Cynthia A Thomson, PhD, RD

Cancer Prevention and Control Program co-Leader
Shared Resource co-Director, Behavioral Measurement and Interventions
Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Research Member
  • Professor, Public Health

    Director, Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion

    Distinguished Professor

    Professor, Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program

    Professor, Medicine

    Professor, BIO5 Institute

    Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource


Dr. Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RDN leads a multidisciplinary research program in cancer prevention research with a focus on lifestyle behavior (diet, physical activity and tobacco) and cancer prevention and survivorship. Her translational research program integrates novel interventions including mobile health technologies and delivery systems, as well as behavioral theory and cancer-relevant biomarker research to advance understanding of optimal health behaviors to improve health after a cancer diagnosis. Her research predominantly focuses on obesity-related cancers, including breast, ovarian and colorectal cancer. She has published over 200 cancer-related peer-reviewed manuscripts and books chapters, thus building the evidence for nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention and survivorship.

Cancer Focus

obesity-related cancer, cancer survivorship, healthy lifestyles, novel behavior interventions