Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN

Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN
Lead, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track; Lead, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track
Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


My program of research has focused on both preventing and improving outcomes from traumatic brain injury, with a particular emphasis on older adults. I am presently conducting research to evaluate how the immune response to traumatic brain injury is influenced by age and its relationship to outcomes following traumatic brain injury. Together with collaborators at the University of Washington and elsewhere, I am also examining ways in which technology can aid in injury prevention or assist in the recovery process should a traumatic injury occur. I use a variety of approaches in my research, including basic science techniques, clinical epidemiology, and qualitative methods.


I teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Nursing, and serve as an advisor to Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner students. Courses taught include Gerontological Nursing at the undergraduate level as well as Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan and Health Systems and Health Economics at the graduate level. Mentoring undergraduate nursing students as well as graduate students in nursing and other disciplines offers me the privilege of sharing my enthusiasm for neuroscience, gerontology, technology, and improving trauma care delivery with the next generation of scholars.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

Service activities allow me to foster the translation of evidence into practice. I am actively involved in professional organizations such as the Gerontological Society of America and the National Neurotrauma Society. I am the Editor Emerita of the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing's Clinical Practice Guideline Series and served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee to evaluate Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy following Traumatic Brain Injury.

Current Publications

  • Thompson, H.J., Dikmen, S., & Temkin, N. (2012). Prevalence of comorbidity and its association with traumatic brain injury and outcomes in older adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing 5(1) 17-24. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20111206-02
  • Thompson, H.J., Weir, S., Rivara, F.P., Wang, J., Sullivan, S.D., Salkever, D., & MacKenzie, E. (2012). Utilization and costs of health care following geriatric traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 29(10), 1864-1871. doi: 10.1089/neu.2011.2284
  • Reeder, B., Chung, J., Lazar, A., Joe, J., Demiris, G. & Thompson, H.J. (2013). Testing a Theory-Based Mobility Monitoring Protocol Using In-Home Sensors: A Feasibility Study. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 6, 253-263.
  • Chaudhuri, S., Thompson, H.J. & Demiris, G. (in press). Fall detection devices and their use with older adults: A systematic review.  Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
  • Rockett, H., Thompson, H.J., & Blissitt, P. (in press). Fever management practices of neuroscience nurses: What has changed? Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

Current Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator. 1R01NS077913, NIH/NINDS Impact of Aging on the Immune Response to Traumatic Brain Injury.
  • Co-Investigator. 1U01NS086625 NIH/NINDS Neuropathology of CTE and Delayed Effects of TBI: Toward In-Vivo Diagnostics. National Institute of Neurologic Diseases and Stroke
  • Co-Investigator. 1R03DC012810, NIH/NIDCD Patient-provider Communication for Patients with Communication Disorders.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Home-based Environmental Technologies for Healthy Elders: The
  • HEALTH-E Initiative (www.health-e.info).
  • Principal Investigator D09HP26957, Preparing Acute Care Nurse Practitioners for Care of Adults/Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions, Health Resources and Services Administration
Research Interests: 
Traumatic brain injury; geriatric trauma; biomarkers; gerontechnology; health services research; evidence-based practice
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