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Faculty, staff, and National Facilitators at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center represent a multi-disciplinary team of change agents, early child development educators, psychologists, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and other early child development and behavior experts, professional development trainers, project directors, program evaluators, statisticians, community engagement professionals, and more. Similarly, our Touchpoints Training sites hail from 33 states and over 100 communities, from urban to rural, and everything in between.

M. Dewana Thompson, PhD


PhD, Family and Child Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

MA, Child Development, Cognate in Family Studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

BA, Sociology, Hampton University, Hampton, VA


Dr. Dewana Thompson has worked in the field of child, family, and community engagement for 30 years. She is passionate about family engagement and has dedicated her life’s work to supporting parents and families in their role as their children’s first and most important teachers. She has shared her expertise in the field at the local, state, and national level as a trainer, facilitator, director, research evaluator, and educator. In her previous roles, she has provided family engagement training and technical assistance at a national level to 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool sites for the U.S. Department of Education; facilitated community partnerships between institutions of higher education and schools to offer families community-based parent education programs and higher education opportunities at the state and regional level; overseen the development and implementation of numerous family engagement resource centers; and supervised family engagement staff at the district level.

Currently, Dr. Thompson continues to lend her expertise in the field as a consultant to Scholastic as a National Trainer for Scholastic’s FACE (Family and Community Engagement) Program and Director of Village Consulting Group. She has been a National Trainer with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center since 2011 and is proud to currently serve as the Director of the National Training Team.

Dr. Thompson has completed the following Fellowships:

Irving Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

Areas of Interest:

Family engagement
Child development
Community engagement
Out-of-school time/Afterschool programming
Black children and families
Building collaborations between families, schools, & communities

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