San Diego State University

Caroline A. Thompson

Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson

Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Assistant Professor

Phone: (619) 594-0104
Office: HT 09

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  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
  • Master of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (2010)
  • BA, Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1999)

Scholarly Areas

Cancer epidemiology, epidemiology methods, healthcare delivery system science, data science


Dr. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, specializing in cancer epidemiology and epidemiologic methodology. Her substantive topic areas include ethnic and other disparities in cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, and cancer-related mortality understood through geographic and social contexts. Her methods research is concerned with the use of existing sources of health-related “real world” data (e.g., electronic health records, pharmacy claims, cancer registries, etc.) for cancer population health research and the treatment of systematic error via quantitative bias analysis in observational epidemiology. In addition to her role as faculty with the GSPH, she is also a K12 scholar with the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) and a consulting investigator with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, where she completed her post-doctoral training as an AcademyHealth Delivery Systems Science Fellow (DSSF) in 2014. Prior to receiving her training as an Epidemiologist, she enjoyed a 10-year career in the biopharma industry as a data manager for oncology clinical trials.