Yale University

Cynthia X. Shi, Sc.M

  • 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 B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior and Sociology from Columbia University and her S.M. 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 novel point-of-care diagnostics for HIV, TB, and cryptococcal meningitis in South Africa. Since 2012, Cynthia has also been a research assistant 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 HIV and Hepatitis C epidemiology among methadone maintenance treatment clients. At Yale, her doctoral research will focus on the evaluation of diagnostic strategies for HIV and HIV-related comorbidities in resource-limited settings. Her methodological research interests are causal inference, spatial analysis, and implementation science. Her CIRA mentor is Dr. Ted Cohen