Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD

Primary Academic Title

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University

Research Interest

I serve as principal investigator for the Elimika Project of the Center for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. This study addresses the effectiveness of culturally appropriate publications in a randomized trial among 820 African-Americans. Participant differences in fruit and vegetable intake and colorectal cancer screening and intent are evaluated at four follow-up data collection periods.


  • 1984: MA, psychology, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • 1988: PhD, psychology, Duke University

Selected Research Publications

Understanding disruptions in cancer care to reduce increased cancer burden.
  • Davis KL, Ackermann N, Klesges LM, [...] Sanders Thompson VL
  • Elife 2023
Construct validation of the Research Engagement Survey Tool (REST).
  • Goodman MS, Ackermann N, Haskell-Craig Z, [...] Sanders Thompson VL
  • Res Involv Engagem 2022
Strategies to Achieve Breast Health Equity in the St. Louis Region and Beyond over 15+ Years.
  • Drake B, James A, Miller H, [...] Thompson VS
  • Cancers (Basel) 2022