Kirsten Thompson, MPH

Program & Communications Director, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health

Ms. Thompson directs the Bixby Center core team with the aim of expanding the impact of our members' work. To support our members, the Bixby core team enhances our internal and external communications, increases our collaborations, and mentors and develops our members. She coordinates fundraising and grant writing for Bixby core and collaborative projects involving multiple members. Do date, she has authored 15 successful proposals. She manages the Bixby and UCSF/KPNC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) seminar series. She continues to collaboratively design, implement, and manage research projects, focusing on the ultimate policy impact of the research.

​Ms. Thompson joined the UCSF Bixby Center in 2008 as a research coordinator for a large national trial with 40 Planned Parenthood sites. For five years, she worked closely with Bedsider to author and curate content, including the Provider Perspectives, Get on Top, and Shoptalk series. Before joining the Bixby Center, she founded an organization to promote the development of new contraceptives for men and analyzed satellite data for the World Resources Institute.


Areas of interest:

  • Organizational development
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Reproductive justice-informed research
  • Translating research into improvements in health policies and outcomes



  • UCSF STAR Award, 2017
  • Award for Outstanding Continuing Education Outcomes Assessment, Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 2016
  • Sommer Scholar awardee, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007



  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Masters in Public Health
  • Bryn Mawr College, Bachelor's in Biology