Mary E. Thompson, PhD, CPNP-PC

Mary Thompson
Assistant Professor
(617) 643-8469
Office Location: 
Shouse - 233

Mary Thompson, PhD, CPNP-PC, RN is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions.  Dr. Thompson received her BSN from the University of Vermont in 1984 and her MSN from Boston College in 1988. She has practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner for over twenty-five years. She has experience in pediatric primary care and has specialized in pediatric neurology, specifically in caring for adolescents with epilepsy.

Dr. Thompson obtained her PhD from the University of Virginia in 2010.  Her dissertation research was a qualitative study of parent feeding practices as they relate to a child’s risk for obesity, which was funded by an F32 NRSA from NIH National Institute of Nursing Research. She received the Phyllis J. Verhonick Dissertation Research Award from the University of Virginia, School of Nursing for this study. Dr. Thompson’s current research interest is in improving self-management of transitional-age youth with epilepsy.  She has recently completed a mixed method study using seizure watch technology to improve quality of life for adolescents and their families living with epilepsy. In addition, she received a NAPNAP Foundation Grant to conduct focus groups to study transitional-age youth with epilepsy and their caregivers’ self-management needs using eMobile Health.

Research Interests

  • Parenting and obesity risk in children
  • Self-management support in adolescents with epilepsy transitioning to adult care


BS in Nursing, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
MS in Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
PhD in Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Thompson, M. E., Langer, J. E., Knife, M. (2019). Seizure detection watch improves quality of life for adolescents with epilepsy and their families. Epilepsy & Behavior, 98(Part A), 188-194.

Coyne, B. M., Hallowell, S., and Thompson, M. E. (2017). Measurable outcomes after transfer from pediatric to adult providers in youth with chronic illness. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(1), 3-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.07.006

 Thompson, M. E. (2012). Nurses’ role in prevention of infant mortality in 1884 - 1925: Health disparities then and now. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27(5), 471-478.

Thompson, M. E., Jenkins, J., Smucker, A., Smithwick, A., Groopman, C., & Pastore, L. M. (2012). Acupuncturist perceptions of serving as a clinical trial practitioner. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20, 183-189.

Steeves, R. H., Parker, B., Laughon, K., Knopp, A., & Thompson, M. E. (2011). Adolescents’ experiences with uxoricide. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(2),

Thompson, M. E. (2010). Parental feeding and childhood obesity in preschool-age children: Recent findings from the literature. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 33, 204-267.


Thompson, M. E. and Langer, J. E. 
National Institute of Nursing Research 
Precision Health: Smart Technologies, Smart Health Boot Camp
Bethesda, MD
Poster Presentation: Adolescents with Epilepsy and their Families’ Perceptions of using a Seizure Detection Device

Langer, J. E., Thompson, M. E., and Knife, M.
American Epilepsy Society, Annual Meeting 2017
Washington, DC
Poster Presentation: Seizure Detection Device Impacts Quality of Life of Adolescents with Epilepsy and their Families

Thompson, M. E., Coyne, B. M., and Hallowell, S. 
Nursing Research Day 2017
Boston, MA
Poster Presentation: Nursing Implications for Improving Outcomes of Care after Transition from Pediatric to Adult Providers in Youth with Special Healthcare Needs 

Thompson, M. E. 
4th Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute Conference Theme: Linking Social Determinants of Health to Health Disparities and Cultural Inclusion
San Antonio, TX
Poster Presentation: The parent child feeding relationship: A social determinant of health for children

Hallowell, S., Coyne, B. and Thompson, M. E. 
Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting
Williamsburg, VA
Abstract for Poster Accepted: Outcomes after Transfer of Care from Pediatric to Adult Providers in Youth with Chronic Illness:  Implications for the Nurse Practitioner
Coyne B. M., Hallowell, S., and Thompson, M. E.  
8th Annual Healthcare Transition Research Consortium Research Symposium
Houston, Texas
Poster Presentation: Measurable Outcomes in Youth with Chronic Illness after Transition from Pediatric to Adult Providers: A Review of the Literature

Curriculum Vitae