Cynthia E. Muñoz, PhD, MPH
Cynthia E. Muñoz, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC (the University of Southern California) in Los Angeles, where she provides clinical care to children, youth and families with diabetes through the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDM) Embedded Psychology Program and the CHLA Behavioral Health Center.
A licensed psychologist who is bilingual and serves patients in both English and Spanish, Dr. Muñoz co-developed a psychoeducational and skills-based program, TEEN POWER, for adolescents with insulin-treated diabetes, their siblings and their caregivers. TEEN POWER is now offered through the CHLA Behavioral Health Center and the CEDM and targets a diverse population, including adolescents in the foster care system. Dr. Muñoz’s research interests focus on the individual and family-related emotional and behavioral obstacles to adherence to diabetes management plans, with the goal of reduced severity of emotional and behavioral risks, reduced caregiver stress and improved adherence.
Dr. Muñoz has served as the president of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Community Leadership Board (CLB) in Los Angeles since 2016, and previously chaired the local Advocacy Committee from 2014 to 2016 and the local Safe at School Subcommittee from 2014 to 2015. She is actively involved in the ADA’s new Mental Health Provider Education Program, launched in 2017 with the American Psychological Association to increase the number of mental health professionals who are trained and knowledgeable about the unique challenges faced by people with diabetes.
Dr. Muñoz earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, and Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology at Loma Linda University.