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Hale Thompson

I am a second-year PhD student in the School of Public Health’s Community Health Sciences Division. I have an MS in Epidemiology, an MA in Sociology, and a BA in Economics.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on mobile technology as a platform for community-building and resilience among marginalized communities in general, and transgender and men who have sex with men (MSM) communities in particular. Given the immense stigmas associated with those on the margins and the increasing privatization of public space, mobile technology is often perceived as a safer, more accessible venue for the work of creating community. Similarly, I am interested in the trend toward mobile governance, including public health, in the name of efficiency, accessibility and transparency. Public health researchers and community members alike have not explicitly interrogated or explored privacy concerns or data security issues around these platforms. My research explores the various social and public health implications of this migration to cyberspace.


Thompson H, Reisner S, & Raymond HF. ‘Resilience in the Face of Discrimination, Violence, and Poverty: Measuring Quality of Life and Associated Factors Among Transgender Women’ (Under Review).

Chen S, McFarland W, Thompson H & Raymond HF. ‘Transmen in San Francisco: What do we know from HIV test site data?’ AIDS and Behavior (2011). Volume 15, Number 3: p.659-662.

Guest Lectures, Conferences, and Community Presentations

Quality of Life Measurements in Transgender Research: Respondent Driven Sampling & Confirmatory Factor Analysis in the San Francisco TEACH Study’ (2011). The Fenway Institute (Boston, MA).

Global HIV Epidemiology. Guest Lecture for Global Reproductive Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health (2010).

All Gender Health and Your Transgender Population. Minnesota Transgender Health Conference (2010).

All Gender Health Online Formative Research Findings. Co-presented with Principal Investigator, Dr. Walter Bockting at Sex::Tech Conference (2009) San Francisco, CA.

Findings and Recommendations from the Transgender Men Rapid HIV Needs Assessment. Co-presented with Sean Saifa Wall to the HIV Prevention Planning Council (2009), San Francisco, CA.

San Francisco’s FTM HIV Risks Assessment Findings. California State Office of AIDS Equality and Parity Conference (2009), Los Angeles, CA.

San Francisco’s FTM HIV Risks Assessment Findings. National Gay Men’s Health Summit (2008), Seattle, WA.

Transcending the Panopticon. Transomatechnics Conference (2008), Vancouver, BC.

Adapting SISTA and Mpowerment for Transgender Populations. Co-presented with Lois Bates and Samuel Lurie, HIV Prevention Leadership Summit (2007), New Orleans, LA.

Adapting Effective HIV Prevention Interventions for Transgender Populations. United States Conference on AIDS  (2006), Hollywood, FL.

Social Media, Film, Video

Guest Blogger for the Network for LGBT Health Equity and the LGBT Tobacco Control Network at Netroots Nation 2011.

All Gender Health Online Intervention Module, Testimony, Producer, Editor (2010).

All Gender Health Online Recruitment Ads I and II, Producer, Writer, Assistant Director, Assistant Editor 
2009 Traverse City, Co-Producer, Actor (2009).

Maggots & Men, Grant Writer, Locations Manager, Actor, Production Assistant (2009).

Night Fliers, Assistant Gaffer (2008).

Godspeed, Locations Manager (2008).