Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor 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 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 in equalities, 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 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.