Photo of Melissa D. ThompsonMelissa D. Thompson

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Bachelor's Degree(s): BS, Exercise Science, Truman State University

Master's Degree: MEd, Athletic Training, University of Virginia

PhD: PhD, Kinesiology, Louisiana State University 


Office: 2227 Pleasant Hall

Curriculum Vitae




Melissa has been involved in some form of education, health care, and/or service for over 19 years. She has had the privilege to work in a variety of venues and interact with a myriad of individuals. Her experience as a certified athletic trainer in clinic, high school and college settings is the foundation of her teaching values and clinical anatomy knowledge. Melissa is active in children’s ministry and is blessed to be a wife and mom. 

Selected Publications

Landin D, Thompson M, Jackson MR. Functions of the Triceps Brachii in Humans:  A Review.  J Clin Med Res. 2018; Apr; 10(4): 290–293. 

Landin D, Thompson M, Jackson MR.  Actions of the Biceps Brachii at the Shoulder.  A Review. J Clin Med Res, 2017;9(8) 667-670.  PMCID: PMC5505302. 

Landin D, Thompson M, Reid M.  Actions of Two Bi-articular Muscles of the Lower Extremity.  A Review.  J Clin Med Res.  2016;8(7): 489–494.  PMCID: PMC4894017. 

Landin D, Thompson M, Reid M. Knee and Ankle Joint Angles Influence the Plantarflexion Torque of the Gastrocnemius.  J Clin Med Res. 2015;7(8):602-606. PMCID: PMC4471746. 

Landin D, Thompson M, Reid M.  The hip flexion function of the rectus femoris. J Athl Enhancement 2014, 3:2 doi: 10.4172/2324-9080.1000143. 

Thompson M, Landin D, Reid, M. Superficial Peroneal Neuropathy After Navicular Injury in a Soccer Player: A Case Report. J Athl Enhancement, 2014:3:4 doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000161.

Selected Presentations

Landin D, Thompson M, Reid M.  Clinical Implications of Bi-Articular Muscle Actions. Tutorial presented at the SEACSM Conference, Greenville, SC. February 13 -15, 2016. 

Reid M, Landin D, Thompson M, Harrell B. Ultrasound Evaluation of Medial Elbow Joint Space in Recreationally Active Individuals. Paper presented at the ACSM annual conference, Orlando, FL, May 2014. 

Reid M, Landin D, Thompson M. The rectus femoris and hip flexion. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine. Greenville, SC, January, 2013