Mary Kate Tompkins

Graduate Student

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Research interests include cognitive and affective influences on decision making and applications of behavioral decision research to improve individuals' health and financial outcomes. I study the roles of objective and subjective numeracy in judgment and decision processes, as well as ways to improve individuals' numeric competencies. I also examine the influence of affective arousal on individuals' comprehension of health risk information over time.


Tompkins, M. K., Bjalkebring, P., & Peters, E. (in press). Emotional aspects of risk perceptions. In Martina Raue, Eva Lermer & Bernhard Streicher, Psychological Aspects of Risk and Risk Analysis: Theory, Models, and Applications. New York: Springer.

Peters, E., Shoots-Reinhard, B., Tompkins, M. K., Schley, D., Meilleur, L., Sinayev, A., Tusler, M., Wagner, L., & Crocker, J. (2017). Improving numeracy through values affirmation enhances decision and STEM outcomes. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180674

Evans, A., Peters, E., Shoben, A., Meilleur, L., Klein, E., Tompkins, M. K., & Tusler, M. (2017). Cigarette graphic warning labels increase both risk perceptions and smoking myth endorsement. Psychology & Health. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1310864

Romer, D., Ferguson, S., Strasser, A. A., Evans. A. T., Tompkins, M. K., Macisco, J., Fardal, M., Tusler, M., & Peters, E. (2017). Effects of pictorial warning labels for cigarettes and quit-efficacy on emotional responses, smoking satisfaction, and cigarette consumption. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-017-9916-y

Evans, A., Peters, E., Shoben, A., Meilleur, L., Klein, E., Tompkins, M. K., Romer, D., & Tusler, M. (2016). Cigarette graphic warning labels are not created equal: They can increase or decrease smokers’ quit intentions relative to text-only warnings. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Peters, E., Meilleur, L., Tompkins, M. K. (2014). Numeracy and the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and challenges. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Numeracy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

 Papers in review

Lazaroff, S., Meara, A., Tompkins, M. K., Peters, E., & Ardoin, S. (in review). How Do Health Literacy, Numeric Competencies, and Patient Activation Relate to Transition Readiness in Adolescents and Young Adults with Rheumatic Diseases?

Peters, E., Shoots-Reinhard, B., Evans, A. T., Shoben, A., Meilleur, L., Klein, E., Tompkins, M. K., Romer, D., & Tusler, M. (in review). Pictorial warning labels and memory for cigarette health-risk information over time.

Peters, E., Tompkins, M. K., Meilleur, L., & Bjalkebring, P. (in review). Numeric competencies in health: Integrative review and future research opportunities.

Tompkins, M. K., Peters, E., & Knoll, M. (in review). Is it what I know or what I think I know? Objective and subjective numeracy both predict financial outcomes.

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