BOONE, N.C. — After conducting a national search, Appalachian State University has appointed Dr. Martie Thompson as its inaugural Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Endowed Professor in Public Health. Thompson, who comes to App State from Clemson University, will join the public health faculty in App State’s Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) in August.
This endowed professorship was funded through a donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, along with matching funds from the state. BCHS Dean Marie Huff explained that philanthropic support of professorships allows the college to recruit and retain distinguished faculty whose leadership is paramount to developing national programs of distinction.
“Dr. Thompson’s collaborative research and grant writing experience will be a wonderful addition to the college,” Huff said. “We look forward to her engaging with faculty and students across multiple programs in the college and university”
In addition to teaching in the public health program, Thompson will also work with the college’s Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services, where she will provide mentoring for App State faculty and students, along with community outreach.
At Clemson University, Thompson serves as a professor with dual appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. She has performed extensive research in the areas of interpersonal and self-directed violence, and, prior to joining Clemson University in 2001, she was an epidemic intelligence service officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention.
Thompson earned her Ph.D. in community psychology from Georgia State University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.
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About the Department of Health and Exercise Science
The Department of Health and Exercise Science in Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences delivers student-centered education that is accentuated by quality teaching, scholarly activity and service. The department includes two undergraduate academic disciplines: exercise science and public health. The department also offers two master’s degrees: athletic training, which leads to professional licensure, and exercise science, which prepares students for advanced study in a variety of related fields as well as research. Learn more at https://hes.appstate.edu.
About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services connects Appalachian State University to the community by supporting health and wellness research, interprofessional clinics and community outreach programs. The institute partners with the community to better prepare students to become exceptional practitioners who will continue to address health issues and disparities throughout the region and beyond. Learn more at https://ihhs.appstate.edu.
About the Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry — Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers nine undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work. Learn more at https://healthsciences.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.