What are Susan’s credentials?

Susan Peirce Thompson earned her BA in Cognitive Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1997, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She received a full scholarship to attend graduate school at the University of Rochester, and earned her Master’s in 2001 and her Ph.D. in 2003, both in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. After earning her doctorate, she completed two years of postdoctoral training in Psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.


Susan’s first professorship was a two-year appointment in the Psychology Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. In 2007, she accepted a position at Monroe Community College where she was a psychology professor for nine years, ultimately earning tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor. She taught courses in Positive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Introductory Psychology, and The Psychology of Eating, Body Image, and Wellness. In 2011, she received the NISOD Excellence Award, a prestigious honor bestowed annually on select professors in the United States for their outstanding contributions and leadership.
In 2015, Dr. Thompson helped found the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to conduct and disseminate research on the science of effective and sustainable weight loss. Shortly after Dr. Thompson founded Bright Line Eating Solutions in 2014, it became clear that supporting people in Bright Line Eating would ultimately require her full-time attention. In August of 2016, she resigned from her professorship at MCC to devote all her time to her family, and to growing and spreading the Bright Line Eating movement.

Susan was recently appointed to be an Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester.