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Cinnamon Bloss, PhD

 Cinnamon Bloss, PhD

Cinnamon Bloss is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Division of Health Policy within the Department Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment as a policy analyst at the J. Craig Venter Institute and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Bloss' current research focuses on the individual and societal impacts of emerging biomedical technologies. Her background is in clinical psychology, statistical genetics, genomic medicine, biomedical ethics and health policy. She has conducted both candidate-gene and genome-wide association studies of neurocognitive phenotypes, as well as empirical work on biomedical ethics topics in the areas of genetic testing, genome sequencing, and wireless sensors.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Bloss was director of social sciences and bioethics at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, where she was a member of the Scripps Clinical and Translational Science Award Executive Committee. Bloss has previously been the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health/NHGRI R21 grant to study consumer psychological and behavioral response to direct-to-consumer genomic testing. From this work, she published a seminal article in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented invited testimony based on the findings before a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel to inform consumer genomics policy. She has been a co­investigator on several previously funded National Institutes of Health grants and has published more than 50 papers since earning her doctorate. Bloss has mentored more than 20 students, ranging from high school learners to postdoctoral fellows.