Cynthia A Thomson, PhD, RDN

Interim Associate Director for Population Science
Shared Resource co-Director, Behavioral Measurement and Interventions
Cancer Prevention and Control Program
  • Interim Associate Director of Population Sciences

    Professor, Public Health

    Director, Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion

    Distinguished Professor

    Professor, Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program

    Professor, Medicine

    Professor, BIO5 Institute

    Professor, Health Promotion Sciences

    Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource


Dr. Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RDN leads a multidisciplinary research program in cancer prevention research focusing on lifestyle behaviors, 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 (breast, ovarian, colorectal cancer) and includes dissemination and implementation science to expand the impact of her evidence-based research. She has published over 200 cancer-related peer-reviewed manuscripts and books chapters building the evidence for nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention and survivorship.

Cancer Focus

Obesity-related cancers, cancer survivorship, healthy lifestyles, novel behavior interventions, dissemination and implementation science.