Cynthia A. Standley, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She received her PhD in Physiology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and has more than 20 years’ experience teaching physiology to medical and health professional students. In addition to an active research career in the area of hypertension in pregnancy, her work has focused on innovations in medical education. She previously chaired the Curriculum Committee at UA COM-Phoenix for 8 years. She founded the Art in Medicine program at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and has partnered with the Phoenix Art Museum to provide arts education to medical students with the goal of improving patient care as well as medical student wellness. She is certified through the QPR Institute as an Instructor to teach suicide awareness and prevention. She has received funding from the BHHS Legacy Foundation and the Arizona Commission on the Arts for the development of a Creativity in Elder Care program to train medical and health professional students in how to use the arts to enhance quality of life in older adults. Most recently, she completed the Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artist Program at ASU Gammage and is trained in the Kennedy Center arts integration method.
Cynthia’s superpower: Creative innovation