Meet The Current Team

Dr. Kara Thompson

St. Francis Xavier University Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Collaborating Scientist Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)

Dr. Kara Thompson earned a PhD in Life Span Development Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2014. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University, she joined the StFX Psychology Department in 2015, where she quickly established herself as prolific scholar. In 2017, Dr. Thomson was awarded a two-year Jules Léger Research Scholar Award for outstanding research by early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences and in 2020-21 she received a highly competitive New Health Investigator award from Research Nova Scotia. In 2021 she was awarded the StFX University President’s Research Award for outstanding research by an early-mid career faculty member. Healthy Mind: Women, Alcohol & Marketing She has published close to 60 peer-reviewed articles in leading scholarly journals and has given close to 70 conference presentations in her research career to date. Dr. Thompson is also an exemplary citizen scientist – frequently sharing her expertise and research findings in a wide variety of formats, through reports to the government, professional blog posts, numerous media interviews. Dr. Thompson’s research addresses a broad range of issues related to mental health and addictions. She is widely recognized for her research contributions on substance use and abuse among youth lead to poor health outcomes in adulthood. Looking ahead, Dr. Thompson is interested in exploring alcohol warning labels, digital alcohol and cannabis advertising, the effects on cannabis on women and streamlining post-secondary alcohol education, training and programming.

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