Hello everyone.   I created this website and companion twitter account (@NonverbalPhD) when I began my journey towards a PhD at Griffith University Law School (February, 2011).  My research will be on nonverbal communication.  Nonverbal communication is much more than body language and I look forward to sharing my insights with everyone as this journey continues.

Not everything about a PhD has to be dull and boring.  Luckily for me I am doing my research on a topic I love (wait, does that make me dull and boring?) and enjoy reading hundreds of research papers as well as a favorite past time of mine and lots of people- people watching!

There are some great learning moments aside of some fantastic research papers.  This includes during my mediation practice as well as daily interactions.  Sometimes that involves cows staring at me.  No, I am not kidding- read about it [here].

This site’s design is to offer a balance of some quick tidbits of information, mobile uploads as well as more in-depth research analysis.  I hope this will appeal to the casual reader interested in knowing why certain people do certain things as well as my peers engaged in comprehensive research.

I always welcome comments and feedback so you can leave a comment on any of the posts or email me at Jeff.Thompson [at] Griffith.edu.au

For those looking for my biography, here you go:

Jeff Thompson is a professional mediator certified with the International Mediation Institute (IMI).  He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Griffith University Law School (Australia) and has a MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University.  Jeff is employed as a Detective in law enforcement working as a conflict specialist while also engaging in interfaith issues.

Jeff gives trainings, presentations and workshops on mediation, conflict resolution, communication and nonverbal communication to a variety of audiences in Europe, the United States and Australia.

Jeff’s work has been featured in a variety of media outlets on television, print, radio and the Internet.  This includes CNN, the New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Gold Coast Bulletin, ABC radio (Australia), NPR Radio, BBC, BBC radio, the Pakistani Post and Al Jazeera.


  1. Dr Sima Barmania
    September 17, 2011

    Hi Jeff,
    Stumbled across your website on the Peace and collaborative development network.

    My name is Dr Sima Barmania, a British female muslim doctor focussing on global health but also on interfaith and peace. I am setting up a peace education initiative (i presented this at yale university). I am also undertaking a PhD, looking at HIV in Muslim and Christian populations including interfaith elements, I am doing this at Glasgow university (but i’m based in London, as i have not got funding for my PhD and have no money so living at home with my parents as its cheaper!).

    I also blog for the Independent:




    I wonder whether you will be coming to London and whether you’d have time to chat. best wishes.
    Dr Sima Barmania BMedsci MBBS MPH, lONDON, phd student

    • Jeff Thompson
      December 23, 2011

      Dr. Barmania,

      Thank you for the comments! At the moment, traveling to the UK is not on my 2012 schedule (I was in Scotland last year). That said, if I do, I will reach out to you. Best of luck with your work and research.


    • Jeff Thompson
      February 2, 2012

      Dr. Sima,

      Sorry, but during my last travel to the UK was only Glasgow. Hopefully next time!