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Fellows Class of 2022

Erika L. ThompsonErika L. Thompson, PhD, MPH, FAAHB
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Thompson has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications, and has published in high-impact journals such as, American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Women’s Health Issues. She has received grant funding from the Office on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, and several community-based organizations. Her research is focused on three key areas: human papillomavirus (HPV) prevention, community-engaged women and children’s health, and health equity. Specifically, Dr. Thompson is interested in understanding the social, community, and policy factors impacting HPV vaccination uptake, as well as changes in HPV prevention guidelines and how these guidelines are implemented into practice. Moreover, Dr. Thompson’s community-engaged research has included projects related to the social determinants of health, such as housing instability, early childhood education, victimization, and access to healthcare. Dr. Thompson is also a Co-Investigator on several NIH-funded initiatives related to health equity, including the National Research Mentoring Network, the Texas Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 (CEAL) Consortium, and the AIM-AHEAD Consortium. Moreover, in recognition of Dr. Thompson’s research endeavors, she has received the Judy K Black Award from the Academy in 2020 and the inaugural HOPE Award from the Center for Transforming Lives for her community-based research.

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