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Olivia M. Thompson

Assistant Professor

Address: Silcox Center, Room 310
Office Hours: M and W: 3:00 to 5:30 PM
Phone: 843-953-6752
E-mail: ThompsonOM@cofc.edu


Olivia M. Thompson, Ph.D., M.P.H. has over 10 years of experience working at national, state, and local levels of public health.  Dr. Thompson has a primary appointment as an assistant professor with the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC where she teaches public health courses and directs policy- and environmental-focused initiatives designed to prevent and control chronic diseases.  She has a secondary appointment as a research assistant professor with the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.  Prior to these appointments, Dr. Thompson served as an assistant professor for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE (she is currently affiliate faculty) and as a consultant in government subcontract to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Dr. Thompson has also served as a consulting scientist and program evaluator for a number of state- and community-based public health organizations and continues to consult on a per-project basis. 


Education

National Cancer Institute (NCI), Bethesda, MD (2008-2009)

  • Cancer Research Training Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship

University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2002-2007)         

  • Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences with focus in Epidemiology and Health Policy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA (2000-2002)

  • Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education Research Fellowship

Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1999-2001)

  • M.P.H., Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (1996-1999)

  • B.S., Major in Psychology and Minor in Biology

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (summer 1998)

  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Research Interests

Systems Science in the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases

Public Health Nutrition

Public Health Advocacy

Health Policy and Economics

Program Evaluation


Courses Taught

Undergraduate (The College of Charleston)

HEAL 215: Introduction to Public Health

HEAL 216: Personal and Community Health

HEAL 230: Global Health

HEAL 350: Epidemiology

HEAL 401: Public Health Independant Study

HEAL 403: Public Health Internship

HEAL 495: Public Health Capstone Course

Proposed: The Politics of Public Health Nutrition 


Undergraduate (Other Institutions)

Human Nutrition

Human Sexuality

Human Fitness

Health and Human Wellness


Graduate (Other Institutions)

Health Education and Behavior

Public Health Nutrition


Honors and Awards

Supported Research

Title: Farm-to-School: Stimulating Local Economies while Improving Child Health Outcomes

Role: Principal Investigator (25% Effort)

Source: Boeing

Total Funding Amount: $200,000

Funding Period: 1/2013 to 12/2014

 

Title: Farm-to-School: Stimulating Local Economies while Improving Child Health Outcomes

Role: Principal Investigator (20% Effort)

Source: Boeing

Total Funding Amount: $120,000

Funding Period: 1/2012 to 12/2013

 

Title: Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative

Role: Principal Investigator (5% Effort)

Source: CDC, Healthy South Carolina Initiative

Total Funding Amount: $11,550

Funding Period: 5/2012 to 12/2013

 

Title: Risk and Protective Factors for Barrett’s Esophagus

Role: Principal Investigator (Doctoral Student Dissertation)

Source: NCI, Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention & Control Training Grant

Total Funding Amount: $44,442

Funding Period: 1/2006 to 12/2007

 

Awards and Other Grants

Research and Development Grant (Awarded $1,200), College of Charleston (2012)

Service to Education Award, Seattle Community College District (2008)

Curriculum Development Grant (Awarded $3,500), South Seattle Community College (2003)

Global Field Experience Grant (Awarded $3,000), Emory University (2000)


Publications

Refereed Manuscripts

Selected (of 22)

Thompson OM, Ghelardini LE, Keene KL, and Stewart KB.  (in press).  State-level legislation regulating farm-to-school programs in the United States: An examination of enacted, pending, and vetoed or dead bills.  Health Education Journal.  

Everett CJ and Thompson OM.  Associations of dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs with diabetes and pre-diabetes: Is the toxic equivalency approach useful?  Environmental Research.  2012;118:107-111.

Blanck HM, Thompson OM, Nebeling L et al.  Improving fruit and vegetable intakes: Use of farmers’ markets and farm-to-consumer approaches among U.S. adults.  Preventing Chronic Disease.  2011;8(2):1-5. 

Thompson FE, Willis GB, Thompson OM et al.  The meaning of ‘fruits’ and ‘vegetables’. Public Health Nutrition. 2011:1-7.   

Thompson OM, Beresford SAA, Kirk EA et al.  Increased serum leptin and decreased serum adiponectin levels and risk of Barrett’s esophagus in adult men and women.  Obesity.  2010;18(11):2204-2211.

 

Recent Popular Media

Press Release.  The College of Charleston.  College and MUSC Presents Documentary Film: Addiction Incorporated.  November 12, 2012.  Available online at: http://news.cofc.edu/2012/11/12/college-and-musc-presents-documentary-film-addiction-incorporated/.   

YouTube Video.  Public Health Program Implements Farm-to-School Program.  October 12, 2012.  Available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYJ9ezzYTT4.

Magazine Article.  The College of Charleston Magazine.  Point-of-View:  Thinking Outside the Lunch Box.  October, 2012 Edition.  Available in print and online at: http://magazine.cofc.edu/2012/10/22/olivia-thompson.

Press Release.  The College of Charleston.  College Partners in Initiative for City Residents to Lose 100,000 Pounds.  March 30, 2012.  Available online at: http://news.cofc.edu/2012/03/30/college-partners-in-initiative-for-city-residents-to-lose-100000-pounds/

Press Release.  The College of Charleston.  College Plans to Implement Pilot Farm-to-School Initiative. May 23, 2012.  Available online at: http://news.cofc.edu/2012/05/23/college-plans-to-implement-pilot-farm-to-school-initiative/