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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Mary E. Thompson, Ph.D., PNP-BC

assistant professor

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Office
Cushing Hall 309
617-552-4278
mary.thompson@bc.edu


EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • Ph.D. - University of Virginia
  • M.S.N. - Boston College
  • B.S.N. - University of Vermont

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Teen and young mother's parenting, parent feeding, the home feeding environment, preschool-age children and childhood obesity prevention, qualitative methods using video and interview

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Thompson returns to Boston after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in August of 2010. Her dissertation research was titled "The Meaning of Parent Feeding for Young, Low-Income Mothers: Using Video Enriches Understanding of the Relationship with Childhood Obesity." Dr. Thompson practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 18 years in the greater Boston area following graduation from Boston College with her masters in 1988. Her current research interest in parenting and childhood obesity prevention focuses on the home feeding environment and the primary care setting.   

SELECTED APPOINTMENTS AND AWARDS

  • 2011-2012 - Member: Childhood Obesity SIG Best Practices Recognition Project Advisory Panel, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates
  • 2011 - Phyllis J. Verhonick Dissertation Award, The University of Virginia, School of Nursing
  • 2011-Present - Clinical Expert: Advance Practice Role/Curriculum, Education (Patient and Family), Nutrition in Children (Obesity), National Association of Nurse Practitioners and Associates
  • 2007-2009 - National Research Service Award, National Institute of Nursing Research, Video of Mothers' Feeding Activities, F31 NR010664-01

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Steeves, R.H., Parker, B., Laughton, K., Knoop, A., Thomson, M.E., & Knopp, A. (2011). Adolescents' experiences with uxoricide. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(2), 115-123.
  • Thompson, M.E. (2010). Parental feeding and childhood obesity in preschool-aged children: Recent findings from the literature. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 33(4), 205-267.