University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Lisa Thompson, RN, PhD, FNP

Lisa Thompson, RN, PhD, FNP

Associate Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Affiliate Member

Research Summary

My research focuses on environmental factors that contribute to low birth weight and adverse perinatal outcomes, such as neonatal morbidity and mortality. My current research interests are to expand the evidence of an association between low birth weight and decreased anthropometric growth (primarily stunting and wasting) among children who are heavily exposed to particulate matter and carbon monoxide from solid-fuel cook stoves in lesser-developed countries.

My long-term goal is to examine other social, economic and institutional forces that drive environmental health disparities, both globally, and among Latino immigrant populations residing in urban California.


Tulane University, BA, 06/84, Latin American Studies
San Francisco State University, BS/MS, 06/91, Nursing
San Francisco State University, FNP, 06/96, Family Nurse Practitioner
University of California, Berkeley, MS, 06/04, Environmental Health Sciences
University of California, Berkeley, PhD, 06/08, Environmental Health Sciences

Professional Experience

  • 1990-1993
    RN and Program Director, Clinical Health Education, La Clínica de la Raza, Oakland
  • 1996-2008
    Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Medicine & Women's Clinics, La Clínica de la Raza, Oakland
  • 2000
    Clinical Researcher I, Genetics of Asthma in Latinos (GALA) study, UCSF
  • 2002-2008
    Graduate Student Researcher, Environmental Health Sciences; RESPIRE/CRECER studies, University of California, Berkley
  • 2008-2014
    Assistant Professor, Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF
  • 2008-
    Faculty member, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • 2009-2013
    Faculty scholar, Global Health Sciences, UCSF
  • 2011-2015
    Faculty K scholar, Clinical Translational Science Institute, UCSF
  • 2014-
    Associate Professor, Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF
  • 2015-
    Program Director, Doctoral Program, Global Health Sciences, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2008
    Henrik L. Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2009
    Burke Family Global Health Faculty Award, UCSF Global Health Sciences
  • 2009
    Faculty Development Award, UCSF Academic Senate
  • 2009
    NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health
  • 2010
    Service Award, San Lorenzo Ministry of Health, San Marcos, Guatemala
  • 2011
    CTSI KL2 Career Development Award in Multidisciplinary Clinical Research, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • 2012
    Service Award, San Lorenzo Ministry of Health, San Marcos, Guatemala
  • 2014
    Volunteer Award, Street Level Health Project, Oakland, California

Selected Publications

  1. Simkovich SM, Underhill LJ, Kirby MA, Goodman D, Crocker ME, Hossen S, McCracken JP, de León O, Thompson LM, Garg SS, Balakrishnan K, Thangavel G, Rosa G, Peel JL, Clasen TF, McCollum ED, Checkley W. Design and conduct of facility-based surveillance for severe childhood pneumonia in the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial. ERJ Open Res. 2020 Jan; 6(1).
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  2. Thompson LM. Household Air Pollution from Cooking Fires Is a Global Problem. Am J Nurs. 2019 11; 119(11):61-64.
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  3. Goodman D, Crocker ME, Pervaiz F, McCollum ED, Steenland K, Simkovich SM, Miele CH, Hammitt LL, Herrera P, Zar HJ, Campbell H, Lanata CF, McCracken JP, Thompson LM, Rosa G, Kirby MA, Garg S, Thangavel G, Thanasekaraan V, Balakrishnan K, King C, Clasen T, Checkley W. Challenges in the diagnosis of paediatric pneumonia in intervention field trials: recommendations from a pneumonia field trial working group. Lancet Respir Med. 2019 Dec; 7(12):1068-1083.
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  4. Quinn A, Williams K, Thompson L, Rosa G, Díaz Artiga A, Thangavel G, Balakrishnan K, Miranda J, Rosenthal J, Clasen T, Harvey S. Development of compensation strategies for control participants in an environmental trial with an intervention of significant value. Environmental Epidemiology. 2019 Oct 1; 3:319-320.
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  5. Weinstein JR, Diaz-Artiga A, Benowitz N, Thompson LM. Reductions in urinary metabolites of exposure to household air pollution in pregnant, rural Guatemalan women provided liquefied petroleum gas stoves. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2019 Sep 02.
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  6. Quinn AK, Williams K, Thompson LM, Rosa G, Díaz-Artiga A, Thangavel G, Balakrishnan K, Miranda JJ, Rosenthal JP, Clasen TF, Harvey SA. Compensating control participants when the intervention is of significant value: experience in Guatemala, India, Peru and Rwanda. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(4):e001567.
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  7. Castner J, Amiri A, Rodriguez J, Huntington-Moskos L, Thompson LM, Zhao S, Polivka B. Advancing the symptom science model with environmental health. Public Health Nurs. 2019 09; 36(5):716-725.
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  8. Petersen AB, Thompson LM, Dadi GB, Tolcha A, Cataldo JK. An exploratory study of knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke among women in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia. BMC Womens Health. 2018 09 24; 18(1):154.
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  9. Savannah Dawn Gupton, Maggie L Clark, Sarah Rajkumar, Carmen Lucia Contreras, Gary Malpartida Guzmán, Fiona Majorin, Erin W Williams, Damien Swearing, Naveen Puttaswamy, Kalpana Balakrishnan, Ghislaine Rosa, John P McCracken, Lisa M Thompson, Tom Clasen, Jennifer L Peel, William Checkley, Dana Barr. Cardiovascular Biomarker Validation in Dried Blood Spots and Plasma for the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network Trial. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2018 Sep 24; 2018(1).
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  10. Laura Maria Grajeda, Lisa M Thompson, Eduardo Canuz, Saad B Omer, Michael Sage, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, Joe P Bryan, John P McCracken. Effectiveness of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stove Ownership for Reducing Household Air Pollution Exposure during Pregnancy in Guatemala. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2018 Sep 24; 2018(1).
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  11. John Weinstein, Anaite Diaz-Artiga, Lisa M Thompson. Factors Associated with Airborne Particulate Matter Concentrations in Peri-Urban Guatemala. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2018 Sep 24; 2018(1).
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  12. Jiawen Liao, John P McCracken, Ricardo Piedrahita, Erick Mollinedo, Eduardo Canuz, Oscar Fernando de León, Lisa M Thompson, Anaite Diaz-Artiga, Michael Johnson, William Checkley, Jennifer L Peel, Kyle Steenland, Tom Clasen. Indirect Personal Household Air Pollution Exposure Assessment for Children under 1 Year of Age Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacon System. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2018 Sep 24; 2018(1).
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  13. Thompson LM, Hengstermann M, Weinstein JR, Diaz-Artiga A. Adoption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stoves in Guatemala: A Mixed-Methods Study. Ecohealth. 2018 12; 15(4):745-756.
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  14. Thompson LM, Zablotska LB, Chen JL, Jong S, Alkon A, Lee SJ, Vlahov D. Development of Quantitative Research Skills Competencies to Improve Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Student Training. J Nurs Educ. 2018 Aug 01; 57(8):483-488.
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  15. Beam NK, Bekele Dadi G, Rankin SH, Weiss S, Cooper B, Thompson LM. A discrete choice experiment to determine facility-based delivery services desired by women and men in rural Ethiopia. BMJ Open. 2018 04 03; 8(4):e016853.
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  16. Weinstein JR, Thompson LM, Díaz Artiga A, Bryan JP, Arriaga WE, Omer SB, McCracken JP. Determining gestational age and preterm birth in rural Guatemala: A comparison of methods. PLoS One. 2018; 13(3):e0193666.
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  17. Thompson LM, Diaz-Artiga A, Weinstein JR, Handley MA. Designing a behavioral intervention using the COM-B model and the theoretical domains framework to promote gas stove use in rural Guatemala: a formative research study. BMC Public Health. 2018 02 14; 18(1):253.
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  18. John R. Weinstein, Lisa M. Thompson, Eduardo Canuz, Anaité Díaz-Artiga. Adoption of Gas Stoves Reduces Exposure to Household Air Pollution among Pregnant, Rural Guatemalan Women: A Feasibility Study. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2018 Feb 1; 2017(1):256.
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  19. Weinstein JR, Asteria-Peñaloza R, Diaz-Artiga A, Davila G, Hammond SK, Ryde IT, Meyer JN, Benowitz N, Thompson LM. Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds among recently pregnant rural Guatemalan women cooking and heating with solid fuels. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017 06; 220(4):726-735.
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  20. Jong S, Cuca Y, Thompson LM. Meta-analysis of Mobile Phone Reminders on HIV Patients' Retention to Care. J Mob Technol Med. 2017; 6(1):5-18.
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