Dr. Erika L. Thompson
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems
Education & Experience:
I received a BHS in Health Science and my MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Florida. At the University of South Florida, I received my PhD in Public Health and two graduate certificates in Biostatistics and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. Prior to joining UNT Health Science Center, I completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship focused on women’s reproductive health at the University of South Florida.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have taught both sociobehavioral and epidemiology graduate courses, including women’s health issues, reproductive health trends, reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, and epidemiology methods. As an instructor, I integrate student engagement through applied learning activities in methods-based and topic-focused courses. I have received the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health’s Innovative Teaching Award to develop a course component on health literacy and preventive guidelines. While at the University of South Florida, I coordinated doctoral-level secondary data groups to mentor students in research question development, data analysis and interpretation, and dissemination products.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am a member of the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Health Behavior. I currently serve as Chair of the Education and Mentoring Committee for the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health.
My research interests address sexual and reproductive health, and maternal and child health issues. Most of my research is centered on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and prevention among women and adolescents. HPV prevention is critical for reducing cancer morbidity and mortality, specifically cervical, anogenital and oropharyngeal cancers. Using mixed-methods approaches, I have examined HPV vaccine decision-making among young adult women, reasons for non-vaccination among parents, and alternative healthcare providers and settings for HPV prevention. In addition to these studies, I have explored emerging reproductive health topics, such as Zika virus and long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). I am currently a co-investigator on a study to examine the implementation of Zika virus prevention guidelines into OB/GYN practice in Florida. I am also collaborating on a quality improvement program to promote immediate postpartum LARC use among women. Throughout all of these studies, I utilize mixed-methodologies, secondary data approaches, and public health theory to guide my research.
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