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Life Transitions and Weight Control

Cynthia A. Thomson, PhD, RD, FAND


Dr. Cynthia Thomson is a doctoral trained nutrition scientist and registered dietitian nutritionist who leads a     focused research program in lifestyle behaviors and cancer survivorship. She received her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV and earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She is a Professor in the College of Public Health and holds joint appointments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences & the College of Medicine.
She is the  Director of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona’s Mel and  Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health – a center established to develop, implement and impact lifestyles for  health promotion in Southern Arizona.
Her research focus includes the implementation of dietary intervention trials in breast and ovarian cancer survivors as well as overweight women. She has published over 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has provided consultation, clinical support and outreach service for numerous diet and obesity efforts.