Dr. Emily Crawford-Thompson, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Founder/Owner of Columbia Psychology Healing Center LLC

Emily Crawford-Thompson, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Psychological Evaluations with teens (ages 16 and up) and adults, including those who wish to be evaluated for possible Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She has over twelve years’ experience in psychological evaluations.  She is well known in Columbia, Missouri as a trusted and compassionate psychologist with impeccable work that both providers and clients respect.  She is trained in the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), MIGDAS-2, and other measures to assess Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She also does comprehensive psychological evaluations to determine diagnoses and treatment recommendations for a range of issues including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the range of mood, anxiety, and thought disorders.  She performs IQ testing and Learning Disorder testing, and evaluates independent living skills to provide concrete information about what kind of help individuals need to be more independent and enjoy their best quality of life.  She also does evaluations to determine readiness to participate in bariatric surgery, spinal cord stimulator, and transplant procedures.  Evaluations include a comprehensive written report with thorough, specific, and detailed recommendations for treatment and services, tailored to individual needs, and emphasizing strengths. Feedback includes a thorough discussion of results in which the client is encouraged to ask questions and share their feelings about direction moving forward.

Dr. Crawford-Thompson also provides individual counseling and group counseling, and she offers workshops for CEs for other mental health providers on a variety of topics including Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, assessment in counseling, and autism in adults.  She taught graduate assessment courses at Stephens College for several years, and she has ten years of experience in community mental health in addition to her internship and postdoc experiences at the VA hospital.  She has supervised several providers for licensure, and facilitated peer supervision for many years. 

Dr. Crawford-Thompson is a published author of God is Talking: How a Green Iguana Taught Me to Listen, along with several academic journal articles and book chapters on topics pertaining to trauma and resilience.  Since founding Walk for Water-Columbia in 2012, Dr. Crawford-Thompson has helped raised over $10,800 for Charity: Water global clean water efforts.  She is a Christian leader in her church, and she believes that spirituality is an important component of mental health and Total Well-Being.  While she sees the world through a Christian “lens,” she also is very knowledgeable about other worldviews, and meets clients wherever they are at, to help them achieve their own unique goals.  She offers a Christian approach to clients who are interested, and respects those of other faith beliefs or no identified faith belief.  For those seeking spiritual care and prayer, Chaplain Laird is available (see his bio to the right). Dr. Crawford-Thompson genuinely enjoys helping people, and offers an empathetic, collaborative, and strengths-focused approach.  Contact Emily at emily@columbiapsychology.com, or click below to schedule an appointment.