July 6, 2021

Michael R. Thomsen, PhD

Professor, Health Policy and Management

Professor, Governor Sidney S. McMath Chair in Obesity Prevention
Director, Center for the Study of Obesity
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

Office: RAHN 6201B
Office Phone Number: (501) 526-6737
Email: mthomsen@uams.edu


1998, PhD, University of Minnesota, Agricultural and Applied Economics
1994, MS, Utah State University, Agricultural Economics
1993, BS, Utah State University, Agricultural Economics

Research Interests

  • Economics of obesity
  • Nutrition and food policy
  • School nutrition programs
  • Food access
  • Food insecurity

Courses Taught

HPMT 5335: Data Mining in Healthcare

Recent Publications

Fang D, Thomsen MR, Nayga Jr, RM. The association between food insecurity and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC public health. 2021;21(1):607-. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-10631-0. PMCID: PMC8006138.

Dunn RA, Nayga Jr RM, Thomsen MR, Rouse HL. A longitudinal analysis of fast-food exposure on child weight outcomes: Identifying causality through school transitions. Q open. 2021;1(1):qoaa007-. DOI: 10.1093/qopen/qoaa007

Zare S, Thomsen MR, Nayga Jr RM, Goudie A. Use of Machine Learning to Determine the Information Value of a BMI Screening Program. American journal of preventive medicine. 2021;60(3):425-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.10.016

Schauder S, Thomsen MR, Nayga Jr RM. Agent-based modeling insights into the optimal distribution of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Preventive medicine reports. 2020;20:101173-. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101173. PMCID: PMC7475199

Kim B, Thomsen MR, Nayga RM, Fang D, Goudie A. Move more, gain less: Effect of a recreational trail system on childhood BMI. Contemporary Economic Policy. 2020;38(2):270-88. DOI: 10.1111/coep.12448. PMCID: PMC7074062.