Member, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Associate Director Emeritus, Minority Health and Health Disparities
Health Disparities Research Center, Fred Hutch
Dr. Beti Thompson has devoted her career to improving cancer prevention and screening in underserved populations across Washington state and beyond. Her research focuses on disease prevention through lifestyle changes such as diet, physical activity, smoking cessation and disease screening. She has been a pioneer of community-based research for more than three decades, working with diverse partners to develop and conduct culturally relevant research interventions to reduce cancer risk and increase cancer screenings. She has also mentored many Hispanic students through high school, undergraduate and graduate scientific studies.
Dr. Thompson is the founder and former director of the Hutch’s Health Disparities Research Center, which was expanded to the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. Her honors include the American Association for Cancer Research and Susan Komen Fourth Annual Health Disparities Scientist Award, the American Society of Preventive Oncology Joseph F. Fraumeni Jr. Distinguished Achievement Award, the Civil Rights and Environmental Justice Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Women of Color Mentor Award and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Women of Valor Award. Dr. Thompson was also elected into the Washington State Academy of Sciences and invited to deliver the American Association for Cancer Research Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Health Disparities.
To recognize her contributions to disparities research, the Hutch in 2018 created the Beti Thompson Community Health Trailblazer Award and the Beti Thompson Cancer Health Equity Research Award.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Services
University of Washington School of Public Health
Ph.D., Sociology, Western Michigan University, 1981
M.A., Sociology, Western Michigan University, 1978
B.A., English and Sociology, Grand Valley State College, 1974
Community approaches to reducing cancer and other health disparities in minority and other underserved populations, both in the US and abroad.