Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn Thompson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Thompson finds dynamic and methodologically rigorous ways to collect, analyze, and convey her research and results as an interdisciplinary health services researcher. Dr. Thompson's research employs tools from health services research and population health science to demonstrate how macrolevel and microlevel health systems are determinants of health inequities. She leverages economic frameworks to quantitatively study how social, demographic, and policy contexts shape health and disparities for women, people of color, and Medicaid populations. Additionally, her research provides evidence that social identities—like race/ethnicity—and social positions—like socioeconomic status—combine in unique ways to structure health care access, health service utilization, and health outcomes.

Prior to joining BUSPH, she completed her PhD in Health Services Research at the Brown University School of Public Health in May of 2023. Dr. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science (2014) and Masters of Health Administration (2017) from the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


  • Brown University, PhD Field of Study: Health Services Research


  • Published on 2/3/2024

    Lee K, Pellowski JA, Brayboy LM, Thompson KD, Dunsiger S. The Association of Racism and Discrimination in Disparities of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in the United States: An Analysis of PRAMS Data. Matern Child Health J. 2024 May; 28(5):969-978. PMID: 38308757.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 8/25/2023

    Thompson KD, Meyers DJ, Lee Y, Cu-Uvin S, Bengtson AM, Wilson IB. Antiretroviral Therapy Use Was Not Associated with Stillbirth or Preterm Birth in an Analysis of U.S. Medicaid Pregnancies to Persons with HIV. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2023; 4(1):438-447. PMID: 37638332.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 1/3/2023

    Bilinski A, Thompson K, Emanuel E. COVID-19 and Excess All-Cause Mortality in the US and 20 Comparison Countries, June 2021-March 2022. JAMA. 2023 Jan 03; 329(1):92-94. PMID: 36399335.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 1/4/2022

    Thompson KD, Meyers DJ, Lee Y, Cu-Uvin S, Wilson IB. HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Women with Medicaid Have Similar Rates of Stillbirth and Preterm Birth. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2022; 3(1):1-9. PMID: 35136871.

    Read At: PubMed

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