Dr. Ken Thompson

Dr. Ken ThompsonDirector
Principal Psychiatrist, Visible Hands Consulting

Dr. Ken Thompson currently serves as a principal for Visible Hands Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA., and as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry for the University of Pittsburgh.

Previously Dr. Thompson served as the Associate Director of Medical Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Thompson worked for more than 15 years as a community psychiatrist in a wide variety of settings, including a primary care clinic, an HIV clinic, a state hospital, several disaster response teams, a homeless outreach team and a community mental health center. Prior to becoming Associate Director of Medical Affairs for CMHS, Dr. Thompson worked with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Pennsylvania, providing psychiatric consultation to the Harrisburg State Hospital closure process.

Dr. Thompson received his AB degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, before working for a year as a mental health worker at Mclean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.  He then attended Boston University School of Medicine on a National Health Service Corps Scholarship, graduating in 1982.

Dr. Thompson is a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Bruno Lima Award for his work addressing the mental health aspects of disasters and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a fellow of the International Center for Health Leadership Development at the University of Illinois, Chicago.