Vetta Sanders Thompson
Professor of Racial & Ethnic Diversity, Duke University

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD is the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Siteman Cancer Center. In addition, she is Brown School at Washington University Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Sanders Thompson's research focuses on the health and well-being of diverse communities, particularly the African-American community. Her funded research has addressed promotion of cancer screening and HPV vaccination among African Americans, and community engagement. Additionally, her scholarship has covered racial identity, implications of experiences of discrimination, and socio-cultural determinants of disparities. Her goal is to empower members of the community to improve their health and well-being through education and opportunities for action. A licensed clinical psychologist, Professor Sanders Thompson currently serves on the Editorial Board of Preventing Chronic Disease, and is a past Co-Director of the Center for Community Health, Partnership and Research and a past member of the Missouri Foundation Health Board of Directors.

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