Cynthia Perry, PhD, FNP-BC

Cynthia Perry is an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon. She holds a PhD in nursing science from OHSU, MSN for family nurse practitioner from Yale, and BA in anthropology from Northwestern. Her research focuses on physical activity promotion across the lifespan as an avenue to reducing health disparities. For over a decade she has been working within rural and Latino communities using community-based participatory research to develop and adapt physical activity interventions that are meaningful and sustainable and has evaluated them with mixed methods analyses. In advancing physical activity promotion research, she works with national multidisciplinary research teams and networks in addition to local communities. More recently, her research has included examining dissemination and implementation of public health programs and clinical interventions. She is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and has practiced as an FNP in various settings including rural Oregon and Alaska. She was named the Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni in 2017. Dr. Perry is a fellow of the American Heart Association.