Skip to main content


Cynthia Y. Yoon

Cynthia Y. Yoon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Number: 104 GAR
Phone: 713.743.9840
Fax: 713.743.9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

Research Interests

My research is centered on social behavioral epidemiology, in particular the epidemiology of obesity. The overarching goal of my research is to reduce obesity by preventing maladaptive eating and encouraging adaptive eating. I am primarily interested in improving these behaviors by identifying psychosocial risk and protective factors that will be translated into interventions. My current research focus is on examining the impact of adverse and traumatic life experiences, including childhood abuse and neglect, household dysfunction, interpersonal violence, and other forms of violence on maladaptive and adaptive eating.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Emery RL, Yoon C, Mason SM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Childhood maltreatment and disordered eating attitudes and behaviors in adult men and women: Findings from project EAT. Appetite. 2021 Aug 1;163:105224. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105224. Epub 2021 Mar 23.

Yoon C, Simone M, Mason S, Neumark-Sztainer D. A single summative global scale of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors: Findings from Project EAT, a 15-year longitudinal population-based study. Eat Behav. 2020 Dec;39:101418. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2020.101418. Epub 2020 Aug 17.

Yoon C, Mason SM, Hooper L, Eisenberg ME, Neumark-Sztainer D. Disordered Eating Behaviors and 15-year Trajectories in Body Mass Index: Findings From Project Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults (EAT). J Adolesc Health. 2020 Feb;66(2):181-188. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.08.012. Epub 2019 Oct 18.

Yoon C, Jacobs DR Jr, Duprez DA, Neumark-Sztainer D, Steffen LM, Mason SM. Problematic eating behaviors and attitudes predict long-term incident metabolic syndrome and diabetes: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Int J Eat Disord. 2019 Mar;52(3):304-308. doi: 10.1002/eat.23020. Epub 2019 Jan 12.

Yoon C, Jacobs DR Jr., Duprez DA, Dutton G, Lewis CE, Neumark-Sztainer D, Steffen LM, West DS, Mason SM. Questionnaire-based problematic relationship to eating and food is associated with 25 year boy mass index trajectories during midlife: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Int Eat Disord. 2018 Jan; 51 (1) 10:17. Doi: 10.1002/eat.22813. Epub 2017 Dec 7

Yoon CY, Steffen LM, Gross MD, Launer LJ, Odegaard A, Reiner A, Sanchez O, Yaffe K, Sidney S, Jacobs DR Jr.Circulating Cellular Adhesion Molecules and Cognitive Function: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2017 May 24;4:37. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2017.00037. eCollection 2017.


B.S. in Dietetics at Iowa State University, 2007

M.S/R.D in Public Health Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Ph.D in Epidemiology and Community Health at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2017

NIH/NIDDK T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training fellowship program at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2018-2021