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Nancy  Thompson

Professor Emeritus


Professor Emeritus, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Dr. Thompson’s career is intertwined with the development of public health at Emory; she helped create the Master of Public Health degree program, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Today, she is known nationally for her distance-delivered depression management intervention, Project UPLIFT, as well as for her work in epilepsy self-management and her evaluation and teaching skills (see an Emory Public Health article focusing on Project UPLIFT.  She has been the principal investigator of numerous federally-funded projects, among these the Coordinating Center for the Managing Epilepsy Well network, a network of universities funded by the CDC for research in epilepsy self-management.  Dr. Thompson has received a number of teaching awards and currently teaches 5 classes per year, including the Teaching in Public Health course for RSPH doctoral students. She has chaired more than 220 thesis and dissertation committees.  In 2016 Dr. Thompson was selected as the university’s Scholar/Teacher Award recipient, which is bestowed upon a faculty member demonstrating exceptional teaching and significant contributions to the scholarly life of the university.

Honors and Awards:

  • Scholars/Teacher Award (2016)
  • Emory Health Promotion Champion (2013)
  • Rebecca Goldberg-Kaufman Ethical Neuropsychiatry Award—American Epilepsy Society (2012)
  • Emory University Distinguished Teaching Scholar (2009-2010)
  • Emory Williams Teaching Award (2007)—Emory University’s Highest Teaching Award
  • Rollins School of Public Health Professor of the Year (2003-2004)
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Collaborative Success Award (1999)
  • CDC Communications Roundtable Award for the book Demonstrating Your Program’s Worth:  A primer on evaluation for programs to prevent unintentional injury (1998)
  • Rollins School of Public Health Professor of the Year (1993-1994)
  • Thomas Fort Sellers Award for Exemplifying the Ideals of Public Health (1992)
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society (1990)
  • Bailey M. Wade Award for excellence in research (1988)
  • Special Award for Protecting the Scientific Integrity of the Centers for Disease Control (1979)


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Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health ,

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518 Clifton Road NE

Phone: (404) 727-3074


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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Faith Based Health
  • Mental Health


  • Ph.D. 989, Georgia State University
  • M.P.H. 1977, Emory University

Affiliations & Activities

Behavioral Sciences and Health Education - Epidemiology