Darcy A. Thompson, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics

Email:  Darcy.Thompson@cuanschutz.eduDarcy_Thompson

Colorado PROFILES link:  https://profiles.ucdenver.edu/display/227863

Research Interests:

Dr. Thompson is a physician scientist whose research seeks to address inequities in health among racial and ethnic minoritized populations and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.  In an effort to inform the development of contextually and culturally-tailored interventions to promote healthy growth and development in early childhood, her work focuses on understanding social ecological contributors to early childhood lifestyle behaviors and their relationship with child growth. Recent work focuses on screen media use and sleep in the toddler age group.  She also conducts health services research focused on optimizing the care of families with limited English proficiency. She is experienced in mixed methods and community-based participatory research approaches. Current and past studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Thompson is co-Director of the Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes Research (SCORE) Fellowship at the Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado. She also serves on the executive committee of the University of Colorado Nutrition T32 (PI Krebs) and as an Associate Medical Director in the Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.


During my career, I have mentored junior faculty, fellows, residents, graduate students, medical students, and undergraduate students.  I am a faculty mentor on the Nutrition T32 program.

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program University of Washington, Seattle
Pediatric Internship and ResidencyUniversity of California, San Francisco
M.D.Yale University
M.P.H.Harvard University
B.A.Stanford University

Current Funding:

NIH/NINR       R01NR017605           (PI: Thompson)                       9/2018-6/2024
Factors influencing screen media use in low-income Mexican American toddlers

NIH/NHLBI      R01HL163859           (MPI: Thompson/Meltzer)        9/2022-8/2027
Sleep and Obesity in Toddlers from Mexican American Families



Clinical Expertise:

Dr. Thompson is a board-certified pediatrician working in the multidisciplinary Lifestyle Medicine clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado caring for children of all ages referred for obesity and related conditions.