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Teri Thompson

Professor Emerita


College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: Teri Thompson


  • Ph.D., Temple University, 1979
  • M.A., Purdue University, 1976
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975


Dr. Teri Thompson's primary research interests focused upon health communication and gender and communication. Recently, she was examining messages that impacted organ donation preferences. Other areas of interest have included ethics in health communication and coping with bereavement. Her research was published in numerous scholarly journals, such as Human Communication Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Social Science and Medicine. However, she was more widely read through publications in sources like The Wall Street Journal and Glamour, as well as having her work mentioned on the Tonight Show.

The impact of Teri's scholarship in our discipline would be hard to overstate. In addition to eight books and monographs and approximately 70 scholarly articles and chapters, she also served as editor of Health Communication for over 20 years. She was honored by the National Communication Association for her contributions to the field of health communication. Teri also contributed to UD with outstanding teaching and service. She directed over 20 master's theses and served since 2002 in the Women's Center Mentoring Program Working Group. In 2002, she was recognized with UD's highest award in teaching, the Alumni Award in Teaching.

Faculty perspective

"My favorite thing about UD is my students. I feel blessed every day when I walk into class and have an opportunity to interact with these great kids sitting in front of and around me."

Research interests

  • Health communication
  • Gender and communication