A clinician trained in pediatric primary care, Thompson worked at an urban, acute care health facility in the neonatal intensive care unit. After completing a graduate degree in nursing, she joined Syracuse University’s School of Nursing teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus on children and families. During this period, Thompson gained further skill in higher education administration through continuing education activities. Thompson later maintained a faculty practice in an urban school district’s school health program with a focus on pediatric primary care and population level health challenges within the school district. Thompson led the initial accreditation of the BSPH as a standalone baccalaureate program (CEPH 2016) and initial accreditation as a public health program (CEPH 2022).