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Dr. Thompson is the Co-Investigator of the Avon Foundation Community Education and Outreach Initiative Patient Navigation Program and the Prospective Surveillance Model for Physical Rehabilitation for Women with Breast Cancer Program. She is past Principal Investigator of the Georgia Cancer Coalition Strengthening Bridges Program for Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivorship, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Expanding Patient Navigation to Facilitate Breast Cancer Patients’ Multimodal Treatment Recommendations and the You First! Workplace Wellness Campaign to promote breast cancer screening at Grady Health System. She is the Principal Investigator and Training Lead for the Georgia Statewide Cancer Patient Navigation Training.

Dr. Thompson is a Research Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. She earned a PhD from the University of South Carolina (USC) in Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior. She earned a Graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, Women’s Health also from the USC. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia, where she also completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Psychology.

Dr. Thompson teaches Special Topics in Health Disparities & Community Needs Assessment in the department. She also teaches Research Design and Grant Writing for the Career Master of Public Health program and Community Engagement and Health Disparities in Clinical & Translational Research for the Master of Science in Clinical Research program. Through her research, Dr. Thompson seeks to improve the health of women in marginalized communities. Her research interests include investigating the social (socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental) determinants of health in conjunction with how psychosocial and spiritual factors contribute to a woman’s health and wellness. Secondly, she is interested in investigating how Lay Patient Navigation contributes to early screenings, treatment adherence, and quality of life post treatment. Areas of research interest include breast & gynecological cancers, maternal and child health, holistic health and community health development.

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