Dr. Erika L. Thompson

Associate Professor, Department of Population & Community Health

Dr. Erika Thompson
Dr. Erika Thompson

Education & Experience:

I received a BHS in Health Science and 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 currently teach Survey Design Methods and in the past have taught Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, Special Topics in Maternal and Child Health, Human Sexuality and Reproductive Health, and Introduction to Maternal and Child Health. As an instructor, I integrate student engagement through applied learning activities in methods-based and topic-focused courses. I’ve 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.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I am also a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) and received the 2020 AAHB Judy K Black Early Career Research Award. I also serve as the Chair of the Professional Development and Mentoring Council. I am also a member of the American Public Health Association and International Papillomavirus Society. I also serve as an Advisory Board Member for the Texas Cancer Registry and I am a member of the Cancer Alliance of Texas and Texas HPV Coalition. Within our community, I am a member of the Health Equity Alliance of Tarrant County and Tarrant County Birth Equity Collaborative, and a Board Member for the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County.

Scholarly Interests:
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. 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 adults, reasons for non-vaccination among parents, school-entry policies, and alternative health care providers and settings for HPV prevention. Similarly, I study reproductive health issues, such as contraceptive needs and access among women experiencing homelessness. Finally, my work involves examining social determinants for maternal and child health issues in our community, such as housing insecurity, early childhood education and violence.

In addition to my primary areas of research, I am involved in interdisciplinary national initiatives through HSC’s Institute for Health Disparities. I am the Multiple PI for the NIH-funded Texas Community Engaged Alliance (CEAL) Consortium. I am also a Co-Investigator for NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network Resource Center and the AIM-AHEAD Consortium. My collaboration in this space aims to promote health equity through diversifying the biomedical workforce and engaging the community in developing sustainable solutions.

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