist and psychiatric social worker at Memorial Medical Center where she also developed programs specializing in treating eating disorders and co-occurring behavioral health disorders.  She has also served as a renal social worker, Davita of Johnstown and in addition to direct practice provided caregiver and community education.

Perry-Thompson has extensive experience working with issues related the needs of women and serves on several community organization boards. Perry-Thompson is currently working with a faith-based organization in the development of a transitional living facility for young women with Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities.

Perry-Thompson also serves as the Senior Officer of Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Liaison on the Pitt-Johnstown campus where she works closely with special interest student organizations and liaisons with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Affirmative Action, Diversity and Inclusion.