Vivian_Pijuan-ThompsonVivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., has been elected as president-elect of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT). In this role, she will serve as the president of ASCT Foundation. She will take over as president-elect in April at the conclusion of the group’s annual meeting.

Pijuan-Thompson is the director and associate professor of the Cytology program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently the Region 4 Director for ASCT covering nine states and Puerto Rico. She is also an active member of the American Society of Cytopathology, American Society for Clinical Pathology and the Cytology Association of Alabama.

She is an avid supporter of expanding the cytotechnologists’ scope of practice to integrate molecular diagnostics and new technologies. Pijuan-Thompson has developed courses in Molecular Diagnostics for the Cytotechnology program students and online continuing education modules for Cytotechnology professionals.

She began her career as a Cytotechnologist for Quality Laboratory Association, Inc. in Hollywood, Fla. and held Cytotechnologist positions at National Health Laboratories, Inc. and SmithKline Bioscience, both in Fla. Pijuan-Thompson has served as faculty for the Cytotechnology program in the School of Health Professions since 1997 and has held the position of program director since 2005.