Wayne State University
Cynthia Arfken, Ph.D.

Cynthia Arfken, Ph.D.




3901 Chrysler Drive, Ste 1B, Rm 156


Cynthia Arfken, Ph.D.

Dr. Arfken is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. She received her Ph.D. in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol research from the University of California in Berkeley. Before moving to Wayne State University, she was on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, in the division of Biostatistics and then in the Center for Health Behavior Research (Internal Medicine). Her research expertise is on alcohol and drug abuse epidemiology and health services research. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple NIH and foundation grants. As an epidemiologist, she was selected to monitor trends in drug use for the Detroit metropolitan area as part of a national sentinel system (Community Epidemiology Work Group) on the emergence of new drugs, new methods of administration, and new use by demographic groups. Locally, she has been active in the Detroit Wayne County Drug Surveillance Group since its formation.

Area of Expertise

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services.


Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences


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