Kendra Thompson-Dyck

About Kendra Thompson-Dyck

Kendra Thompson-Dyck is Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona.  She studies how the spatial distribution of organizations impacts community well-being, particularly for youth populations.  Her dissertation explores neighborhood influences on juvenile recidivism in the Phoenix-metro area with a focus on the role of organizations in enhacing or reducing risk to repeat offending.  

Kendra has a strong background in applied and academic research using qualitative, quantitative, and spatial methods using GIS.  She has online and classroom teaching experience at the University of Arizona and Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.  

Research Interests

Juvenile Delinquency, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Gender, Social Psychology, Urban Community


Selected Publications

Korchmaros, Josephine, Kendra Thompson-Dyck, and Rodney Haring.  2017.  “Professionals’ Perceptions of and Recommendations for Matching Juvenile Drug Court Clients to Services.” Children and Youth Services Review. 47:149-164. 

Thompson-Dyck, Kendra, Brian Mayer, Kathryn Freeman Anderson, and Joseph Galaskiewicz.  2016. “Bringing People Back In: Crisis Planning and Response Embedded in Social Contexts.” In Y. Yamagata & H. Maruyama (Eds.), Urban Resilience: A Transformative Approach. Springer Publishing: New York. 

Greene, Alison, Kendra Thompson-Dyck, Megan S. Wright, Monica Davis, and Katie Haverly.  2016. “Community Engagement: Perspectives on an Essential Element of Juvenile Drug Courts Implementing Reclaiming Futures.”  Drug Court Review X(1): 116-154.  


  • Qualitative Analyst for the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Court/Reclaiming Futures at the University of Arizona's Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW)  (2013-2015)
  • Research Associate for Dr. Joseph Galaskiewicz on a project funded by the National Science Foundation that studies family use of community organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area and children's well-being. (2010-2015)
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Dissertation Title

Revisiting the Neighborhood: A Spatial Analysis of Community Organizations and Juvenile Recidivism in the Urban Southwest

Courses Taught

Juvenile Delinquency, Introduction to Sociology, Sex and Gender