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. Suzanne M. Simkovich, Lisa M. Thompson, Maggie L. Clark, Jennifer L. Peel, Thomas Clasen, William Checkley, Joshua Rosenthal. A risk assessment tool for resumption of research activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2021 Aug 23; 2021(1).  View on PubMed
  2. Ashlinn K. Quinn, Anaité Diaz Artiga, Kalpana Balakrishnan, William Checkley, Steven Harvey, Jennifer L. Peel, Ricardo Piedrahita, Ajay Pillarisetti, Casey Quinn, Ghislaine Rosa, Joshua P. Rosenthal, Lisa M. Thompson, Jiantong Wang, Kendra N. Wiliams, Thomas F. Clasen. High Fidelity: Delivery and use of an LPG stove intervention during pregnancy in the HAPIN trial. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2021 Aug 23; 2021(1).  View on PubMed
  3. Deol RM, Thompson LM, Chun KM, Chesla C. Beliefs About the Causes of Type 2 Diabetes Among First-Generation Asian Indians in the United States. J Transcult Nurs. 2021 Jun 09; 10436596211016518.  View on PubMed
  4. 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. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2021 04 12; 21(1):68.  View on PubMed
  5. 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. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2021 06; 47(6):1506-1513.  View on PubMed
  6. 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. Health Educ Behav. 2021 Oct; 48(5):651-669.  View on PubMed
  7. W. Ye, K. Balakrishnan, G. Thangavel, A. Pillarisetti, L.M. Thompson, K. Steenland, T. Clasen. Associations of PM2.5 Exposure with Blood Pressure among Pregnant Women in Rural India: Evidence from the HAPIN Trial. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2020 Oct 26; 2020(1).  View on PubMed
  8. A.K. Quinn, L.M. Thompson, A. Pillarisetti, D.L. WIlson, M. Howard, Y. Chen, L. Elon, A. Díaz Artiga, T. Gurusamy, G. Rosa, K. Balakrishnan, J.P. McCracken, J.L. Peel, W. Checkley, J.P. Rosenthal, T.F. Clasen, S.A. Harvey, K.N. Williams, -. on behalf of HAPIN investigators. Monitoring of traditional stove use in the context of a clean fuel (liquefied petroleum gas, LPG) intervention trial in Guatemala, India, Peru, and Rwanda. ISEE Conference Abstracts. 2020 Oct 26; 2020(1).  View on PubMed
  9. 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. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 10 22; 17(21).  View on PubMed
  10. 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, Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial Investigators , HAPIN Investigators . 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. BMJ Open. 2020 09 29; 10(9):e037761.  View on PubMed
  11. Díaz-Vásquez MA, Díaz-Manchay RJ, León-Jiménez FE, Thompson LM, Troncoso K, Failoc-Rojas VE. Adoption and impact of improved cookstoves in Lambayeque, Peru, 2017. Glob Health Promot. 2020 12; 27(4):123-130.  View on PubMed
  12. 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, HAPIN Investigators . 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. Environ Health Perspect. 2020 04; 128(4):47008.  View on PubMed
  13. 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).  View on PubMed
  14. 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, HAPIN Investigators . 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. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 03; 8(3):e362-e373.  View on PubMed
  15. Thompson LM. Household Air Pollution from Cooking Fires Is a Global Problem. Am J Nurs. 2019 11; 119(11):61-64.  View on PubMed
  16. 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, HAPIN Investigators . Challenges in the diagnosis of paediatric pneumonia in intervention field trials: recommendations from a pneumonia field trial working group. Lancet Respir Med. 2019 12; 7(12):1068-1083.  View on PubMed
  17. 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.  View on PubMed
  18. 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. 2020 03; 30(2):362-373.  View on PubMed
  19. Quinn AK, Williams K, Thompson LM, Rosa G, Díaz-Artiga A, Thangavel G, Balakrishnan K, Miranda JJ, Rosenthal JP, Clasen TF, Harvey SA, HAPIN Investigators . Compensating control participants when the intervention is of significant value: experience in Guatemala, India, Peru and Rwanda. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(4):e001567.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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