Marcella Thompson, PhD, MS, CSP, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN
Assistant Professor - College of Nursing
Dr. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brown University. Currently, she is Environmental Health State Agencies Liaison and Co-Leader of Community Engagement for Brown University's Superfund Research Program. In this role, she facilitates partnerships among academics; government legislators and regulators; healthcare, public health and environmental professionals; community and Tribal leaders and their members. Together, they plan, organize, structure and design projects that address their environmental health related issues of concern, building upon their assets, strengths and cultural knowledge while advancing scientific knowledge, environmental health policy and evidence-based practice. Thompson has a breadth of community engagement experience in clinical, corporate and academic venues. Prior to her relatively recent entry into academia, she developed health and safety educational programs for a culturally diverse workforce of managers, engineers, technical personnel and production workers by using innovative methods including hands-on workshops, interactive games, web-based training, desktop publishing and video production. Through these experiences, she learned the art of communicating risk and the value of creating an environment that supports change. She chaired a state commission comprised of members from divergent stakeholders to reduce Rhode Island's use of mercury. This experience taught her the delicate but difficult task of finding common ground and facilitating group dynamics to positively impact public health. She teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing students public health nursing and research, and, for a time, coordinated their community health clinical experiences through the University of Rhode Island and previously, Salve Regina University.
Thompson serves as a member of the Rhode Island Department of Health Fish Advisories Council; Rhode Island Department of Statewide Planning Performance Measures Committee; and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences FISHNET and Indigenous Populations Working Groups.
Thompson is a Fellow of the Academy of American Occupational Health Nurses; Treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau Delta Upsilon Chapter-at-Large; Environmental Affairs Committee member for the American Nurses Association – Rhode Island; and a professional member of the American Public Health Association, Eastern Nursing Research Society, the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association, and the American Society of Safety Engineers where she has served as the Society's Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors.
Post-Doctoral Research, Environmental Health, Brown University
PhD, Nursing, University of Rhode Island
M.S., Physiology/Occupational Health, Harvard School of Public Health
M.S., Community Health Nursing/Occupational Health Nursing, Boston University
B.S., Nursing, Salve Regina University
Role of the Environmental Health Nurse as a Knowledge Broker
Strategic and Synergistic Partnerships
Multiple Environmental Chemical Exposures (lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls) Among Childbearing-Aged Women
Contaminated Fish Consumption Among Indigenous Populations
Thompson, M.R., Burdon, A., & Boekelheide, K. (2014). Practice-Based Evidence Informs Environmental Health Policy and Regulation: A Case Study of Residential Lead-Soil Contamination in Rhode Island. Science of the Total Environment, 468-469: 514-522. PMCID: PMC3858391
Pennell, K., Thompson, M., Rice, J.W., Senier, L., Brown, P., & Suuberg, E. (2013). Bridging Research and Environmental Regulatory Policy Processes: The Role of the Knowledge Broker. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(21): 11985-11992. PMCID: PMC3875357
Thompson, M.R. & Boekelheide, K. (2013). Multiple environmental chemical exposures to lead, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls among childbearing-aged women (NHANES 1999-2004): body burden and risk factors. Environmental Research, 121: 23-30. PMCID: PMC3578119
Thompson, M.R. (2012). Mercury Contamination: Analysis of a Residential Response. Professional Safety, 57(2): 50-58. PMCID: PMC3576874
Thompson, M.R. (2011). Exposures to Multiple Environmental Chemicals (Lead, Methylmercury, Polychlorinated Biphenyls) Among Women of Childbearing Age Living in the United States, 1999-2004. Kingston, RI: College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island. ProQuest PMCID: PMC3449440
Thompson, M.R. (2003). The Three R's of Fire Safety, Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Planning. AAOHN Journal, 51(4): 169-179
Thompson, M.R. (2000). Planning, Writing and Producing Employee Education Programs. Professional Safety, 45(12): 33-39.
Thompson, M.R. (May, 1991). Occupational Health Nurses Experience Challenges of Space Exploration. AAOHN Journal. 39(5), 226.
Remer, M. (1983). The Health Belief Model and Hospital Nursing Personnel's Health and Safety Behaviors When Moving Patients (Master's Thesis). Boston, MA: College of Nursing, Boston University.