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Hannah R. ​Thompson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Research Professor, Community Health Sciences
Hannah Thompson is an epidemiologist who aims to increase youth physical activity to improve health.
Available for advising
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way, 6120
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360


Hannah Thompson is an epidemiologist that received her MPH in Public Health Nutrition at UC Berkeley and her PhD in Epidemiology and Translational Science at UCSF. Her research focus is on school- and community-based methods to increase physical activity levels, with the goals of improving youth health and decreasing health disparities. She is specifically interested in interventions to improve the quantity and quality of physical education in public schools. Through both qualitative and quantitative methods, she works to understand how schools and community-based youth development and physical activity organizations can work together to increase access to physical activity, with a particular focus on children in communities at highest risk for inactivity and poor health.

Research Interests

  • Physical activity
  • School health
  • Physical education
  • Youth development
  • Health disparities
  • Participatory action research


  • PhD – Epidemiology and Translational Science
    University of California, San Francisco
  • MPH – Public Health Nutrition
    University of California, Berkeley
  • BA – American Civilization and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
    Brown University