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Professor in Behavioral Sciences
Emory University
Rollins School of Public Health
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
1518 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404)727-1369 (Fax)


Dr. Nancy Thompson, Principal Investigator, has been a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, jointly appointed in Epidemiology and Psychiatry, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University since 1983.  She is also a licensed, practicing Clinical Psychologist in the State of Georgia.  She received her MPH from Emory University and PhD from Georgia State University.  Dr. Thompson is principal investigator on Project UPLIFT, a CDC-funded project designed to deliver home-based treatment for depression to people with epilepsy.  Prior to her appointment at Emory, she spent 15 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working in areas as diverse as Tuberculosis Control and Alcohol Abuse, and Preparedness.  Dr. Thompson has taught courses in the behavioral sciences in public health, including mental health, behavioral theory, behavioral epidemiology, and research methodology courses, both in the United States and in other countries.

Selected publications:

Thompson NJ, Glassroth JG, Snider DE, & Farer LS  (1979).  The Booster Phenomenon in Serial Tuberculin Testing.  American Review of Respiratory Disease, 119(4), 587-597.

Krebs A, Farer LS, Snider D., & Thompson NJ.  (1979).  Five Years of Followup of the IUAT Trial of Isoniazid Prophylaxis in Fibrotic Lesions.  Bulletin of the International Union Against Tuberculosis, 54, 65-69.

Jones WD, Good RC, Thompson NJ, & Kelly GD.  (1982). Bacteriophage Types of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in the United States.  American Review of Respiratory Disease, 125, 640-643.

IUAT Committeee on Prophylaxis (Report prepared by Thompson NJ)  (1982).  The Efficacy of Varying Durations of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy for Tuberculosis:  Five Years of Followup in the IUAT Trial.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 60(4), 555-564.

Thompson NJ, Snider DE, & Farer LS.  (1985).  Variations in national health care practices and behaviors and their Influences upon international research. International Journal of Epidemiology,14(3), 457-62.

Halpern B, Thompson NJ, Curl WW, Andrews, JR, Hunter SC & Boring JR. (1987).High School Football Injuries:  Identifying the Risk Factors.  American Journal of Sports Medicine;15(4):316-320.

Thompson NJ, Halper B., Curl WW, Andrews J, Hunter SC, & Boring JR. (1987). High School Football Injuries:  Evaluation.  American Journal of Sports Medicine;15(2):117-124.

Clemency MV, & Thompson NJ. (1993)  DO NOT RESUSCITATE orders and the anesthesiologist:  A survey.  Anesthesia and Analgesia;76:394-401.

Clemency MV, & Thompson NJ. (1994).  Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders in the perioperative period-a comparison of the perspectives of anesthesiologists, internists and surgeons.  Anesthesia and Analgesia;78:651-658.

Herold JM, Thompson NJ, Valenzuela S, & Morris L.(1994). Unintended pregnancy and sex education among young women in Chile:A behavioral model. Journal of Biosocial Science;26:427-439. 

Thompson NJ & Morris RD. (1994). Predicting injury risk in adolescent football players:  The importance of psychological variables.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology;19(4):415-429.

Sharpe JN, Brown RT, Thompson NJ, & Eckman J.  (1994).  Predictors of coping with pain in mothers and their children with sickle cell syndrome.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 33(9), 1246-1255.

McDaniel J S, Carlson LM, Thompson NJ, & Purcell, D. W.  (1995).  A survey of medical knowledge and attitudes about HIV and AIDS among medical students.  Journal of American College Health, 44(1), 11-14.

Brown RT, Sawyer MB, Antoniou G, Toogood I, Rice M, Thompson NJ, & Madan-Swain A.  (1996).  A three-year follow-up of the intellectual and academic   functioning of children receiving CNS-prophylactic chemotherapy for leukemia.  Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 17(6), 392-398.

Schieber RA, & Thompson NJ. (1996).  Developmental Risk Factors for Childhood Pedestrian Injuries.  Injury Prevention, 2, 228-236.

Carlson LM, & Thompson NJ. (1997).  Methodologies for informing patients of their rights:  Evaluating the Important Message from Medicare. Patient Education and Counseling, 31(3), 205-213.  

Thompson NJ, Sanderson CA, Potter JS, Maibach EW, & McCormack M.  (1997).  Psychological and behavioral factors predicting attendance at a community-based HIV prevention intervention.  Journal of Health Psychology, 2(1), 75-84.

Clemency MV, & Thompson NJ. (1997).  “Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders” in the perioperative period: Patients’ perspectives.  Anesthesia and Analgesia, 84, 859-864.

Green RC, Clarke VC, Thompson NJ, Woodard JL, & Letz R.  (1997).  Early detection of Alzheimer disease: methods, markers, and misgivings. Alzheimer Disease , & Associated Disorders,11(Suppl 5), S1-5; discussion S37-39.

Thompson NJ, Potter J S, Sanderson CA , & Maibach EW  (1997).  The relationship of sexual abuse and AIDS risk behaviors among heterosexual female STD patients.  Child Abuse and Neglect, The International Journal, 21(2), 149-156.

Baumert PW Jr., Henderson JM, & Thompson NJ. (1998).  Health risk behaviors of adolescent participants in organized sports. Journal of Adolescent Health, 22(6), 460-465.

Humphreys AS, Thompson NJ, & Miner K. (1998).  Intention to breastfeed in low-income pregnant women: the role of social support and previous experience. Birth, 25(3):169-174.

Humphreys, AS, Thompson NJ, & Miner KR. (1998).  Assessment of Breastfeeding Intention Using the Transtheoretical Model and the Theory of Reasoned Action. Health Education Research, 13(3), 331-341.

Thompson MP, Kaslow N, Puett R, Thompson NJ, & Meadows L. (1999).  Partner abuse and suicide attempts in a sample of inner-city women:  The roles of clinical distress and PTSD.  Journal of Traumatic Stress,12(1), 59-72.

Kloeblen AS, Thompson NJ, & Miner KR. (1999).  Predicting breastfeeding intention among low-income pregnant women: comparison of two theoretical models. Health Education , & Behavior, 26(5), 675-688.

Rossiter S, Thompson NJ, Hollander M , & Matthews B. (2001).  An investigation of health care providers’ patterns of referring breast cancer patients to Reach to Recovery.  Cancer Practice, 9(S1), S49-S55.

Kloeblen-Tarver AS, Thompson NJ, & Miner KR. (2002).  Intent to Breastfeed:  The Impact of Attitudes, Norms, Parity, & Experience.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 26(3), 182-187.

Wells KJ, Thompson NJ, & Kloeblen-Tarver AS. (2002).  Effect of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on pregnant women’s intention to breastfeed.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 26(2), 111-120.

Thompson NJ, Sleet D, & Sacks J. (2002).  Increasing the use of bicycle helmets:  Lessons from behavioral science.  Patient Education and Counseling, 46,191-197.

Thompson NJ, Coker J, Krause JS, & Henry E. (2003).  Purpose in Life as a mediator of adjustment after spinal cord injury.  Rehabilitation Psychology, 48(2), 100-108.

Thompson NJ, Waterman MB, & Sleet DA. (2004).  Using behavioral science to improve fire escape behaviors in response to a smoke alarm.  Journal of Burn Care , & Rehabilitation, 25(2), 179-188.

DiGirolamo A, Thompson NJ, Martorell R, Fein S, & Grummer-Strawn L. (2005).  Intention or experience? Predictors of continued breastfeeding.  Health Education and Behavior, 32(2), 208-226.

Kaslow NJ, Sherry A, Bethea K., Wyckoff S, Compton MT, Grall MB, Scholl L, Price AW, Kellermann A, Thompson N , & Parker R. (2005). Social Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide Attempts in Low Income African American Men and Women. Suicide and Life-threatening Behavior, 35(4), 400-412.

Compton MT, Thompson NJ, & Kaslow NJ. (2005).  Social Environment Factors Associated with Suicide Attempt Among Low-Income African Americans:  The Protective Role of Family Relationships and Social Support.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 40(3), 175-185.

Wells KJ, Thompson N.J, & Kloeblen-Tarver AS. (2006).  Development and Psychometric Testing of The Prenatal Breastfeeding Self-efficacy Scale.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 30(2), 177-187.

Green DC, Buehler JW, Silk BJ, Thompson NJ, Schild LA, Klein M, & Berkelman RL. (2006).  Trends in healthcare use in the New York City region following the terrorist attacks of 2001.  Biosecurity and Bioterrorism:  Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, 4(3), 263-275.

Bish CL, Michels Blanck HM, Maynard LM, Serdula MK, Thompson NJ, & Kettel Khan L. (2006).  Health-related quality of life and weight loss among overweight and obese U.S. adults: 2001-2002. Obesity, 14(11), 2042-2053.

Colgrove LA, Kim Y, & Thompson NJ. (2007). The Effect of Spirituality on the Quality of Life of Spousal Caregivers of Cancer Survivors.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33(1), 90-98.

Bish CL, Blanck HM, Maynard LM, Serdula M K, Thompson NJ, & Kettel Khan L. (2007).  Health-Related Quality of Life and Weight Loss Practices Among Overweight and Obese US Adults, 2003 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Medscape General Medicine, 9(2), 35.

Paranjape A, Tucker A, Mckenzie-Mack L, Thompson N, & Kaslow N.(2007). Family violence and associated help-seeking behavior among older African American women.  Patient Education and Counseling, 68(2), 167-172.

Bish CL, Blanck HM, Maynard LM, Serdula MK, Thompson NJ , & Kettel Khan L. K. (2007).   Activity/participation limitation and weight loss among overweight and obese US adults: 1999 to 2002 NHANES. Medscape General Medicine, 9(3), 63.

Arriola KRJ, Robinson DHZ, Perryman JP, & Thompson N. (2008).  Understanding the relationship between knowledge and African Americans' donation decision-making.  Patient Education and Counseling, 70(2), 242-250.

Bergner E, Leiner AS, Carter T, Franz L, Thompson NJ, & Compton MT. (2008).  The period of untreated psychosis before treatment initiation: a qualitative study of family members' perspectives.  Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49(6), 530-536.

Goulding SM, Leiner AS, Thompson NJ, Weiss PS, Kaslow NJ, & Compton MT. (2008).   Family strengths: A potential determinant of the duration of untreated psychosis among hospitalized African-American first-episode patients. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2(3), 162-168.

Mays D, & Thompson, NJ. (2009). Alcohol-related risk behaviors and sports participation among adolescents: an analysis of 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(1), 87-89.

Related MEW publications:

DiIorio C, Bamps Y, Edwards AL, Escoffery C, Thompson NJ, Begley CE, Shegog R, Clark NM, Selwa L, Stoll S, Fraser RT, Ciechanowski P, Johnson EK, Kobau R, Price PH.(2010). The Prevention Research Centers' Managing Epilepsy Well Network.Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 218-224.
doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.07.027.View PubMed Abstract

Thompson NJ, Reisinger Walker E, Obolensky N, Winning A, Barmon C, DiIorio C, Compton M.(2010). Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Project UPLIFT. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 247-254.
doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.07.031View PubMed Abstract

Reisinger Walker E, Obolensky N, Dini S, Thompson NJ. (2010). Formative and process evaluations of a CBT and mindfulness intervention for people with epilepsy and depression.Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 239-246.
doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.07.032 View PubMed Abstract

Kobau R, DiIorio C, Thompson N, St. Louis E, Bamps Y. (December 2014). "Implications for Understanding and Combating Stigma” in St Louis E, Ficker D, O’Brien, T eds.    Epilepsy and the Interictal State: Co-morbidities and Quality of Life, Wiley- Blackwell.

Walker ER, Engelhard G, & Thompson, NJ.  (2012 ).  Using Rasch measurement theory to assess three depression scales among adults with epilepsy.  Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy.Seizure, 21(6), 437-443

Thompson NJ, Patel A, Begley C, Fraser R, Johnson E, Selwa L, Stoll S.(2014). Expanding the Efficacy of Project UPLIFT: Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-based Depression Prevention to People with Epilepsy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
View PubMed Abstract

Thompson, N. J., McGee, R. E., Munoz, L. C., & Walker, E. R.  (2015, in press).  Reflections on mental health advocacy across differing ecological levels. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5(1): 126-134.

Escoffery C, Bamps YA, LaFrance W, Stoll SC, Shegog R, Buelow J, Shafer PO, Thompson NJ, McGee R, Hatfield K. (2015).Development of the Adult Epilepsy Self-Management Measurement Instrument (AESMMI). Epilepsy & Behavior, 50:172-83.
doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.07.025

Escoffery C, Bamps YA, LaFrance W, Stoll SC, Shegog R, Buelow J, Shafer PO, Thompson NJ, McGee R, Hatfield K. (2015).Factor Analyses of an Adult Epilepsy Self-Management Measurement Instrument (AESMMI). Epilepsy & Behavior, 50: 184-9.
doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.07.026
View  PubMed Abstract

Thompson NJ, McGee R, Walker ER. (Accepted). Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. In Eisendrath S (ed.) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Innovative Applications, Springer, New York

Hunter-Jones J, Nellum A, Olorundare E, McCloud C, McCurdy M, McGee R, Davis C, Thompson N and Quarells R. Assessing the Cultural Appropriateness of UPLIFT for African Americans: A Community Engaged Approach. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association. In press.

Related MEW interviews and presentations:

Dr. Joseph Sirven, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Editor-in-Chief of, interviews Nancy J. Thompson, Ph.D., M.P.H. from Emory University about the UPLIFT Depression and Epilepsy Self Management trial.

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