Frances E. Thompson, Ph.D.
Program Director, Risk Factor Assessment Branch

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E124, MSC 9762
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

Interest Areas

  • Dietary assessment
  • Short dietary assessment instruments
  • Assessment of past diet
  • Study design
  • Public health


  • Ph.D. – Epidemiology
    University of Michigan
  • M.P.H. – Public Health Nutrition, Health Planning and Administration
    University of Michigan
  • B.S. – Community Nutrition, Community Development
    The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Frances (Fran) Thompson is a Program Director with the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Dr. Thompson works on activities to increase understanding and improve dietary assessment methods for population research. Her research focuses on development and evaluation of assessment instruments, in particular, short dietary assessment toolsExternal Web Site Policy used in large population surveys (National Health Interview Survey; California Health Interview Survey). Prior to joining EGRP, Dr. Thompson was an Epidemiologist in the Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch of the Applied Research Program (now the Health Care Delivery Research Program), DCCPS.

Before joining NCI, Dr. Thompson was a research investigator at Cornell University, where she examined dietary patterns, and she worked with the New York State Nutrition Surveillance Program monitoring soup kitchens and food pantries. Prior to that she was a research investigator at the University of Michigan, where she examined the reproducibility of past diet reports on an NCI-funded grant.


Thompson FE, Subar AF. Chapter 1, Dietary assessment methodology. In Coulston AM, Boushey CJ, Ferruzzi MG, eds. Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease. Third ed. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Press; 2013.

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