Christian  Thompson

Christian Thompson

Associate Professor

Christian Thompson, Ph.D. University of Kansas, 2001, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of San Francisco. Christian has published scientific publications on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research.
At USF, Christian teaches in the Exercise and Sport Science department (Exercise Physiology & Laboratory, Nutrition for Exercise & Health, and Exercise Program Design) as well as the Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology (Study of Human Aging) which he served as Coordinator from 2005-2010. He served as ESS Department Chair from 2008 to 2010 and is currently on sabbatical leave. Christian 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 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 work has received continuing funding for additional years (through 2012) and earned Christian the Outstanding Young Researcher award from the Council of Aging and Adult Development in 2009. Additionally, in 2010, Christian was awarded a two year $20,000 grant from the Kaiser Community Benefit Foundation to continue to expand his work in falls prevention to other locations in San Francisco. 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.
Christian also is involved heavily in professional service. He is currently Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group on Aging within ACSM and the Chair of the Council on Aging and Adult Development (CAAD). 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 for both not-for-profit and profit companies and organizations and has appeared in numerous lay publications such as the IDEA Fitness Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Clinic Health Newsletter, Arthritis Advisor, and GOLF Magazine.


Ph.D. University of Kansas