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.

Education

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. Thompson LM. Household Air Pollution from Cooking Fires Is a Global Problem. Am J Nurs. 2019 Nov; 119(11):61-64.
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  2. 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 Oct 04.
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Thompson LM, Murray KA, Jarvis S, Scarr E. Exploring the Relationship between Health Insurance, Social Connectedness, and Subjective Social Status among Residents of O'ahu. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2016 11; 75(11):323-331.
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  14. Petersen AB, Thompson LM, Dadi GB, Tolcha A, Cataldo JK. Factors associated with secondhand tobacco smoke in the home: an exploratory cross-sectional study among women in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia. BMC Public Health. 2016 08 31; 16:910.
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  15. Heinzerling AP, Guarnieri MJ, Mann JK, Diaz JV, Thompson LM, Diaz A, Bruce NG, Smith KR, Balmes JR. Lung function in woodsmoke-exposed Guatemalan children following a chimney stove intervention. Thorax. 2016 May; 71(5):421-8.
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  16. Thompson L, Peñaloza RA, Stormfields K, Kooistra R, Valencia-Moscoso G, Muslima H, Khan NZ. Validation and adaptation of rapid neurodevelopmental assessment instrument for infants in Guatemala. Child Care Health Dev. 2015 Nov; 41(6):1131-9.
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  17. Sedillo R, Openshaw MM, Cataldo J, Donesky D, Boit JM, Tarus A, Thompson LM. A Pilot Study of Palliative Care Provider Self-competence and Priorities for Education in Kenya. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2015 Aug; 17(4):356-363.
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  18. Openshaw M, Thompson LM, de Pheils PB, Mendoza-Flores ME, Humphreys J. Childhood trauma is associated with depressive symptoms in Mexico City women. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2015 May; 37(4-5):308-15.
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  19. Thompson LM, Yousefi P, Peñaloza R, Balmes J, Holland N. Genetic modification of the effect of maternal household air pollution exposure on birth weight in Guatemalan newborns. Reprod Toxicol. 2014 Dec; 50:19-26.
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  20. Thompson LM, Levi AJ, Bly KC, Ha C, Keirns T. Premature or just small? Training Guatemalan birth attendants to weigh and assess gestational age of newborns: an analysis of outcomes. Health Care Women Int. 2014 Feb; 35(2):216-31.
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