Christian J. Thompson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. Christian has published scientific publications on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research.
Professor Thompson is engaged in numerous research and community projects investigating the effects of exercise programming on the physical function of older adults. In 2007, he received a three year, $600,000 grant from the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) to study the effectiveness of a progressive falls prevention exercise class on falls and fall risk in community-dwelling older adults who had recently fallen. This project has received continuing funding through DAAS and Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Foundation through 2016 and earned Christian the Outstanding Young Researcher award from the Council of Aging and Adult Development in 2009. This work allows Christian to involve numerous undergraduate students in the research process and several have accompanied him to state and national conferences, including the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore in 2010.
He is heavily involved in professional service as well. He currently serves within ACSM as Co-Chair of the Interest Group on Aging and is a member on the Health and Fitness Summit Planning Committee.
He is a featured author on older adult exercise for the PTA Global certification program and also developed educational content for IDEA, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Senior Fitness Association. He serves as an advisor and consultant to many industry groups and has appeared in numerous lay publications such as the IDEA Fitness Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Clinic Health Newsletter, Arthritis Adviser, and GOLF Magazine.
- PhD, University of Kansas
- older adult exercise program design
- exercise for prevention of falls
- effect of exercise training on cognitive function
- Awards & Distinctions
2009 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Council of Aging and Adult Development