Scripps Translational Science Institute
Scripps Clinic Medical Group
Division of Neurology
A genomics scientist as well as a licensed clinical psychologist, Cinnamon Bloss, Ph.D., is a lead investigator of the Scripps Genomic Health Initiative (SGHI) and the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health/NHGRI-funded R21 grant to investigate individuals’ behavioral and psychological responses to disclosure of genomic risk information for common, complex diseases. These studies reflects her strong interest in improving scientific understanding about the impact of predictive genomic testing and risk-disclosure on healthy individuals, families and patients.
Her other research interests include developing ways of combining genomics with traditional disease risk factors to make predictions about disease development, progression and response to treatment, as well as designing effective health interventions that leverage genomic information. She also conducts genetic association studies and has many collaborations investigating the genetic underpinnings of neurological, behavioral, and other health-related phenotypes.
After receiving a B.A. degree in psychology from Smith College, she was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego and San Diego State University (SDSU). She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Florida. In 2005, she received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award for SDSU’s Department of Psychology.
Cinnamon completed a post-doctoral fellowship in statistical genetics and genomic medicine at TSRI before joining STSI in 2008. Soon after her appointment to a research position at STSI, she received a Scripps Clinical Research Development Award grant to identify biomarkers of cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease. At STSI, she directs the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) Program.
As a clinical psychologist, she has worked with adults and children with a wide range of neurological, developmental and psychiatric conditions. While continuing her research at STSI, this year she will join the Scripps Clinic Medical Group Division of Neurology as a staff neuropsychologist.