Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, PhD, MA

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, Brown School; Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research, Institute for Public Health
colorectal cancer, community health, community-engaged research & practice, cultural competency, cultural diversity, discrimination & bias, disparities, health literacy, human papillomavirus, infectious disease, mental & behavioral health, prevention, racial & ethnic minorities, underserved & vulnerable, vaccination

Dr. Sanders Thompson is a leading researcher in the areas of racial identity, psychosocial implications of race and ethnicity in health communications, access to health services, and determinates of health and mental health disparities. She focuses on the importance of service to underserved populations through research, practice and community collaborations.

Issues of race, racial identity and historical issues of segregation and discrimination are central to Dr. Sanders Thompson’s research agenda, and are potentially important variables in the study of disparities in health and mental health. Her background and expertise allow her to contribute to recruitment and data collection, as well as engagement in and consideration of cultural factors, in ethnic minority communities.