Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA

Cynthia Vinson
Senior Adviser for Implementation Science

Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA is a Senior Adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Vinson works on building and sustaining the field of implementation science in order to enhance the integration of evidence-based guidelines, programs, and policies for cancer control in public health and clinical practice. Dr. Vinson is currently the Chair for the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP) Exit Disclaimer. She is responsible for working both within NCI and with other agencies and organizations at the international, national, state and local level to translate research funded by DCCPS into practice.

Dr. Vinson came to the DCCPS as a Presidential Management Fellow and spent three years rotating in various office across NCI including science planning, legislation and communication. Prior to working at NCI, Dr. Vinson was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon where she served as a health educator. Dr. Vinson was also previously a supervisor at the Kern County Department of Human Services in California.

Dr. Vinson holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration and Health Policy from George Washington University, a master in public administration/international development from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a bachelors in political science from California State University, Bakersfield.

Select Publications


  • Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) research training
  • D&I tools for researchers and practitioners’ Designing for D&I
  • Domestic and international cancer control planning and implementation
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine uptake; User-centered design