Connie Tompkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology

Connie TompkinsOffice: 310D Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-3817
Email: Connie.Tompkins@uvm.edu

Dr. Connie Tompkins is an assistant professor of exercise physiology with expertise in the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity. She is director of the multi-disciplinary, adolescent weight management program, REWARD TEENS at UVM and a member of the Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory. Collaborating with several colleagues and community members, Dr. Tompkins recently conducted numerous, school-based, physical activity interventions in elementary and middle-school students. Her current research interests which expand upon her expertise include perceptual and adherence variables related to physical activity, parental influence, inhibitory control, and mobile applications as intervention tools in healthy weight and obese adolescents. Dr. Tompkins also teaches several courses in the Exercise and Movement Science program.

Education

Postdoctoral Researcher, Endocrinology, Tulane University School of Medicine
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology and Curriculum & Instruction, University of New Orleans

Current projects include:
Selected Publications

Tompkins CL, Flanagan T, Lavoie J, Brock DW. Heart Rate and Perceived Exertion in Healthy Weight and Obese Children During a Self-Selected, Physical Activity Program. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, in press. PMID: 25203162

Tompkins CL, Seablom M, Brock DW. Parental Perception of Child’s Body Weight: A Systematic Review. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2014. DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-9945-0

Kien CL, Bunn JY, Tompkins CL, Dumas JA, Crain KI, Ebenstein DB, Koves TR, Muoio DM. Substituting dietary monounsaturated fat for saturated fat is associated with increased daily physical activity and resting energy expenditure and with changes in mood. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013, 97:689-697. PMCID: PMC3607650

Tompkins CL, Hopkins J, Goddard L, and Brock DW.  The effect of an unstructured, moderate to vigorous, before-school physical activity program in elementary school children on academics, behavior, and health. BMC Public Health, 2012; 12. PMCID: PMC3390275

Brock DW, Tompkins CL, Gower BA, and Hunter GR.  The influence of resting energy expenditure on blood pressure in formerly overweight women.  Metabolism—Clinical and Experimental, 2012; 61: 237-241. PMCID: PMC3213288

Desai PS, Brock DW, Wilder H, Tompkins CL. Child vs Parent Perception of HRQOL in Healthy Weight and Obese Children. Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 2012, 584-588.

Brock DW, Tompkins CL, Gower BA, and Hunter GR. Influence of resting energy expenditure on blood pressure is independent of body mass and a marker of sympathetic tone. Metabolism (2011).

Tompkins, CL., Moran, K., Preedom, S., Brock, DW. Physical Activity-Induced Improvements in Markers of Insulin Resistance in Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents. Current Diabetes Reviews, 2011, 7(3): 164-170.

Brock DW, Tompkins CL, and Maynard A. Treating obesity, physical inactivity, and chronic disease. NATA, 2011; 6: 22-23.

Tompkins, C., Cefalu, W., Ravussin, E., Goran, M., Soros, A., Volaufova, J., Vargas, A., Sothern, MS. Frequently Sampled Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Testing Prior to Puberty: Challenging, Yet Feasible. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 2010, 5(1):51-55.

Larson-Meyer, DE., Newcomer, BR., VanVrancken-Tompkins, CL., Sothern, MS. Feasibility of Assessing Liver Lipid by Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Healthy Normal and Overweight Prepubertal Children. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, 2010 12(3): 207-212.

Loftin, M., Sothern, M., Tuuri, G., Tompkins, C., Koss, C., Bonis, M. Gender Comparison of Physiologic and Perceptual Responses in Recreational Marathon Runners. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2009, 4(3):307-316.

Tompkins, C., Soros, A., Sothern, M., Vargas, A. Effects of physical activity on diabetes management and lowering risk for type 2 diabetes. American Journal of Health Education, Sept-Oct 2009.

VanVrancken-Tompkins CL, Sothern MS. Preventing obesity in children birth to five years. In: Tremblay, RE, Barr RG, Peters RDeV, eds. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development; 2006:1-7. Available at: http://www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca

VanVrancken-Tompkins, C., Sothern, M., Bar-Or, O. Strengths and Weaknesses in the Response of the Obese Child to Exercise in Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Management, Ed. Sothern, M., von Almen, TK, Gordon, S., 2006, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL.

Sothern, M., VanVrancken-Tompkins, C., Carlisle, L. Pediatric Obesity Dietary Approaches: A Survey of the Options in Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Management, Ed. Sothern, M., von Almen, TK, Gordon, S., 2006, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL.

Schumacher, H., VanVrancken-Tompkins, C., Sothern, M. Nutrition Education in Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Management, Ed. Sothern, M., von Almen, TK, Gordon, S., 2006, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL.

Sothern, M., VanVrancken-Tompkins, C., Brooks, C., Thelin, C. Increasing Physical Activity in Overweight Youth in Clinical Settings in Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Management, Ed. Sothern, M., von Almen, TK, Gordon, S., 2006, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL.