Hannah Thompson, MPH, PhD
Hannah Thompson combines her applied and scientific background in physical activity and obesity prevention in her role as Program Leader of ConnectWell’s Activity for a Vibrant Life Program and Seminar Series. Hannah is a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology and Translational Science at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and researcher at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health with expertise in the evaluation of programs related to physical activity and obesity.
Hannah’s research focuses on identifying best practices, including interventions and policies, to improve health outcomes, with a focus on children and families in communities at highest risk for inactivity and poor health. She has worked in educational settings for over 10 years, collaborating with schools, non-profits, and community-based organizations. She has directed multiple studies on physical activity and obesity funded by the NIH, the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the California Obesity Prevention Program. Hannah has been a co-author on multiple peer-reviewed health-related publications and she has been an invited presenter at conferences on topics related to activity, obesity, and healthy behaviors.
Hannah has considerable direct experience teaching physical activity and health to children, teenagers, and families. She helped develop and taught the physical activity intervention for UCSF’s Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) clinic, which involved working with patients and families to develop and set physical activity goals. She also taught physical education and health in an Oakland charter school for several years.
After college, Hannah spent three months riding her bicycle across the United States with friends to raise money for a youth non-profit. She integrates activity into her life by playing on soccer, basketball, and softball teams in San Francisco, where she currently lives with her partner. Hannah’s a passionate believer in the positive impact physical activity can have on one’s mental, physical, and emotional health and is a huge advocate for increasing access to physical activity for kids and adults, alike.
Hannah received a Bachelor of Arts, in both American Civilization and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, with honors from Brown University, a Master in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Epidemiology and translational Science at University of California, San Francisco.