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Cynthia Burnson

Cynthia Burnson

Senior Researcher

Cynthia Burnson joined NCCD in 2018 as a researcher. Prior to joining NCCD, Cynthia was with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, where she studied postpartum depression treatment in Wisconsin home visiting programs, infant and family mental health, and the assessment of parent-child relationships. She received her PhD in human development and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied resilience processes in young children of incarcerated parents and quantitative methods. Before receiving her PhD, she taught preschool for 10 years.

Cynthia has worked on a wide range of research and outreach projects, including studying self-regulation in children born preterm, a compassionate and mindful parenting intervention, the efficacy of Sesame Street toolkit materials in promoting positive jail visitation between young children and their parent, marital quality in families with a child with autism, postpartum depression treatment programs, young children experiencing homelessness, and reading programs geared toward low-income preschoolers. Throughout all her work, Cynthia has carried her passion to promote the well-being of children within systems that impact their development: family, school, community, and policy.

Pronouns: she, her

Recent publications by Cynthia:

Cynthia Burnson, PhD
One day, while sitting in the home of a mother with a young boy, I asked if her son had witnessed his father’s arrest. She told me that her family was on a walk when several police cars drove up and surrounded them. Right in front of the family, police officers arrested her husband for violating parole, while her son kept asking where and why they