Professor Janice L. Thompson PhD, FACSM

Professor Janice L. Thompson

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

Contact details

Address
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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.

Qualifications

PhD in Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology and Nutrition), Arizona State University, Tempe, 1991.

MSc in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology), California State University, Sacramento, 1987.

BSc in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology), California State University, Sacramento, 1985.

Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM)

Fellow of the European College of Sport Science (FECSS)

Biography

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 Executive Board 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.

Teaching

Professor Thompson is co-lead for the first-year undergraduate module, Becoming a Researcher. 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 and Spanish.

Postgraduate supervision

Janice has supervised 11 doctoral researchers and more than 60 MSc students to completion. She currently supervises 3 post-graduate research students:

  • Brandon Shad (Co-supervisor (30%) with Dr Gareth Wallis) – Expected date of completion September 2019 (currently awaiting viva). Funded by College of Life and Environmental Sciences Exercise as Medicine Studentship. “Influence of Sedentary Time on Skeletal Muscle Metabolism, Function, and Metabolic Health.”
  • Sekesai Dachi (Primary Advisor (80%) with Professor Peymane Adab, secondary supervisor) – expected date of completion September 2021. Funded by a combination of self-funding and support from the Royal College of Nursing. “Determinants of the Uptake of Bariatric Surgery by Ethnic Minority Patients.”
  • Anastasia Shvedko (Secondary supervisor (25%), with Anna Phillips (60%) and Carolyn Greig (15%)) – expected date of completion September 2019 (currently awaiting viva). Funded by a PhD studentship from the Russian government. “Impact of physical activity on reducing social isolation and loneliness in older adults.”
  • Benjamin Parry (Secondary supervisor (40%), with Jennifer Cumming (60%) – expected date of completion July 2020. Funded by a matched funded PhD studentship from Public Health England, St Basils Charity, and College of Life and Environmental Sciences. “Examination of influence of changes in physical activity on tackling youth homelessness using Mental Skills Training in homeless young people.”
  • Evans Asamane (Primary Advisor (90%)) – expected date of completion November 2019 (currently awaiting viva). “Dietary intake and eating behaviours in community-dwelling ethnically diverse older adults: cultural tailoring of assessment and identification of key social influences.” Funded by EU H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (PANINI).
  • Grace Tidmarsh (co-supervisor (30%) with Jennifer Cumming (70%) – expected date of completion September 2021. “Physical activity and health in homeless young people.” Funded by an ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship (1+3), in partnership with St Basils Charity.

Research

Research interests

Diabetes prevention and management in diverse communities; public health nutrition and physical activity; mixed methods research; dietary assessment techniques; community-based evaluations and interventions; ageing and ethnic minority health. 

Current projects

  • Co-investigator. ACE – Active, Connected and Engaged. NIHR Public Health Research Programme. 42 months. 01/02/21 – 31/07/24. £1,717,757. (Chief Investigator: Dr Afroditi Stathi).
  • Co-Investigator. “BY-BAND-SLEEVE: Gastric BYpass, adjustable gastric BANDing, or gastric SLEEVE surgery to treat morbid obesity: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial.” National Institute for Health Research/Health Technology Assessment, 09/127/53. 01/09/2011 – 31/12/2023. £2,874,696. (PI: J Blazeby, University of Bristol).

Other activities

Professor Thompson currently serves on the Executive Board of the European College of Sport Science and on the Scientific Committee of the British Nutrition Foundation. She is a member of the Diabetes UK Community Education Insight Advisory Group, and is Section Editor for the journal BMC Public Health.

The impact of Professor Thompson's research has been highlighted in the BBC's recent show 'Trust Me Im A Doctor'. Viewer statistics indicate 3.2 million viewers of the original programme, with an additional 200,000 views via BBC iPlayer.

Her research has also featured in a Birmingham brief article highlighting Veganism research at the University. 

Publications

Select recent publications

  1. Asamane, EA, CA Greig, and JL Thompson. Social networks and their influences on nutrient intake, nutritional status and physical function in community-dwelling ethnically diverse older adults: A mixed-methods longitudinal study. BMC Public Health, 2020, 20:1011. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09153y.   
  2. Withall J, Greaves C, Thompson JL, de Koning J, Bollen J, Moorlock S, Fox K, Western M, Snowsill T, Medina-Lara A, Cross R, Ladlow P, Taylor G, Zisi V, Clynes J, Grey S, Agyapong-Badu S, Guralnik J, Rejeski WJ, Stathi A. The tribulations of trials: Lessons learnt recruiting 777 older adults into REtirement in ACTion (REACT) a community, group-based active ageing intervention targeting mobility disability. Journal of Gerontology: Series A, 2020, glaa051, doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glaa051.
  3. Emm-Collison, L.G., S.J. Sebire, R. Salway, J.L. Thompson, and R. Jago. Multidimensional motivation for exercise: a latent profile and transition analysis.  Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 2020, 47, 101619, doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101619.
  4. Salway R, Emm-Collison L, Sebire SJ, Thompson JL, Lawlor DA, and Jago R. A multilevel analysis of neighbourhood, school, friend and individual-level variation in primary school children’s physical activity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2019, 16, 4889, doi:10.3390/ijerph16244889.
  5. Salway R, L Emm-Collison, SJ Sebire, JL Thompson, R Jago. Associations between socio-economic position and changes in children’s screen-viewing between ages 6 and 9: a longitudinal study. BMJ Open, 2019, 9:e027481. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027481.
  6. Smith, JR, Greaves, CJ, Thompson, JL, Taylor, RS, Jones, M, Armstrong, R, Moorlock, S, Griffin, A, Solomon-Moore, E, Kok, MSY, Price, L, and Abraham, C. The Community-based Prevention of Diabetes (ComPoD) study: A randomized, waiting list controlled trial of a voluntary sector-led diabetes prevention programme. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2019, 16:112, doi:10.1186/s12966-019-0877-3
  7. Solomon-Moore E, Salway R, Emm-Collison L, Sebire S, Thompson JL, and Jago R. A longitudinal study of the associations of family structure with physical activity across the week in boys and girls. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2019, 16:4050, doi:10.3390/ijerph16204050.
  8. Jago, R., R. Salway, L. Emm-Collison, S. Sebire, J.L. Thompson, and D. Lawlor. Association of BMI category with change in children’s physical activity between ages 6 and 11 years: a longitudinal study. International Journal of Obesity, 2019, 1-10, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-019-0459-0.
  9. Emm-Collison, LG, S Lewis, T Reid, J Matthews, SJ Sebire, JL Thompson, R Salway, and R Jago. Striking a balance: physical activity, screen-viewing and homework during the transition to secondary school. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2019, 16:3174, doi:103390/ijerph16173174.
  10. Salway R, Emm-Collison L, Sebire SJ, Thompson JL, Lawlor DA, and Jago, R. The association of school-related active travel and active after-school clubs with childrens’ physical activity: a cross-sectional study in 11-year-old UK children. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2019, 16:72, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0832-3

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