Dr. Thompson’s research interests and teaching focus on applying risk analysis to improve global health, with a focus on children’s health. She seeks to integrate the best available evidence into health risk and policy models that inform strategy and management decisions. Dr. Thompson develops and applies quantitative methods for risk assessment and risk management with full consideration of the public policy implications associated with including uncertainty, variability, and complex dynamics in risk characterization. Drawing on a diverse background, she seeks to effectively integrate economic, social, political, legal, and technological issues into analyses that inform public policy and improve decision making in what she calls the “Age of Risk Management.” In 2000, while on the faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health, she created and directed the Kids Risk Project. In January 2009, she incorporated Kid Risk, Inc. as a self-standing, non-profit organization that focuses on improving children’s lives by understanding, characterizing, and communicating about the real risks that children face around the world and on empowering policy makers, parents, kids, and others to use the best available information to make better decisions. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and her Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Past-President and Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, which recognized her with its 2004 Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award and its 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2008, she received the Jay Wright Forrester Award from the System Dynamics Society for some of the Kids Risk Project’s research on polio. In 2014, Dr. Thompson led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Kid Risk, Inc. team that won the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Edelman Award, the leading global prize in Analytics and Operations Research, for its collaborative work supporting global polio eradication using a global integrated dynamics transmission, risk, and economic model. Dr. Thompson served as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Global Health at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine from 2012-2018, and as Chair of the US National Vaccine Advisory Committee from 2016-2018.