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Darla Thompson

Senior Project Director

Darla Thompson, PhD is a Senior Project Director in the Inclusive STEMM Ecosystems for Equity & Diversity (ISEED) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Thompson directs SEA Change Biomedicine, a component of SEA Change that supports systemic transformation in the biomedical and health sciences. Previously, she served as faculty and senior program manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars at The George Washington University, a leadership program for doctoral students from systemically excluded and/or historically marginalized populations who are contributing to creating more just, equitable, and healthier communities. Dr. Thompson served as a program officer in the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. While there, she led the development of an action collaborative on business engagement in building healthy communities and led several workshops on topics such as framing the dialogue on racial and ethnicity to advance health equity, achieving health equity and well-being in rural communities, exploring equity in multisector health partnerships, and community violence as a population health issue. Dr. Thompson created and taught interdisciplinary courses on race, racism, science, medicine, and human diversity. She earned her PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University, where she primarily focused her historical and social systems research on technologies of power, enslavement, and incarceration of Black Americans as they struggled to be free.