Photo of Melissa D. ThompsonMelissa D. Thompson

Associate Professor of Professional Practice

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

Master's Degree: Athletic Training, University of Virginia

PhD: Kinesiology, Louisiana State University 


Office: 2222 HPL Field House

Curriculum Vitae




Melissa has been involved in some form of education, health care, and/or service for over 20 years. She has had the privilege to utilize her professional skills in a variety of settings and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Professional Practice for the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Her previous professional experience as a certified athletic trainer provided a strong foundation in clinical anatomy and healthcare.  Melissa currently serves as the Director of the Rathbone Human Anatomy and Cadaver Lab and Clinical Preceptor for Baton Rouge Sports Medicine Physician Fellowship.  She is also the Coordinator for Human Movement Concentration within the School of Kinesiology and multiple LSU student professional organizations on campus.  Her favorite role is being 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

Thompson M. Bones in Human Anatomy. Presentation to STEM Pathfinders at Ochsner Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2023.

Thompson M, Jackson M. Fistula Discovery in Undergraduate Cadaver Dissection Course. Poster presentation at Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, May 2023

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