Yale University

Cynthia X. Shi, M.Sc.

  • PhD Candidate, Yale School of Public Health
  • Former Predoctoral Fellow, CIRA


Cynthia X. Shi is a former predoctoral fellow in CIRA's NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program. She is a current PhD candidate in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health with an expected 2020 graduation. Broadly, her research addresses HIV testing coverage and linkage to care for marginalized and hard-to-reach populations. Ms. Shi seeks to use implementation science approaches to improve HIV intervention uptake and adaptation in resource-limited settings.

For her dissertation, Ms. Shi is leading a multi-site study in China to evaluate different program models for HIV testing and partner notification services. This mixed methods research aims to identify structural and social factors associated with delays to HIV testing among women. Ms. Shi is supported by dissertation fellowships from the National Institute of Mental Health (F31 MH118984), the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the P.E.O. Foundation. Her CIRA mentor and thesis advisor is Professor Sten Vermund.

Prior to attending Yale, Ms. Shi 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. Since 2012, she has been a research associate at the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). From 2013-2015, 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.

For a full list of publications, see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/cynthia.shi.1/bibliography/public/