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Silver Lining Psychology is an Atlanta-based corporate psychology and management consulting firm founded by Dr. Patricia Thompson. Specializing in using a data-based approach to selecting, developing, and training talent, we assist clients all over North America in using the science of positive psychology to maximize their business outcomes.


Due to their single-minded focus on metrics, many leaders often overlook the “softer” factors that can inspire employees to be engaged in their work and perform at their best. Silver Lining Psychology was created based on a simple desire – to educate businesses and the leaders within them about how to adopt a positive approach to leadership and culture, to foster better organizational results.

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Patricia Thompson PhD



Silver Lining Psychology was created by Corporate Psychologist, Patricia Thompson, PhD. Dr. Thompson is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach who is passionate about helping her clients to flourish by making well-informed hiring decisions, cultivating talent, and developing a positive organizational culture. Notable clients during her career have included Baylor, Scott & White Health, SunTrust Banks, Mercer HR Consulting, AGL Resources, Performance Food Group, Chick-Fil-A, Baptist Health System of Pensacola, Northeast Georgia Health System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, The Studer Group, the Georgia Department of Revenue, and many others. She has been consulting to CEOs and senior executives since 2004.

Patricia is the creator of a number of online courses designed to help ambitious professionals transform their work by developing their emotional intelligence and leadership skills. She is also the author of The Consummate Leader: a Holistic Guide to Inspiring Growth in Others…and in Yourself, a book which has been endorsed by NY Times best-selling authors Adam Grant, Marshall Goldsmith, and Chris Yeh, along with Dr. Nadine Kaslow, the 2014 President of the American Psychological Association. She has also been featured in The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Money Magazine, Inc., Time, Business Insider, CNBC, Wharton Business Radio, ABC News Radio, and a host of other media outlets.

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Patricia completed her B.A. in sociology at the University of Toronto. She then went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University. As part of her training, she completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral fellowship through Emory University’s School of Medicine. She has taught courses and facilitated seminars at the Wharton Business School, the University of Toronto, Emory University, Spelman College, Georgia State University, and various community organizations. She has also won awards from the American Psychological Association, the Southeastern Psychological Association, and the Georgia Psychological Association for excellence in research. On a personal level, Patricia enjoys playing tennis, playing classical piano, working out, doing pilates, reading, and meditating. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.

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I have always been someone who was obsessed with understanding people.

As a shy elementary school student, I wasn’t one to speak up a lot in class. Instead, I preferred to sit back, watching everything that was going on around me. My favorite book at the time was “Harriet the Spy.” It was a book about a girl who would literally spy on people and write down what she saw. Inspired by Harriet, I would observe my classmates and make notes about them in my notebook. I know it sounds crazy, but looking back on it, it probably laid the foundation for my career.

I was first exposed to psychology when I took a class in high school. I found it fascinating. Learning about what makes people tick and hearing about different theories of personality captured my imagination, and helped me to further fine-tune the observations that I was making about others. Based on my continued interest across the years, it makes perfect sense that I eventually ended up getting my PhD in psychology.

Since getting my degree, I’ve focused my skills on helping people to achieve greater success in business by applying psychological principles. I’ve done it through consulting with organizations – from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. I’ve done it by coaching thousands of ambitious professionals, partnering with them to grow, develop, and fulfill their potentials. I’ve done it by creating online courses that have been taken by 12,000 students and counting. I’ve done it by sharing my advice in a range of media outlets, including Forbes, Fast Company, INC., Business Insider, the Harvard Business Review, and many others.

Now, I speak up a lot more than I did as a quiet first grader, but I’ve still maintained my passion for understanding people in addition to helping them to transform their lives and be more successful at work. I hope you’ll check out some of my offerings, so we can see if I can help you!