Cynthia Perry, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C.

Cindy Perry

Program Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program & Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road, SN-5N
Portland, Ore. 97239

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BA - Anthropology Northwestern University
MSN - Yale School of Nursing
PhD - Oregon Health & Science University


My research focuses on physical activity promotion as an avenue to addressing health disparities. Other areas of research interests include childhood obesity and built and social cultural environment and its influences on physical activity. I use community-based participatory research approach in my research.

Research Funding

R03 CA197657 NCI (Perry) 7/2015-6/2017
Fuerte y Sanas Adaptation of an Exercise and Nutrition Program for Rural Latinas
Role: PI

U48DP005006-01, CDC (Winters-Stone &Shannon) 9/2014-9/2019
Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative
Role: Co-I

Innovations Grant, (Perry) 2/2016-2/2017
Preliminary work for Implementation of an Exercise Program for Breast Cancer Survivors
Role: PI

1R01HS023940-01, AHRQ (Cohen) 4/2016- 4/2019
Evaluating System Change to Advance Learning and Take Evidence to Scale (ESCALATES)
Role: Mixed Methods Researcher


I have practiced as a family nurse in a variety of settings, including rural health. Currently, I practice at the OHSU anticoagulation clinic.

Publications (selected)

Umstattd Meyer M. R., Perry C. K., Sumrall J., Patterson M., Walsh S. M., Clendennen S. L., Hooker S. P., Evenson K. R., Goins K. V., Heinrich K., O'Hara Tompkins N., Eyler A. A., Jones S., Tabak R., &Valko C. (2016). Physical activity-related policy and environmental strategies to prevent obesity in rural communities: A systematic review of the literature, 2002-2013. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13(E03). doi: 10.5888/pcd13.150406.

Koczwara, B, Birken, SA, Perry, CK, Cragun, D, Zullig, LL, Ginnosar, T, Nodora, J, Chawla, N, Ramanadhan, S, Kerner, J, Brownson, RC (In Press) How context matters- a dissemination and implementation primer for global oncologists. Journal of Global Oncology.

Perry, CK, Nagel, C;Ko, LK, Duggan, C, Linde, S;Rodriguez, EA, Thompson, B (2015) Active Living Environment Assessments in Four Rural Latino Communities.Preventive Medicine Reports, doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.09.001.

Perry, CK, Herting, JR, Berke, EM, Nguyen, HQ, Moudon, AV, Beresford, SAA, Ockene, JK, Manson, JE, LaCroix, AZ. (2013). Does neighborhood walkability moderate the effects of intrapersonal characteristics on amount of walking in post-menopausal women? Health & Place, 21(39-45), DOI:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.12.007.

Nguyen, H.Q., Herting, J.R., Kohen, R., Perry C.K., LaCroix, A., Adams-Campbell, L., Beresford, S.A. (2013) Recreational Physical Activity in Postmenopausal Women is Stable Over 8-Years of Follow-Up. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Jul;10(5):656-68. Epub 2012 Sep 18.

Perry, C.K., Garside, H., Morones, S. & Hayman, L.L. (2012) Adolescent Physical Activity Interventions: An Ecological Perspective. Journal of Primary Prevention, 33(2-3), 111-35.

Perry, C.K., Saelens, B.E. & Thompson, B. (2011) Intrapersonal, behavioral, and environmental factors associated with meeting recommended physical activity among rural Latino youth. Pediatric Exercise Science, 23(4), 521-36.

Agmon M., Perry C.K., Phelan E., Demiris G., Nguyen H.Q. (2011). A pilot study of Wii Fit to improve balance in older adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 34(4), 161-7.

Perry, C.K., & Butterworth, S.W. (2011). Commitment strength in motivational interviewing and movement in exercise stage of change in women. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23 (9), 509-14.

Perry, C.K., Saelens, B.E., & Thompson, B. (2011). Rural Latino youth park use: characteristics, park amenities, and physical activity. Journal of Community Health. 36, 389-397. doi: 10.1007/s10900-010-9320-z.

Perry, C.K., & Weatherby, K. (2011). Feasibility of an intergenerational Tai Chi program, a community-based participatory research project. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 14, 1-16.

Steinman, L., Doescher, M., Levinger, D., Perry, C., Carter, L., Eyler, A.A., . . . Voorhees, C. (2010). Master plans for pedestrian & bicycle transportation: community characteristics. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7 (Suppl 1), S60-S66.

Perry, C.K., & Hoffman, B. (2010). Assessing tribal youth physical activity and programming using a community-based participatory research approach. Public Health Nursing, 27(2), 104–114. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00833.x.

Perry, C.K., Rosenfeld, A.G., & Kendall, J. (2008). Rural women walking for health. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30(3), 295-316. doi: 10.1177/0193945907303036.

Perry, C.K., Rosenfeld, A.G., Bennett, J.A., & Potempa, K. (2007). Heart–to–Heart: Promoting walking in rural women through motivational interviewing and group support. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 22(4), 304-312.

Perry, C.K., & Bennett, J. (2006). Heart disease prevention in women: Promoting exercise. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 12, 568-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2006.00182.x.

Perry, C.K,. & Rosenfeld, A.G. (2005). Learning through connections with others: Women’s cardiac symptoms. Patient Education and Counseling, 57, 143-146. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2004.04.005.