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Tess Thompson

Research Assistant Professor
 
 
 
 
  • Research Interests:

  • Health communication
  • Social support
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Family and social context
  • Health disparities
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Tess Thompson

Tess Thompson’s research examines how the social context affects health in cancer prevention and control. Her work includes three main strands: the effects of family on health, the importance of social support, and the role of health communication in reducing disparities.


Thompson uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work. Her background in English literature has led her to be especially interested in creating transdisciplinary solutions to public health problems. She is currently developing a program of research on breast cancer survivorship, as well as working with the Health Communication Research Laboratory on projects to improve health for low-income populations.

A faculty scholar at the Institute for Public Health, Thompson has published research in Social Science and Medicine, Health Education and Behavior, Health Psychology, Preventing Chronic Disease, and Journal of Health Communication.

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