Cynthia A. Munro, Ph.D., ABBP(CN), is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University, she earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and then an NIH-sponsored fellowship titled, “Clinical Research Training in Psychiatry,” also at the University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified by the American Association of Professional Psychology in clinical neuropsychology. She has served on various NIH scientific review committees, and served as a consultant to the DSM-5neurocognitive disorders workgroup. She currently consults to the National Football League Players’ Association’s dementia care benefit plan (Plan 88) and is an editorial board member of International Psychogeriatrics.
Dr. Munro conducts neuropsychological examinations through the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, where she assesses patients with cognitive and other neuropsychiatric disorders. She also has a specialty clinic for patients with Klinefelter (XXY) syndrome. Her overarching research goal is to discover and implement novel approaches to reduce the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders. Among the most well-established risk factors for many disorders is biological sex; accordingly, her work examines sex differences in various brain disorders, with a primary focus on progressive neurodegenerative disorders. She is particularly interested in how stress appears to hasten the onset of cognitive impairment and progression of dementia differentially in women compared to men. Her work thus focuses on factors (genetic, behavioral, personality, etc.) that influence the physiological response to stress. Although stress cannot be avoided, the way that individuals respond to stress is modifiable. Dr. Munro hopes that her work will inform interventions that will delay and even prevent dementia by targeting the way individuals respond to stressful events.