Yale University

Cynthia X. Shi, M.Sc.

  • Predoctoral Fellow, CIRA


Cynthia X. Shi is a predoctoral fellow in CIRA's NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program and a PhD student in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She earned her BA in Neuroscience & Behavior and Sociology from Columbia University and her MSc in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her master's thesis examined HIV stigma and risk perception among adults presenting for HIV testing in Durban, South Africa. While at Harvard, she served as a research assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital on studies assessing the use of point-of-care diagnostics for HIV, TB, and cryptococcal meningitis in South Africa. Since 2012, Cynthia has also been a research associate at the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). Her research in China has included working as the study coordinator for an NIH-funded study titled "Testing and Linkage to HIV Care in China: a Cluster Randomized Trial" (NIDA CTN 056) and co-authoring publications on nationwide studies of HIV and Hepatitis C epidemiology.

Broadly, Cynthia is interested in improving HIV testing coverage and linkage to care through novel diagnostic strategies. Her methodological research interests are implementation science, causal inference, and network analysis. For her dissertation, Cynthia is leading a study to evaluate different program models for HIV contact tracing and partner notification services in China. Her CIRA mentor and thesis advisor is Professor Sten Vermund.