Cynthia A. Gómez

PhD, Professor at SFSU, Founding Director of the Health Equity Institute

Cynthia A. Gómez, PhD, is the founding director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University.

She previously served as co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California at San Francisco and has been a leading scientist in HIV prevention research since 1991. Her work has focused primarily on gender, culture and sexual health, on the development of prevention interventions, and on the translation of science to community practice.

Gómez earned a master's degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. Prior to her work in HIV, Gómez spent 12 years working in community health settings, including five as director of a child and family mental health center in Boston.

Gómez has been a health policy advisor for nearly 20 years. She was an appointed member to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under both WJ Clinton and GW Bush administrations. In 2007 she was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the first California Public Health Advisory Council. Over the years she has served on several national advisory committees including the Centers for Disease Control's HIV and STD Advisory Council; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Advisory Committee on Women's Services; and the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Prisoners and Research. She is a member and past chair of the board of directors of the Guttmacher Institute and serves on several other boards of directors including Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, and the San Francisco Public Health Foundation.

Dr. Gomez is a member of CHARM's Advisory Group. As a member of the Advisory Group, Dr. Gomez will provide guidance on strategic planning, and advise on achieving the broadest possible reach for CHARM's work.

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