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Vetta Sanders Thompson

Vetta Thompson

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
PhD, Duke University
  • Research Interests:

  • Cultural competence
  • Racial identity
  • Disparities in health and mental health services
  • Implications of race and ethnicity
  • Access to health services
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Vetta Sanders Thompson

Vetta Sanders Thompson’s work focuses on the health and well-being of ethnic and racial minority communities, particularly the African-American community. She is a noted researcher in the areas of racial identity, psychosocial implications of race and ethnicity in health behavior and access to health services, and determinants of health and mental health disparities. Sanders Thompson’s work combines a social science understanding of racial identity, rigorous measurement, and community-based participatory research. Her goal is to empower members of the community to improve their health and well-being.

Sanders Thompson also serves as co-director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, an associate member of the Siteman Cancer Center, and a faculty affiliate of the Department of African and African-American Studies, as well as the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Sanders Thompson is active in numerous professional associations including the American Psychological Association, Missouri Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She is an associate editor for the journal PsycCritiques: Contemporary Psychology. 

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