Jeff Thompson, Ph.D.

Jeff Thompson, Ph.D.

Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective and hostage negotiator.   Jeff recently was the recipient of the Police Commissioner Graduate Scholarship and conducted research on crisis negotiations during terrorist incidents as a Research Fellow at Columbia University Law School.

His law enforcement role includes being a hostage negotiatior, deveoping crisis communication and conflict resolution trainings as well as developing and implementing community engagement programs and social media initiatives.

Jeff received his doctorate in conflict resolution from Griffith University Law School and he received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Creighton University School of Law.

He has presented and trained on the topic of hostage/crisis negotiation, conflict, mediation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally for a variety of audiences including police personnel, government officials, judges, attorneys, physicians, sales people, business professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Jeff has been published with various media websites such as,, and  His writing has been for academics, specific professions, and the general public.  

His work and projects have been featured on numerous media organizations including the New York Times, CNN, BBC radio, Al Jazeera, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Jeff is on the board of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Greater New York Chapter, he is the co-chair of the Crisis Negotiation Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and is also a member of professional and academic organizations such as the New York Association of Hostage Negotiators, Mediators Beyond Borders, and the International Mediation Institute.

*Jeff's articles represent his own views and opinions- not that of any organization he is employed by or is a member of.

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Beyond Words shows us nonverbal communication is more than just body language! it also includes the environment, clothing and appearance, touch, and your tone.

This blog shares the insights, research, and experiences of PhD candidate, detective, and mediator, Jeff Thompson as well as the latest news and research from others.

The articles are offered in a manner that you can easily apply to your professional and personal life and promises to show that research can be both a learning opportunity and fun.



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