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Keitra Thompson

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center; Associate Research Scientist, Elevate: A Policy Lab to Elevate Mental Health and Disrupt Poverty

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Keitra Thompson, DNP, MSN, MHS, APRN (BC)



Keitra Thompson is an associate research scientist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She primarily works with Elevate, a policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty, in the Office of Public Health Practice. In her role, Dr. Thompson collaboratively leads research, evaluation, and implementation strategies to improve the well-being of families and children disproportionately impacted by poverty, intergenerational trauma, and suboptimal mental health and social outcomes. As a dually board certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Thompson also provides care to patients of all ages in community health settings. She utilizes her clinical experiences and tenets of translational science and community engagement to inform equity driven research and program implementation. Prior to joining Yale School of Public Health Dr. Thompson was a post-doctoral fellow and VA scholar in the National Clinician Scholars Program in the Department of General Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. She holds graduate degrees and certificates from Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Public Health and an undergraduate degree from Emory University.

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral Fellow
    VA/Yale School of Medicine (2021)
  • MHS
    Yale School of Medicine, Health Services Research (2021)
  • DNP
    Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Executive Nursing Practice (2019)
  • MSN
    Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing (2017)
  • BSN
    Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Nursing (2014)
  • BA
    Emory University, Anthropology/Women's Studies/Global Health (2013)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Breastfeeding Support Professional Scholar AwardConnecticut Breastfeeding Coalition2020
"120 under 40" Award in Family PlanningBill & Melinda Gates Foundation2019
Emerging Scholar AwardSociety of Family Planning2018

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