Jordan Tompkins, MAA

Jordan Tompkins
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Jordan Tompkins, MAA, is a second-year Cancer Research Training Award Fellow on the Implementation Science Team in the Office in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute. During the first year of her fellowship she supported and later led program management and communications development for Research to Reality—an online community of practice that facilitated collaboration among cancer researchers and practitioners. Currently, she is working as a partnership liaison between DCCPS and the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC. In this role, she is analyzing collaborations between the divisions to identify challenges and opportunities for synergizing our work and leveraging our strengths in cross-division partnerships. She also serves as a touchpoint for staff across divisions.

Jordan received her Master’s degree in applied anthropology with a specialization in medical anthropology from the University of Maryland in 2015. As a medical anthropologist and qualitative researcher, she is most interested in understanding health-related challenges, beliefs, and behaviors from the perspective of the group under study and leveraging that information to improve health programs. Jordan has led qualitative research projects on a diverse range of topics, including health communication and treatment seeking behaviors for malaria in rural Mozambique; patient-reported outcomes of a community health worker program for HIV-positive transgender sex workers in Washington, DC; and cultural competency and sex education programs in rural Georgia, USA.


  • Qualitative research
  • Communications research and material development
  • Implementation and dissemination research and practice
  • User-centered research and design
  • Social determinants of health
  • Cultural systems, norms, and health