Beti Thompson

Appointments and Affiliations

 
 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division
Member, Appointed: 1998
University of Washington
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Health Services
Professor, Appointed: 1999
Professional Headshot of Engelberta Beti Thompson

Mailing Address

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Avenue N.
M3-B232
Seattle, Washington 98109
United States

Degrees

Ph.D., Western Michigan University, Sociology, 1981.
M.A., Western Michigan University, Sociology, 1978.
B.A., Grand Valley State Colleges, English, Sociology, 1974.

Research Interests

Involving people in defining and solving their own problems is at the heart of behavior change. I believe true partnership is the key to successful community research.

Throughout the United States and globally, different populations contract cancer at different rates and have different survival rates from this disease. Dr. Thompson's research is designed is to understand why these disparities exist, help determine the precursors to cancer, and build the capacity of community-based researchers to investigate, educate, and treat local populations in order to improve early detection and survival rates. Much of Dr. Thompson's previous and current work focuses on the Latino population, with a specific emphasis on cancer prevention and cancer screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.

Dr. Thompson has written many papers and chapters on community organization as a strategy for developing community partnerships. She is involved in a number of studies in which communities are randomized to intervention or comparison conditions for various health promotion projects, including diabetes, dietary change, cancer screening, and environmental strategies to encourage behavior change.

Dr. Thompson's focus on health disparities research is exemplified by a number of projects, including "Hispanic Community Network to Reduce Cancer Disparities" and "Partnership for a Hispanic Diabetes Prevention Program." Both of these projects take place in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. The projects work with local Community Advisory Boards to guide and lead the activities to reduce health disparities of cancer and diabetes.

Dr. Thompson is also PI on a U54 collaborative grant with New Mexico State University, a minority-serving institution. The goals of the "Partnership for the Advancement of Research" grant are to:
* Increase the capacity of NMSU to conduct competitive research;
* Create a long-standing partnership in cancer research training and education; and
* Evaluate a way to bring public health intervention to communities suffering from cancer health disparities.

Dr. Thompson's current research involving breast cancer disparities includes: "Improving Breast Cancer Screening at the Primary Care Level;" a Fogarty grant designed to increase the capacity of the Catholic University of Chile to conduct rigorous research in breast cancer screening. In Chile, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is the second leading cause of cancer death. As the country becomes more westernized, the incidence of breast cancer has risen in the past decade. Until recently, Chile has been less likely than the US to use screening mammography for early detection of breast cancer. With the new emphasis on mammography, it is necessary to test clinical interventions that will encourage women to seek mammograms. This project will help identify effective strategies that can be used by clinics to motivate women to seek mammograms.

Dr. Thompson is also PI of a National Cancer Institute's Center for Population Health and Health Disparities initiative. This project, "Understanding and Preventing Breast Cancer Disparities in Latinas" includes four research studies designed specifically to address breast cancer disparities relevant to Latina women.

"Reducing Pesticide Exposure in Children of Farmworkers" is another project being carried out in the Yakima Valley. The theme of this center grant is the biochemical, molecular and exposure mechanisms that define children's susceptibility to pesticides: implications for assessing pesticide risks to normal development and learning.

Additional Experience

- Involved in numerous worksite and community health promotion studies, including projects involving dietary change and cancer screening behavior
- Involved in cost-effectiveness analysis of intervention trials

Future Research

Future research will examine health disparities among underserved populations and involve communities in important behavior changes, including cancer prevention and cancer screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.

Industry

Worksite studies may have implications for industries

Honors and Awards

2006, Outstanding Mentor Award, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UW
2005, Distinguished Faculty Lecture, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UW
2000, Douglas S. Leathar Award, Health Education Research, Best Paper of 2000
1997, Sabbatical Award, Bowman Gray School of Medicine
1983-1984, Regency Advancement Award, Pacific Lutheran University, Corporate crime in the automobile industry
1980, Leonard C. Kercher Award, Western Michigan University, Best Paper of 1980
1977, Alpha Kappa Delta, (National Sociology Honor Society)
1975-1976, University Fellow Award, Western Michigan University, Sociology

Previous Positions

1995-1998, Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1995-1999, Associate Professor, University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
1989-1995, Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1989-1995, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
1984-1989, Staff Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health Sciences Division, CPRP
1981-1984, Assistant Professor, Pacific Lutheran University, Sociology

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation (COMMIT), $3,350,000, Sep 30, 1986 to Aug 31, 1995.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Reducing Pesticide Exposure in Children of Farmworkers, $2,069,000, Sep 1, 1998 to Aug 31, 2003.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Randomized Study to Decrease Smoking in College Students, $5,514,921, 8/31/01 to 8/30/05.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): A Stepped Approach to Smoking Cessation in the Workplace, $840,000, 7/1/88 to 3/31/91.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Community Randomized Trial of Hispanic Cancer Prevention, $4,987,000, 6/1/98 to 5/31/02.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Building Minority Cancer Research Capacity: NMSU & FHCRC, $1,059,234, 6/01/02 to 5/31/07.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Randomized Worksite Smoking Control Effectiveness Trial, $4,041,000, 4/1/95 to 3/31/99.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Mobilizing an Hispanic Community for Cancer Prevention Interventions, $361,120, 4/1/95 to 3/31/98.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Smoking Cessation Among Women of Child-Brearing Age in Chile, $32,000, 4/1/2003 to 3/31/2006.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Physician Referral for Cancer Screening Among Latinos, $15,164, 4/01/97 to 3/31/99.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Liver Cancer Control Among North American Chinese, 4/01/2003 to 3/31/2007.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Partnership for a Hispanic Diabetes Prevention Program, 2005 to 2008.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Hispanic Community Network to Reduce Cancer Disparities, 2005 to 2010.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Cancer Information Service, Base: Partnership Program, 2005 to 2010.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Enhancing Long-Term 5-a-Day Behavior Change in Worksites, 2004 to 2009.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Liver Cancer Control Among North American Chinese, 2003 to 2007.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Smoking Cessation Among Women of Childbearing Age, 2003 to 2007.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Building Minority Cancer Research Capacity: NMSU & FHCRC, 2002 to 2007.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Cessation in Heavy Smokers Using NRT and Adjuvant Video, $1,899,000, 12/1/97 to 5/31/01.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Mediators of Worksite Cancer Prevention Effectiveness, $849,611, 12/1/94 to 10/30/97.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Reinventing 5 A Day Tested Interventions with Technology, $102,759, 11/1/02 to 10/31/04.

 

Recent Publications

2014
Thompson, B, Hébert JR.  2014.  Involving disparate populations in clinical trials and biobanking protocols: experiences from the community network program centers.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. 23(3):370-3.
Thompson, B, Vilchis H, Moran C, Copeland W, Holte S, Duggan C.  2014.  Increasing cervical cancer screening in the United States-Mexico border region.. The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association. 30(2):196-205. Abstract
2013
Livaudais, JC, Lacroix A, Chlebowski RT, Li CI, Habel LA, Simon MS, Thompson B, Erwin DO, Hubbell AF, Coronado GD.  2013.  Racial/Ethnic Differences in Use and Duration of Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy for Breast Cancer in the Women's Health Initiative.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Abstract
2012
Coronado, GD, Holte SE, Vigoren EM, Griffith WC, Barr DB, Faustman EM, Thompson B.  2012.  Do Workplace and Home Protective Practices Protect Farm Workers? Findings From the "For Healthy Kids" Study. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 54(9):1163-1169. Abstract
Banegas, MP, Püschel K, Martinez J, Anderson JC, Thompson B.  2012.  Perceived and objective breast cancer risk assessment in Chilean women living in an underserved area.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Abstract