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.

Research Funding

  • August 15, 2015 - July 31, 2017 - Prenatal household air pollution exposure: gas stove and behavioral interventions, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIEHS, Sponsor Award ID: R21ES025032
  • August 15, 2015 - July 31, 2017 - Prenatal household air pollution exposure: gas stove and behavioral interventions, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIEHS, Sponsor Award ID: R21ES025032
  • August 15, 2015 - July 31, 2017 - Prenatal household air pollution exposure: gas stove and behavioral interventions, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIEHS, Sponsor Award ID: R21ES025032
  • August 15, 2015 - July 31, 2017 - Prenatal household air pollution exposure: gas stove and behavioral interventions, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIEHS, Sponsor Award ID: R21ES025032

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

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, Thompson LM, Clark ML, Balakrishnan K, Bussalleu A, Checkley W, Clasen T, Davila-Roman VG, Diaz-Artiga A, Dusabimana E, Fuentes LL, Harvey S, Kirby MA, Lovvorn A, McCollum ED, Mollinedo EE, Peel JL, Quinn A, Rosa G, Underhill LJ, Williams KN, Young BN, Rosenthal J, HAPIN Investigators A risk assessment tool for resumption of research activities during the COVID-19 pandemic for field trials in low resource settings.  View on PubMed
  2. Dávila-Román VG, Toenjes AK, Meyers RM, Lenzen PM, Simkovich SM, Herrera P, Fung E, Papageorghiou AT, Craik R, McCracken JP, Thompson LM, Balakrishnan K, Rosa G, Peel J, Clasen TF, Hossen S, Checkley W, Fuentes LL, HAPIN Investigators Ultrasound Core Laboratory for the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network Trial: Standardized Training and Image Management for Field Studies Using Portable Ultrasound in Fetal, Lung, and Vascular Evaluations.  View on PubMed
  3. Hengstermann M, Díaz-Artiga A, Otzóy-Sucúc R, Laura Maria Ruiz-Aguilar A, Thompson LM, HAPIN Investigators Developing Visual Messages to Support Liquefied Petroleum Gas Use in Intervention Homes in the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) Trial in Rural Guatemala.  View on PubMed
  4. Grajeda LM, Thompson LM, Arriaga W, Canuz E, Omer SB, Sage M, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Bryan JP, McCracken JP Effectiveness of Gas and Chimney Biomass Stoves for Reducing Household Air Pollution Pregnancy Exposure in Guatemala: Sociodemographic Effect Modifiers.  View on PubMed
  5. Williams KN, Thompson LM, Sakas Z, Hengstermann M, Quinn A, Díaz-Artiga A, Thangavel G, Puzzolo E, Rosa G, Balakrishnan K, Peel J, Checkley W, Clasen TF, Miranda JJ, Rosenthal JP, Harvey SA, , Designing a comprehensive behaviour change intervention to promote and monitor exclusive use of liquefied petroleum gas stoves for the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial.  View on PubMed
  6. Clasen T, Checkley W, Peel JL, Balakrishnan K, McCracken JP, Rosa G, Thompson LM, Barr DB, Clark ML, Johnson MA, Waller LA, Jaacks LM, Steenland K, Miranda JJ, Chang HH, Kim DY, McCollum ED, Davila-Roman VG, Papageorghiou A, Rosenthal JP Design and Rationale of the HAPIN Study: A Multicountry Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Effect of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stove and Continuous Fuel Distribution.  View on PubMed
  7. 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.  View on PubMed
  8. Crocker ME, Hossen S, Goodman D, Simkovich SM, Kirby M, Thompson LM, Rosa G, Garg SS, Thangavel G, McCollum ED, Peel J, Clasen T, Checkley W Effects of high altitude on respiratory rate and oxygen saturation reference values in healthy infants and children younger than 2 years in four countries: a cross-sectional study.  View on PubMed
  9. Thompson LM Household Air Pollution from Cooking Fires Is a Global Problem.  View on PubMed
  10. 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.  View on PubMed
  11. 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.  View on PubMed
  12. 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.  View on PubMed
  13. 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.  View on PubMed
  14. Castner J, Amiri A, Rodriguez J, Huntington-Moskos L, Thompson LM, Zhao S, Polivka B Advancing the symptom science model with environmental health.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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.  View on PubMed
  17. 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.  View on PubMed
  18. John Weinstein, Anaite Diaz-Artiga, Lisa M Thompson Factors Associated with Airborne Particulate Matter Concentrations in Peri-Urban Guatemala.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. Thompson LM, Hengstermann M, Weinstein JR, Diaz-Artiga A Adoption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stoves in Guatemala: A Mixed-Methods Study.  View on PubMed

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