Cynthia Ogden is an epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overseeing the analysis group within the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Her research interests relate to nutrition, and in particular, growth and obesity. She joined CDC as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and has worked in the Nutrition Division at the New York State Department of Health where she researched obesity among school children in New York counties. She has also worked on nutrition related projects for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and currently teaches at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She earned her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Cornell University where her research focused on social contributions to malnutrition among young children in Kigali, Rwanda.