Professor Janice L. Thompson PhD, FACSM

Professor Janice L. Thompson

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Head of School
Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Exercise

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 3084
Telephone (2)
+44 (0)121 414 4451
Leigh-Ann Cragg , PA to Head of School
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

60 second video iconProfessor Janice L. Thompson is a leading expert in the field of public health nutrition and exercise, and their role in preventing and treating risks for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes across the lifespan.


BSc in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology), California State University, Sacramento

MSc in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology), California State University, Sacramento

PhD in Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology and Nutrition), Arizona State University, Tempe

Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine


Professor Thompson completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from Arizona State University in 1991. After completing post-doctoral fellowship training at Stanford University in 1995, she worked at University of North Carolina, Charlotte and at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham in 2012, she was Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Bristol. She is a Fellow and Past Vice President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS).

Professor Thompson was awarded the 2015 ACSM Citation Award. This award is granted to an individual or group who has made significant and important contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, research and scholarship; clinical care; and/or administrative or educational services in sports medicine or exercise science.


Professor Thompson is the module co-ordinator for a third-year undergraduate module on Public Health Nutrition. She also contributes lectures to various BSc and MSc courses within the School and across the University. She is the author of 4 nutrition textbooks published in English, Spanish, Korean, and Arabic.

Postgraduate supervision

Janice has supervised 5 doctoral researchers and more than 60 MSc students to completion. She currently supervises 7 doctoral students and welcomes applications from potential doctoral researchers in her areas of interest.


Public health nutrition and physical activity; mixed methods research; dietary assessment techniques; community-based evaluations and interventions; ageing and minority ethnic health.

Professor Thompson gave an invited talk entitled Obesity Wars: Exercise vs. Diet at the Huffines Discussions 5 event (HD5) in November 2015. Watch the video of this talk on the Huffines Institute website here.


Selected recent publications

  1. Sebire SJ, Jago R, Wood L, Thompson JL, Zahra J, and Lawlor DA. Examining a conceptual model of parenting nurturance, parenting practices and physical activity among 5-6 year olds. Social Science and Medicine (in press).
  2. Emadian A, RC Andrews, CY England, V Wallace, and JL Thompson. The effect of dietary interventions in improving glycemic control in overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes, independent of the effects of weight loss. British Journal of Nutrition, 2015, 10 August, epub ahead of print doi: 10.1017. S0007114515003475.
  3. Littlecott HJ, Thompson JL, Fox KR, and Stathi A. Partners’ perceptions of success of a local public health collaborative: The Avon Network for the Promotion of Active Ageing in the Community (AVONet). Health Promotion International, 2015, 29 August, epub ahead of print doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav088.
  4. Curry WB, Duda JL, and Thompson JL. A mixed-methods examination of perceived and objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time among South Asian women in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2015, 12(3):3152-3173. Special Issue on Physical Activity and Public Health. doi:10.3390/ijerph120303152.
  5. Edwards MJ, R Jago, SJ Sebire, J Kesten, L Pool, and JL Thompson. The influence of friends and siblings on the physical activity and screen viewing behaviours of children aged 5-6 years: a qualitative analysis of parent interviews. BMJ Open, 2015, 5:e006593, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006593.
  6. Jennings HM, Merrell J, Thompson JL, and Heinrich M. Food or medicine? The food-medicine interface in households in Sylhet. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2015, 167:97-104.
  7. Kesten, J, Jago R, Sebire SJ, Pool L, J Zahra, Edwards M, and Thompson JL. Understanding the accuracy of parental perceptions of child physical activity: a mixed methods analysis. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2015, epub ahead of print, DOI:
  8. Jago R, SJ Sebire, B Davies, L Wood, K Banfield, MJ Edwards, JE Powell, AA Montgomery, JL Thompson, and KR Fox. Increasing children's physical activity through a teaching-assistant led extracurricular intervention: Process evaluation of the Action 3:30 randomised feasibility trial. BMC Public Health, 2015, 15:156,
  9. Jago R, L Wood, Zahra J, JL Thompson, and SJ Sebire. Parental control, nurturance, self-efficacy and screen-viewing among 5-6 year old children: A cross-sectional mediation analysis to inform potential behavior change strategies. Childhood Obesity, 2015, epub ahead of print,
  10. England CY, Andrews RC, Jago R, and Thompson JL. A systematic review of brief dietary questionnaires suitable for clinical use in the prevention and managements of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 25 February 2015, epub ahead of print, doi:10.1038/ejcn.2015.6.

A full list of Professor Thompson's publication (including textbooks) can be downloaded here as a PDF (129Kb).