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Faculty & Staff Honors

North Texas: Dr. Erika Thompson Honored with Prestigious Early-career Research Award

Dr. Erika Thompson, assistant professor of health behavior and health systems at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC), is being honored this month with the prestigious Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award from the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB).

Each year AAHB considers whether one early-career health behavior researcher is worthy of the Black award. The award is intended to recognize younger scholars who are expected to make major contributions to scientific knowledge and professional practice during their career. Since its inaugural year in 2006, only nine outstanding scholars nationwide have received this honor.

“Since Dr. Thompson joined the UNTHSC School of Public Health faculty in 2018, I have been impressed with her work and enthusiasm as a health behavior scientist,” said Dr. Dennis Thombs, dean. “She has led several externally-funded research projects of high importance, including evaluation of a child sexual abuse prevention program, a systems examination of family homelessness and other projects related to childhood education. She recently received NIH funding to examine contraceptive use among women experiencing homelessness, and her success as an early-career faculty member truly exemplifies her dedication to the field.”

Dr. Thompson’s research is in sexual and reproductive health, and women’s and children’s health, with a primary focus on human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination, HPV prevention and contraception. Her work has been published in more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, many of which represent high-impact journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health Issues.

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