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Hilaire Thompson PhD, RN, ARNP, CNRN, AGACNP-BC, FAAN

Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
PhD in Nursing Science Program Director
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Personnel
Core Faculty, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center
Affiliate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, School of Medicine

Injuries as a leading cause of death and disability in adults. There are substantive inequities in both the risk for and recovery following injury among individuals. My program of research has focused on both preventing and improving outcomes from traumatic 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 seeking to identify how social determinants of health, system and structural factors and health promotion activities influence recovery from injury. I use a variety of approaches in my research, including basic science techniques, clinical epidemiology, as well as qualitative and mixed methods. I am actively involved in professional organizations such as the Gerontological Society of America and the National Neurotrauma Society.


  • BS Biology Mary Washington College
  • BSN Catholic University of America
  • MS (Nursing) Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MS (Clinical Epidemiology) University of Washington
  • PhD University of Pennsylvania

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2018 Excellence In Neuroscience Education, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  • Protégé Award, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
  • Fellow, Western Academy of Nursing
  • International Nurse Research Hall of Fame, STTI
  • Fellow, Washington State Academy of Sciences

What classes do you teach?

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care NP Courses
  • Biology to Society Seminar
  • Dissertation Colloquium
  • Translational Health Sciences Seminar

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The UWSoN is a tremendous place to do research and to work with the next generation of clinicians and scholars. This is a supportive and nurturing environment for faculty and students alike.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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