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    Caroline Thompson

    TitleAssistant Adjunct Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0725
    CA La Jolla 92093
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      University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CAMPH2010Epidemiology
      University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CAPhD2013Epidemiology
      Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) / Stanford University, Palo Alto, CAPostdoctoral Fellowship2014Delivery System Science
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      UCLA Fielding School of Public Health2013Dean’s Outstanding Student Award
      Iota Chapter (UCLA)2013Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
      AcademyHealth2013  - 2014Delivery Systems Science Fellowship (DSSF)
      NIH/NCATS2016  - 2018Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award
      UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute2016  - 2019KL2 Award

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      Dr. Caroline Thompson is a cancer epidemiologist with postdoctoral training in delivery system science. Her primary faculty appointment is with the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She is adjunctly appointed in the UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health in the division of Epidemiology and with the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), where she is a Consulting Investigator.

      Dr. Caroline Thompson is a cancer epidemiologist with postdoctoral training in delivery system science. Her primary faculty appointment is with the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She is adjunctly appointed in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the division of Epidemiology and with the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), where she is a Consulting Investigator.

      Dr. Thompson’s research program has two main focuses: 1) improving early detection of cancer in the healthcare delivery system, and 2) understanding ethnic and geospatial disparities in the burden of cancer. A unique aspect to her research program is the use of existing data not originally collected for research (e.g., electronic health records (EHRs), cancer registries, death certificates, social media data). Dr. Thompson is an investigator on several large-scale research projects designed to use creative “big data” linkages combining EHRs with other data sources to address questions related to the etiology of, and health care delivery for, cancer. Related to this, she also develops and publish novel methods for the use of such “big data” in population health research. Specifically, she is interested in bias due to missing data, how to describe it and control for it quantitatively.

      Dr. Thompson currently teaches two advanced epidemiology methods courses at SDSU, which are required for doctoral students, but also open to upper division masters students. These courses emphasize modern epidemiology, reflecting the most current methodologies in the field today. She also mentors graduate students in epidemiology (MPH, PhD).


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      Is it race, or place? Disentangling racial, socioeconomic and geographic disparities in the burden of cancer
      NIH/NCI U54CA132384Mar 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018
      Role: Principal Investigator (Pilot Study)
      Lung cancer in never smokers: incidence, risk factors, and molecular characteristics in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanderfemales
      NIH R01CA204070May 11, 2016 - Apr 30, 2019
      Role: Co-Investigator
      Using Electronic Health Records to Understand Pathways of Breast Cancer Screening and Care
      NIH/NCATS 1KL2TR001444Mar 17, 2016 - Mar 16, 2019
      Role: Principal Investigator (KL2 Awardee)
      Evaluating Feasibility of and Potential Biases in Supplementing Cancer Registry Data using External Sources
      NIH/NCI HHSN26100009Sep 1, 2015 - Sep 1, 2016
      Role: Co-Investigator
      CAUSES: Causes of Asian American mortality Understood by Socio-Economic Status
      NIH R01MD007012Apr 1, 2012 - Jan 31, 2017
      Role: Co-Investigator

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