Mary E. Thompson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

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Assistant Professor, Track Coordinator Pediatrics NP Specialty
(617) 643-8469
Office Location: 
Shouse - 233

Mary Thompson is Assistant Professor and Track Coordinator of the Pediatrics NP Specialty in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions, and  teaches in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) programs.

Dr. Thompson obtained her PhD from the University of Virginia in 2010. Her dissertation research was a phenomenological study of parent feeding as a risk factor for child obesity, which was funded by an F32 NRSA from NIH National Institute of Nursing Research.

She has been a PNP for twenty-five years, practicing from 1988-2006 in pediatric primary care in the Boston area. More recently, she has practiced in pediatric neurology at the University of Virginia Health System with a specialty focus in headaches and transitional care for adolescents with epilepsy.

Dr. Thompson’s current research interest includes parenting and obesity risk in children with special needs, specifically epilepsy. She also is interested in best practice in transitional care for adolescents with epilepsy, and stigma in adolescents with epilepsy.

Research Interests

  • Parenting and obesity risk in children with special needs, specifically epilepsy
  • Best practice in transitional care for adolescents with epilepsy
  • Stigma in adolescents with epilepsy


Poster Presentations

3/2014 Transitional Care of Adolescents with Epilepsy. Presented at National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates 35th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care Boston, Massachusetts.

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.


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

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