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Cindy Anderson, PhD, Associate Professor, UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines
Dr. Anderson received her BS in nursing from Salem State College, her master's in Parent/Child Nursing from the University of North Dakota, and her PhD in Physiology from the University of North Dakota.
In 2008, Anderson was one of only 15 junior faculty nationwide to receive an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award. The award will support Anderson’s research to study vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women from the rural, northern plains. In 2010, she was named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the profession’s highest national honor.
Anderson’s research seeks to identify how vitamin D deficiency affects blood vessel development and function in the placenta, the organ that provides oxygen and nourishment to the developing fetus during pregnancy. Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may affect fetal metabolic development and future cardiovascular risk. As vitamin D deficiency is associated with pregnancy-induced hypertension and cardiovascular disease, identification of the way in which vitamin D deficiency affects placental vascular development will provide the basis through which physiologic placental development and function can be restored. She hopes her findings will be used to develop low cost, accessible nutritional and pharmacologic interventions aimed at promoting optimal placental vascular development and reducing cardiovascular risk for mothers and their developing children.
Anderson has been recognized for her teaching excellence. She was selected as the 2005 American Nurse Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Society Scholar and received the New Faculty Scholar Award from the University of North Dakota and the 2008 Harriet Werley New Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Her specialized teaching areas include physiology, pathophysiology, obstetrics, and women’s health.