Tess Thompson

School Attended While Participating in the Student Fellows Program: Washington University in St. Louis (MPH student)

Contact E-mail: tessthompson@wustl.edu

Areas/Topics of Interest in MCH:

health narratives

childbirth and breastfeeding

global health

reproductive health

Current Research/Area of Study:

breast cancer and social support

family health history

breastfeeding promotion


Rhodes Scholar (studied women’s philanthropy in Victorian literature)

published fiction and poetry

one of the founding teachers of Raleigh Charter High School

BJC Scholar at Washington University

Current Work:

Research assistant at the Health Communications Research Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis

Practicum student at the Division of Health Behavior Research at the Washington University Medical School

Working on a project to promote breastfeeding in an urban slum of Haiti

Future Work:

I’m interested in people’s narratives in their own health, and I’d like to study further the factors that make narratives and stories effective in health promotion. I’m also interested in analyzing women’s reproductive and childbirth choices.