Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson


Program Director
Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 116


Professor Thompson has published several scientific publications on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 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, including his work with the city-wide Always Active program in San Francisco.  He is heavily involved in professional service as well. He has served as Chair of the Interest Group on Aging and as a member of the Health and Fitness Summit Planning Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine. He is an associate editor for both the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine and the ACSM Health Fitness Journal.

He is a featured author on older adult exercise for the Functional Aging Institute and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  He serves as an advisor and consultant to many companies in the health and wellness sector.

Research Areas

  • Older adult exercise program design
  • Exercise for prevention of falls
  • Effect of exercise training on cognitive function


  • Program Director, Gerontology Minor
  • Chair, Interdisciplinary Committee on Aging
  • New Faculty Mentor, Department of Kinesiology


  • University of Kansas, PhD in Exercise Science, 2001
  • University of Oklahoma, MS in Health and Sport Science, 1997
  • Cornell University, BS in Atmospheric Science, 1993

Prior Experience

  • Research Affiliate, Neuroscape Laboratory at UCSF Medical Center
  • Instructor in the Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Science, University of Kansas

Awards & Distinctions

  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2023
  • Council on Aging and Adult Development, Young Researcher Award, 2009

Selected Publications