Cynthia L. Arfken (aa3572)

University Information

Title: Professor
Unit: Psychiatry
Department: School of Medicine

Contact Information

3901 Chrysler Drive, Ste 1B, Rm 156
Detroit, 48201

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

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Office Address:

Tolan Park
3901 Chrysler Drive
Ste 1B, Rm 156
Detroit, 48201

Office Phone:

Fax: 313-577-8823


Dr. Arfken is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. Her training include a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and a postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol research from the University of California in Berkeley. Prior to completing her doctorate, she was a research associate in economics at Yale University. 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). In addition to research on substance abuse epidemiology and mental health services, she is the epidemiologist and vice chair of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board.


Education Training:

B.A. Economics, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI, 1977
M. Phil. Epidemiology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1982
Ph.D. Epidemiology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1985


Postgraduate Training
Post Graduate Alcohol Abuse, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1986

Clinical/Research Interests:
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health services, specifically telehealth
Cynthia L. Arfken

Translational Neuroscience Program

Title: Professor

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Research Interests:
  • Interested in the fields of substance abuse health services and emerging trends with part of my efforts reserved as epidemiologist and biostatistician for the division. My expertise includes biostatistics, epidemiology and health services.


    Behavioral Health




    Research design and statistics.

    Key Collaborators

    Alireza Amirsadri and Mark Greenwald

Cynthia L. Arfken

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