Lisa M. Thompson

Lisa M. Thompson

Associate Professor, tenured, Director of Graduate Studies | RN, FNP-BC, MS, PHD, FAAN


Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor, tenured, in the School of Nursing at Emory University and affiliated faculty in the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health. She is the Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD program in nursing. She is a member of the Network for Evaluation and Implementation Sciences at Emory University (NEISE). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses.

Dr. Thompson received her BSN, MSN and FNP degrees from San Francisco State University. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Health Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Emory in 2017, Dr.Thompson was on faculty in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Thompson worked for 18 years as a nurse and family nurse practitioner at La Clinica de la Raza, a community clinic that primarily serves Spanish speaking low-income patients in Oakland, California. In 2014, she began volunteering as a family nurse practitioner at the Street Level Health Project, a clinic in East Oakland providing free comprehensive medical care to primarily undocumented, uninsured patients.

Areas of Expertise

Global Health
Environmental Health
Climate Change
Implementation Science
Maternal And Infant Health Midwifery
Public Health Public Health Nursing
Vulnerable Populations
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  1. Hengstermann M, Diaz-Artiga A, Roberto Otzóy-Sucúc, Ana Laura Maria Ruiz-Aguilar, Thompson LM. Developing visual messages to support liquefied petroleum gas use in intervention homes in the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial in rural Guatemala. Health Education and Behavior (Accepted January 2021).
  1. Williams K, Thompson LM (co-first authors), Sakas Z, Hengstermann M, Quinn A, Diaz-Artiga A, Thangavel G, Puzzolo E, Rosa G, Balakrishnan K, Peel J, Checkley W, Clasen T, Miranda J, Rosenthal J, Harvey S, and HAPIN Investigators. (2020). Designing a comprehensive behaviour change intervention to promote and monitor exclusive use of liquefied petroleum gas stoves for the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial. BMJ Open, 10(9), e037761.
  2. Clasen T, Checkley W, Peel J, Balakrishnan K, McCracken JP, Rosa G, Thompson LM, Boyd Barr D, Clark M, Johnson M, Waller LA, Jaacks LM, Steenland K,  Miranda JJ, Chang H, Kim, D-Y, Rosenthal J. and HAPIN Investigators (2020). Design and Rationale of the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) Study: A multi-country randomized controlled trial to assess the effect of liquefied petroleum gas stove and continuous fuel distribution on household air pollution and health. Environmental Health Perspectives, 128(4), 47008. doi:10.1289/ehp6407.
  3. Quinn A, Williams K, Thompson LM, Rosa G, Diaz Artiga A, Thangavel G, Miranda JJ, Rosenthal JP, Clasen TF, Harvey SA. (2019). Compensating control participants when the intervention is of significant value: experience in Guatemala, India, Peru, and Rwanda. BMJ Global Health, 4(4). PMCID: PMC6730613.
  4. Weinstein JR, Diaz-Artiga A, Benowitz N, & Thompson LM. (2019). Weinstein JR, Diaz-Artiga A, Benowitz N, & Thompson LM. (2019). Reductions in urinary metabolites of exposure to household air pollution in pregnant, rural Guatemalan women provided liquefied petroleum gas stoves. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 2020;30(2):362-373. PMCID: PMC7044065.
  5. Castner C, Amiri A, Rodriguez J, Huntington-Moskos L, Thompson LM, Zhao S, Polivka B. (2019). Symptom Science Model for Environmental Health. Public Health Nursing 36(5), 716-725. PMID: 31310379.
  6. Thompson, LM. (2019). Household Air Pollution from Cooking Fires are a Global Problem: Are Nurses Paying Attention? American Journal of Nursing, 119 (11):61-64. PMID: 31651506.
  7. Thompson LM, Diaz-Artiga A, Weinstein, JR, Handley MA. (2018). Designing a behavioral intervention using the COM-B model and the Theoretical Domains Framework to promote gas stove use in rural Guatemala: A formative research study. BMC Public Health, 18 (1), 253. PMID: 29444650.


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Dr. Thompson teaches in the PhD program and lectures in undergraduate and master’s-level courses. Her areas of teaching interest include population health, focusing on addressing health inequalities, environmental epidemiology, focusing on air pollution and climate change, and quantitative research methods. One of the most rewarding aspects of her career is mentoring over 25 pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows since 2008 and seeing them become independent investigators.


Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on environmental health disparities that contribute to adverse perinatal outcomes, specifically low birth weight, preterm birth, child stunting and cognitive development. Her contribution to nursing research is in global environmental health, specifically developing and evaluating interventions to reduce exposures to household air pollution from cooking fires in low-resource countries. Only a limited number of nurse scientists are actively conducting research at the intersection of nursing and global environmental health. Therefore, her influence to this field of research is unique. For the past 15 years, her research has been focused on household air pollution research since the first randomized stove intervention trial, the RESPIRE trial, was conducted in Guatemala in 2002. She has received funding from USAID, Grand Challenges Canada, and NIH to design behavioral change interventions to reduce exposures to air pollution. She works with an interdisciplinary team of environmental scientists, physicians, epidemiologists and implementation scientists and is co-investigator on the HAPIN trial, the largest multi-country RCT to date on household air pollution. She participates in the Fogarty International Center/ National Institutes of Health Clean Cooking Implementation Science Network. Her publications and international presentations span the disciplines of nursing and public health.


  • Fellow, Thought Leadership Fellow, Institute for Developing Nations, Emory University, 2019
  • Fellow, Emory Global Health Institute, 2017-2020
  • Volunteer Award, Street Level Health Project, Oakland, California, 2014
  • CTSI KL2 Career Development Award in Multidisciplinary Clinical Research, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, 2011-2014
  • NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health, 2009
  • Faculty Development Award, UCSF Academic Senate, 2009
  • Burke Family Global Health Faculty Award, UCSF Global Health Sciences, 2009
  • Henrik L. Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 2008