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Professor of Public Health, Appalachian State University

Martie Thompson, Ph.D., is the Blue Cross North Carolina Distinguished/Endowed Professor in Public Health and the Director of Community Research at the Institute for Health and Human Services at Appalachian State University. She also is an Adjunct Professor at Clemson University and Emory University. She completed her Ph.D. in community psychology at Georgia State University, a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the CDC. Her research interests include risk factors and consequences of violence, as well as risk factors for suicidal behavior.


  • 2021–present
    Distinguished Professor, Appalachian State University
  • 2003–2021
    Professor, Clemson University
  • 1997–1999
    Epidemic Intelligience Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention