Cindy Visness, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Cindy Visness, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Cynthia Visness is a Research Scientist at Rho and is currently servicing as the acting PI for the ICAC-SACCC. She has worked on inner-city asthma research at Rho since 1999. Since 2004, Dr. Visness has brought her expertise in reproductive epidemiology to the Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma (URECA) study, a longitudinal birth cohort study studying the development of asthma in high-risk children. She has also supervised three biomarker studies of cockroach allergen immunotherapy. Dr. Visness received her doctoral degree in epidemiology in 2008 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and has coauthored more than 43 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, 9 as first author. Before coming to Rho, Dr. Visness worked for 9 years at FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International), where she was involved in research on a wide variety of topics in contraceptive technology, family planning program evaluation, and STD transmission, including the infertility effects of breastfeeding and postnatal transmission of HIV infection. Dr. Visness is also an accomplished SAS programmer who has experience with many types of data analysis, including mixed models and survival analysis, and has worked with large and population-based datasets.