Cynthia Burton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry


Dr. Burton earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a focus in neuropsychology. She completed her clinical internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. She joined the University of Michigan faculty as a Clinical Lecturer in the fall of 2018. She has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2016.

Broadly, her research and clinical interests include recovery-oriented cognitive rehabilitation interventions for people with mental health conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. More specifically, Dr. Burton’s research focuses on treatments to improve cognition and everyday functioning among these individuals (for example, compensatory strategy training or brain stimulation), and identifying factors that may affect cognitive treatment adherence or outcome. Ultimately, her goal is to develop effective cognitive treatments to enable those with mental health conditions to live the life they choose.