Kimberly M. Thompson, Sc.D.

10524 Moss Park Rd.
Ste. 204-364
Orlando, FL 32832
Phone: (617) 680-2836
Complete curriculum vitae

Dr. Thompson's research interests and teaching focus on the issues related to developing and applying quantitative methods for risk assessment and risk management, and consideration of the public policy implications associated with including uncertainty and variability in risk characterization. Drawing on a diverse background, she seeks to effectively integrate technological, social, political, legal, and economic issues into risk analyses that inform public policy and improve decision making in what she calls the "Age of Risk Management." Building on her broad training, Dr. Thompson focuses on the characterization of information and communication of risks. She developed a guide to help consumers take charge of health information that appeared in her 2004 book called Risk in Perspective: Insight and Humor in the Age of Risk Management (Newton, MA: AORM). She created and directed the Kids Risk Project at the Harvard School of Public Health between January 2000 and January 2009, at which point she created Kid Risk, Inc. as a self-standing, non-profit organization that would continue the Kids Risk Project mission. Dr. Thompson maintains long-standing interests in the issues related to variability in risk for sensitive subpopulations, particularly children, and the potential risk tradeoffs associated with policies designed to protect them. Dr. Thompson's research currently focuses on system dynamics and dynamic modeling, particularly focusing on policies for polio risk management after the success of global eradication of wild polioviruses (learn more about this work from Kid Risk, Inc.). As the use of quantitative analysis continues to grow, Professor Thompson looks at how the type of analysis used (e.g., cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, decision analysis, value-of-information analysis, risk-only or health-only analysis, etc.) influences and determines policy outcomes. She developed and taught a course at Harvard on Probabilistic Risk Analysis: Assessment, Management, and Communication between 2000 and 2004, which is no longer offered. 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. Recognized as a Society for Risk Analysis/Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer and popular keynote speaker, she is a Past-President and Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, which honored her with its 2004 Chauncy Starr Distinguish Young Risk Analyst Award. In 2007 she led the team that won the World Championship of the beer distribution game and in 2008 she recieved 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 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kid Risk, Inc. team that won the INFORMS Edelman Award.