Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA

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Senior Advisor For Implementation Science

Cynthia A. Vinson, Ph.D., M.P.A., is a senior advisor 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). She currently works on building and sustaining the field of implementation science to enhance the integration of evidence-based guidelines, programs, and policies for cancer control in public health and clinical practice. Dr. Vinson leads the Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science (CCIS) which seeks to develop a new approach for the field to work together to address key challenges and identify and develop new areas of investigation toward advancing the IS agenda in cancer control. Dr. Vinson also co-leads NCI’s Implementation Science Centers in Cancer Control (ISC3) which supports the rapid development, testing, and refinement of innovative approaches to implement a range of evidence-based cancer control interventions.  

As a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership she is responsible for working within NCI and with other agencies and organizations to translate research funded by DCCPS into practice.

She has helped launch many of the IS Team’s current initiatives, including Evidence-Based Cancer Control Programs (EBCCP) and SPeeding Research INTerventions, and many funding opportunities, conferences and trainings.

Dr. Vinson has a doctorate in public administration and health policy from George Washington University, and a master’s in public administration and international development from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Select Publications

  • Percy-Laurry A, Adsul P, Uy A, Vinson C. Improving Evidence-Based Program Repositories: Introducing the Evidence-Based Cancer Control Programs (EBCCP) Web Repository. American Journal of Health Promotion. April 8, 2021
  • Oh A, Vinson CA, Chambers D. Future directions for implementation science at the National Cancer Institute: implementation science centers in cancer control. Transl Behav Med. 2020 Mar 7;ibaa018,
  • White A, Sabatino S, Vinson CA, Chambers C, White M. The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN): advancing public health and implementation science. Prev Med.2019;129(suppl):105824. doi:1016/j.ypmed.2019.105824.
  • Vinson CA, Clyne M, Cardoza N, Emmons, K. Building capacity: a cross-sectional evaluation of the US Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Implement Sci.2019;14(97). doi:1186/s13012-019-0947-6.
  • Gaysynsky A, Vinson CA, Oh A. Development and evaluation of the SPeeding Research-tested INTerventions (SPRINT) training program. Transl Behav Med.2019 Jul 22;ibz099. doi:1093/tbm/ibz099.
  • Ratcliff CG, Vinson CA, Milbury K, Badr H. Moving family interventions into the real world: what matters to oncology stakeholders. Psychosoc Oncol. 2019;37(2):264-284. doi:
  • Vinson CA, Staples C, Shafir S, Given L, Miller N. Collaborating to conquer cancer: the role of partnerships in comprehensive cancer control. Cancer Causes Control.2018;29:1173-1180. doi:10.1007/s10552-018-1118-9.
  • Chambers DA, Vinson CA, Norton WE, eds. Advancing the Science of Implementation Across the Cancer Continuum. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2018.
  • Given LS, Hohman K, Kostelecky B, Vinson C. Cancer control planning: self-assessment for pre-planning, development, implementation and evaluation of national cancer control plans. Cancer Causes Control (2018) 29: 1297.
  • Hayes NS, Hohman K, Vinson C, and Pratt-Chapman M.  Comprehensive cancer control in the U.S.: summarizing twenty years of progress and looking ahead.  Cancer Causes Control (2018) 29: 1305. 


  • Implementation science training
  • Designing for dissemination & implementation
  • Cancer control planning and implementation
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine uptake
  • Sustaining coalitions
Last Updated
May 30, 2024