Cynthia Salter, PhD, MPH

  • Research Manager

Dr. Salter earned her PhD in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and her Master’s of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Bloomberg School of Public Health).  Dr. Salter, who has served as residency research manager since 2017 and joined our faculty in 2021, also is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.   At the Family Medicine residency, she teaches Population Health, mentoring residents in the Scholarly Activity Rotation, and working with residents on their required Quality Improvement projects through the Longitudinal Outpatient Practice Improvement Rotation (LOPIR). 

A public health professional with 20 years of experience, Dr. Salter served as director of Pittsburgh’s Birth Circle Community-Based Doula Program, a grass-roots non-profit working to improve maternal outcomes among underserved mothers in the Pittsburgh area, before joining the residency and the University of Pittsburgh.  During her time with the Birth Circle, Dr. Salter and her team were awarded one of six national grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop community-based doula services as a strategy to improve maternal health outcomes. 

Prior to her work with the Birth Circle Dr. Salter was a senior researcher/writer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication programs, a global leader in developing innovative communication programs for community-based public health efforts around the world.   During her time with the center, Dr. Salter wrote for the former Population Reports, a globally distributed journal focusing on reproductive health, family planning and related global health topics.  Dr. Salter’s current research focuses on community-based initiatives and maternal health. She also serves as the Interim Director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Global Health.

Dr. Salter is a member of the American Public Health Association.  Outside her community-based health work and academic teaching, Dr. Salter is a creative non-fiction writer, and she enjoys gardening, travel and running.