Engelberta (Beti) Thompson

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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.
Professor, Health Services


PhD   Western Michigan University, 1981   (Sociology)
MA   Western Michigan University, 1978   (Sociology)
BA   Grand Valley State College, 1974   (English, Sociology)

Contact Info

email:   bthompso@fhcrc.org
web site:   http://www.fhcrc.org/en/labs/profiles/thompson-beti.html

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

campus box:   358080
voice:   206-667-4673
fax:   206-667-5977


Engelberta Thompson teaches a course in community and health. Her research focuses on cancer health disparities among underserved populations. She has conducted a number of studies involving the Latino population, with a specific emphasis on cancer prevention and cancer screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.

(Dr. Thompson has no research opportunities available for 2014 - 2015.)

Community-based research; dietary change; cancer prevention; health disparities

Molina Y, Beresford SA, Hayes Constant T, Thompson B. Conversations about Abnormal Mammograms on Distress and Timely Follow-up Across Ethnicity. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26403889

Malen R, Knerr S, Delgado F, Fullerton SM, Thompson B. Rural Mexican-Americans' perceptions of family health history, genetics, and disease risk: implications for disparities-focused research dissemination. J Community Genet. 2015 Jul 4. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26141228

Cooper LA, Ortega AN, Ammerman AS, Buchwald D, Paskett ED, Powell LH, Thompson B, Tucker KL, Warnecke RB, McCarthy WJ, Viswanath KV, Henderson JA, Calhoun EA, Williams DR. Calling for a bold new vision of health disparities intervention research. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul;105 Suppl 3:S374-6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302386. Epub 2015 Apr 23.  PMID: 25905830    PMCID: PMC4455513

Smith MN, Wilder CS, Griffith WC, Workman T, Thompson B, Dills R, Onstad G, Vredevoogd M, Vigoren EM, Faustman EM. Seasonal variation in cortisol biomarkers in Hispanic mothers living in an agricultural region. Biomarkers. 2015 Jul;20(5):299-305. doi: 10.3109/1354750X.2015.1068863.  PMID: 26329526

Scheel JR, Molina Y, Briant KJ, Ibarra G, Lehman CD, Thompson B. Latinas' Mammography Intention Following a Home-Based Promotores-Led Intervention. J Community Health. 2015 Jun 11. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26063674

Chair, thesis committee for Carolina Amador
Disparities in timing of gestational diabetes screening in Hispanic and Caucasian, non-Hispanic women

Chair, dissertation committee for Matthew Banegas
Prediction, communication, and distribution of breast cancer risk

Chair, thesis committee for Adrianna Gutierrez
Evaluation of home health parties in a rural Latino population

Partnership for the Advancement of Research

This U54 collaborative grant with New Mexico State University is designed to:

  • Increase the capacity of NMSU to conduct competitive cancer 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.

Understanding and Preventing Breast Cancer Disparities in Latinas

This NCI-funded Center for Population Health and Health Disparities initiative includes four research studies designed specifically to address breast cancer disparities relevant to Latina women.

Hispanic Community Network to Reduce Cancer Disparities

The overall goal of this project is to work with community partners to reduce the cancer health disparities experienced by Hispanics in a rural area.

Partnership for a Hispanic Diabetes Prevention Program

The overall goal of this project is to establish community infrastructure to address diabetes experienced by Hispanics in a rural area.

Improving Breast Cancer Screening at the Primary Care Level

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.

Reducing Pesticide Exposure in Children of Farm Workers

The theme of this grant is the biochemical, molecular and exposure mechanisms that define children's susceptibility to pesticides as well as implications for assessing pesticide risks to normal development and learning.