My research focus is on school- and community-based methods to increase physical activity levels, with the goals of improving youth health and decreasing obesity and health disparities. I am specifically interested in interventions to improve the quantity and quality of physical education in public schools. Through both qualitative and quantitative methods, I work 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.
Public Health Nutrition Capstone (PH 292)
- Physical activity
- School health
- Physical education
- Youth development
- Health disparities
- Participatory action research
Thompson HR, Linchey JK, Madsen KA. Public disclosure to improve physical education in an urban school district: Results from a 2-year quasi-experimental study. Journal of School Health. In press.
Thompson HR, Haguewood R, Tantoco N, Madsen KA. Lessons Learned: A Strategic Alliance to Improve Elementary Physical Education in an Urban School District. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. In press.
Falbe A, Cadis AA, Tantoco NK, Thompson HR, Madsen KA. Active and Healthy Families: A randomized controlled trial of a culturally-tailored obesity intervention for Latino children. Academic Pediatrics. In press.
Yen IH, Fandel J, Thompson HR, Anderson L, Gill J, Wong G. How design of places promotes or inhibits mobility of older adults: realist synthesis of 30 years of research. Journal of Aging and Health. 2014. 1-33.