Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educational Innovation; Associate Professor
(614) 292-4179

346 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210




Research Interest 

Cindy Anderson’s research is focused on the study of hypertension in pregnancy and the influence that the maternal pregnant environment has on future development of hypertension in offspring. Recent investigation is targeted towards gene-environment interactions that increase heritable risk for preeclampsia, including the study of disrupted gene function due to changes in DNA methylation. The findings of her research have the potential to significantly improve health outcomes of women and their children through early screening and identification of individuals at risk for preeclampsia across the lifespan.


Funded Research Grants (most recent 5 years - 2012-2017)

HRSA, Nurse Faculty Loan Program [HRSA-17-066]. (PD: Anderson). July 2017-June 2018; July 2016-June 2017; July 2015-June 2016; July 2014-June 2015


HRSA, Primary Care Training and Enhancement, August 2016-July 2021, Expanding, Enhancing and Enriching the Primary Care Workforce through Clinical Transformation Education.. (PI Post, D.; Welker, MJ; Graham, M.C; Role: co-investigator)


NIH, National Institute for Nursing Research (1R21HD092770-01) September 2017-Aug 2019, DNA methyomic profiling of preeclampsia across pregnancy. (PI, Mandy Schmella; Role, Consultant)


Nursing Research Grant, September 1, 2016 –August 31, 2017, American Nurses Foundation/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

DNA methylation markers of preterm birth risk among asymptomatic African American women (PI, Shannon Gillespie; Role, Mentor)


Nursing Research Grant, September 1, 2016 – February 28,2018, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science/Partners (CANS)

DNA methylation markers of preterm birth risk among asymptomatic African American women. (PI, Shannon Gillespie; Role, Mentor)


National Institutes of Health. [1F31NR016623-01] September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018, Cognitive Risk Mapping in Low Birthweight Children (PI, Lisa Blair; Role: Sponsor)


2013, 1P20GM104360-01, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).  Center of Excellence in Epigenetics/Epigenomics of Development and Disease (PI Vaughn).  


2014, COBRE Epigenomics Jumpstart Pilot Grant, “Pregnancy outcomes and DNA methylation patterns in maternal and fetal tissue”, (PI J. Ralph, Role: Co-investigator)


2014, COBRE Epigenomics Jumpstart Pilot Grant, “Epigenomic gestational responsiveness to vitamin D”, (PI J. Ralph, Role: Co-investigator)


2014, COBRE Epigenomics Jumpstart Pilot Grant, “DNA methylation patterns as a biomarker of heart disease, (PI J. Ralph, Role: Co-investigator)


Selected Publications


Braun C & Anderson CM. (2017). Applied Pathophysiology: A Conceptual Approach to the Mechanisms of Disease (formerly titled Pathophysiology: A Clinical Approach), 3rd ed., LWW Wolters Kluwer: Baltimore, MD. ISBN-9781496335869.


Braun C & Anderson CM. (2017). Study Guide to Accompany Applied Pathophysiology: A Conceptual Approach to the Mechanisms of Disease (formerly titled Pathophysiology: A Clinical Approach), 3rd ed., LWW Wolters Kluwer: Baltimore, MD.


Book Chapters

King TL, Davidson MR, Avery MD, & Anderson CM.  (2015).  Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy: Placental, fetal and maternal adaptations (Chapter 20).  In "Varney's Midwifery", 5th ed., Jones & Bartlett: Burlington, MA. ISBN-13:9781284025415 


Anderson CM & Avery MD.  (2015).  Anatomy and physiology during labor and birth (Chapter 25).  In "Varney's Midwifery", 5th ed., Jones & Bartlett: Burlington, MA. ISBN-13:9781284025415 


Anderson CM & Avery MD.  (2013).  The physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth (Chapter 2, p 13-28).  In "Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth: A Practical Guide", Avery M. D. (Ed).  Wiley Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ. ISBN: 978-0-470-96286-2



Anderson CM Amar AF.  (2017). Commentary on "Overview of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program" by Campbell J, Ladden MJ, McBride AB, Cimino A, Lostas-Polston, E & Deming K.  Nursing Outlook.  (Invited).  Published online January 16, 2017


Published Policy Papers

American Academy of Nursing Genomic Nursing and Health Care and Maternal Infant Health Expert Panels. Starkweather A, Coleman B, Barcelona de Mendoza V, Fu M, Taylor J, Kenner C, Walker D, Amankwaa L, Anderson CM. Policy Brief: Improve coverage of newborn genetic screening to include the recommended uniform screening panel and newborn screening registry. pii: S0029-6554(17)30248-8. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.04.009. [Epub ahead of print: May 8, 2017]


Published Manuscripts

Anderson CM, Schmella M. (2017). Preeclampsia: Current Approaches to Nursing Management. American Journal of Nursing. In Press


Conn VS, Anderson CM, Killion C, Bowers B, Wyman JF, Herrick LM, Zerwic JJ, Smith CE, Cohen MZ, Benefield LE, Topp R, Fahrenwald NL, Titler M, Larson JL, Varty MM, Jefferson UT. (August, 2017). Launching Successful Beginnings for Early Career Faculty Researchers. West J Nurs Res. 2017 Aug 1:193945917725999. doi: 10.1177/0193945917725999. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28831849.


Thiele DK, Ralph J, El-Masri M, Anderson CM. (2017) Vitamin D3 supplementation during pregnancy and lactation improves vitamin D status of the mother-infant dyad. JOGNN, 46(1), 135-147. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.02.016.


Conn VS, Jefferson U, Cohen MZ, Anderson CM, Killion CM, Fahrenwald NL, Benefield LE, Titler M, Topp R, Smith CE, Loya J. (June, 2016). Strategies to Build Authorship Competence Among PhD Students. West J Nurs Res. pii: 0193945916651588. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27272158.


Blair LM, Pickler RH, Anderson CM. (March 2016). Integrative Review of Genetic Factors Influencing Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Preterm Infants. Biological Research for Nursing, 18(2), 127-137. doi: 10.1177/1099800415605379. Epub 2015 Sep 15


Thiele DK, Anderson CM. (Jan/Feb 2016). Developmental origins of health and disease: A challenge for nursing. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 31, 42-46. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.10.020. Epub 2015 Dec 2


Conn VS, Zerwic J, Jefferson U, Anderson CM, Killion CM, Smith CE, Cohen MZ, Fahrenwald NL, Herrick L, Topp R, Benefield LZ & Loya J. (2016, Feb). Normalizing rejection. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(2), 137-154. epub ahead of print June 3 2015, , doi: 10.1177/0193945915589538


Conley YP, Heitkemper M, McCarthy D, Anderson CM, Corwin EJ, Daack-Hirsch S, Dorsey SG, Gregory KE, Groer MW, Hamilton N, Landers T, Lyon DE, Taylor JY, Voss J. (July/Aug 2015). Educating future nursing scientists: recommendations for integrating omics content in PhD programs. Nursing Outlook, 63(4), 417-427.


Anderson CM, Ralph JL, Johnson L, Scheett A, Wright ML, Taylor JY, Ohm JE, Uthus E.  (2015).  First trimester vitamin D status and placental epigenomics among Northern Plains primigravidas with preeclampsia.  Life Sciences., 129, 10-15  Published online July 19, 2014.  DOI: 10.1016/j.lfs.2014.07.012


Conn V., Ward S., Herrick L., Topp R., Alexander GL, Anderson CM, Smith CE, Benefield LE, Given G., Titler M., Larson J., Fahrenwald NL, Cohen MZ, Georgesen, SE.  (2015).  Managing opportunities and challenges of co-authorship.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(2), 134-163.. First published on April 29, 2014 as doi:10.1177/0193945914532722


Anderson CM, Ralph JL, Wright ML, Uthus E., Linggi B, Ohm JE. (2014). DNA methylation as biomarker for heritable preeclampsia.  Biological Research for Nursing, 16(4), 409-420.  Published online before print October 28, 2013.  DOI: 10.1177/1099800413508645


Best LG, Anderson CM, Falcon G, Martin C, Almoguera Castillo B, Saxena R, Keplin K, Pearson N, Keating BJ.  (Sept 6, 2013) IBC CARe microarray allelic population prevalences in an American Indian population.  PLoS1, 8(9), e75080.


Tande D, Ralph JL, Scheett AJ, Johnson L, Anderson CM.  (2013).  First trimester dietary intake, biochemical measures and subsequent pregnancy-induced hypertension among nulliparous women.  Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health (doi:10.1111/jmwb.12007).


Best LG, Saxena R, Anderson CM, Barnes M.R., Hakonarson H., Falcon G, Martin C, Almoguera Castillo B, Karumanchi, A., Keplin K, Pearson N, Lamb F, Bercier S, Keating BJ.  (August, 2013).  Two variants of the C-reactive protein gene are associated with risk of pre-eclampsia in an American Indian population.  PLoS1, 8(8), e71231, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071231


Wright ML, Ralph JL, Ohm JE & Anderson CM.  (2013, August).  DNA methylation in complex disease: applications in nursing research, practice and policy.  Nursing Outlook, 61(4), 235-241.  (invited as an abstract of distinction from the 2012 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. (


Conn VS, Zerwic J, Rawl S, Wyman JF, Larson JL, Anderson CM, Fahrenwald NL, Benefield LE, Cohen MZ, Smith CE, Topp R & Markis NE.  (2013).  Strategies for a successful PhD program: Words of wisdom from the WJNR Editorial Board.  Western Journal of Nursing Research. Published online June 23, 2013, DOI:10.1177/0193945913492144.


Vari P, Peterson H, Vogeltanz-Holm N, Olson G,  Anderson CM, Holm J, Peterson H, Henly S.  (2013). Community breastfeeding attitudes and beliefs. Health Care for Women International, 34, 592-606.  DOI:10.1080/07399332.2012.655391 (


Thiele, DK., Senti, JL., Anderson, CM.  (2013, May).  The adequacy of breastmilk to meet infant vitamin D requirements: A systematic review.  Journal for Human Lactation, 29(2), 163-170. DOI: 10.1177/0890334413477916).


Dahlen, HG., Kennedy, H., Anderson, CM., Bell, A., Clark, A., Foureur, M., Ohm, J., Shearman, A., Taylor, J., Wright, M., & Downe, S. (2013).  The EPIIC Hypothesis: Intrapartum effects on the neonatal epigenome and consequent health outcomes. Medical Hypotheses, 80(5), 656-662.


Chase JD., Topp R, Smith CE, Cohen N., Fahrenwald N, Zerwic JJ, Benefield LE, Anderson CM, Conn VS.  (2013).  Time management strategies for research productivity.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(2), 155-176.  DOI:10.1177/0193945912451163.


Taylor JY, Sampson DA, Anderson CM, Caldwell D, Taylor A.  (2012).  Effects of parity on blood pressure among West African Dogon women.  Ethnicity and Disease, 22(3), 360-366.


Senti J, Thiele DK, Anderson CM.  (2012).  Maternal vitamin D as a critical determinant in gestational diabetes.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), 41(3), 328-338.


Best L, Davis K, Bercier S, Anderson CM.  (2012).  Genetic variants, immune function and pre-eclampsia among American Indians.  American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 67(2), 152-159.  Epub ahead of print 2011, doi: 10,1111/.1600-0897.2011.01076.x


Best LG, Nadeau M, Bercier S, Dauphinais S, Davis J, Davis K, Poitra S, Anderson CM.  (2012). Genetic variants, endothelial function and risk of pre-eclampsia among American Indians.  Hypertension in Pregnancy, 31(1), 1-10.Epub ahead of print Dec 21, 2010.  PMID 21174581


Ralph JL, Hoverson BS, Scheett AJ, Von Ah D & Anderson CM.  (2011).  Diet assessment methods: A guide for oncology nurses.  Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 15(6), E114-E121.


Anderson CM & Johnson WT.  (2010).  Maternal copper deficiency perpetuates altered vascular function across two generations of Sprague-Dawley rats.  Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 1(2), 131-140.  doi:10.1017/S2040174410000085;  Published online February 22, 2010.


Best LG, Dorsam ST, Nadeau M, Burd L, Anderson CM. (2009). Genetic thrombophilia variants and risk for preeclampsia among American Indians.  Hypertension in Pregnancy, 28(1), 85-94.


Anderson CM, Lopez F, Zimmer A, Johnson L.  (2009).  Placental insufficiency: programming of leptin secretion and postnatal growth in two generations of Sprague-Dawley rats.  Biological Research in Nursing, 10(3), 284-291.


Johnson W. T., Anderson, C. M.  (2008). Cardiac cytochrome c oxidase activity and contents of subunits 1 and 4 are altered in offspring by low prenatal copper intake by rat dams.  Journal of Nutrition, 138, 1269-1273.


Anderson CM. (2007).  Preeclampsia: Exposing future cardiovascular risk in mothers and their children.  Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 36 (1), 3-8.


Anderson CM, Lopez F, Zhang H, Shirasawa Y, Pavlish K & Benoit JN.  (2006).  Mesenteric vascular hyperresponsiveness in a rat model of pregnancy-induced hypertension.  Experimental Biology and Medicine, 231, 1398-1402.


Anderson CM, Lopez F, Zimmer A, & Benoit JN. (2006).  Placental insufficiency leads to developmental hypertension and mesenteric artery dysfunction in two generations of  Sprague-Dawley rat offspring.  Biology of Reproduction, 74, 538-544


Anderson CM, Lopez F, Zhang H, Pavlish K, and Benoit J N.  (2005).  Characterization of changes in leptin and leptin receptors in a rat model of preeclampsia.  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 193, 267-272.


Anderson CM, Lopez F, Zhang H, Pavlish K, and Benoit J N. (2005).  Reduced Utero-Placental Perfusion Alters Uterine Arcuate Artery Function in the Pregnant Sprague-Dawley Rat. Biol Reprod, 72; 762-766.


Anderson, CM & Ren, J.  (2002).  Leptin, leptin resistance and endothelial dysfunction in preeclampsia.  Cellular and Molecular Biology, 48, online, OL323-OL329.


Anderson, C. M.  (1999).  Achieving breastfeeding success: Simple solutions to common concerns. Advances for Nurse Practitioners, 7(11), 67-69


O’Keefe, T. D., Henly, S. J., & Anderson, C. M.  (1998). Breast-feeding on campus: Personal experiences, beliefs and attitudes of the university community.  Journal of American College Health, 47, (3), 129-134.


Henly, S. J., Anderson, C. M., Avery, M. D., Hills-Bonczyk, S. G., Potter, S., & Duckett, L. J. (1995). Anemia and insufficient milk in first time mothers, Birth, 22(2), 87-92.


Honors and Recognition

Fellow, National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education


Fellow, American Academy of Nursing


Fellow, National Academies of Practice Distinguished Scholar


Fellow, American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research


Fellow, Academic Leadership Development, Big 10 Academic Alliance (2017-2018)


President and Provost’s Leadership Institute (PPLI) at The Ohio State University


Genomics T32 External Advisory Committee member, University of Pittsburgh, 2016-2021


Preeclampsia Foundation; Member, Medical Advisory Board


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program ember, National Advisory Committee, 2016-present


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Award Program

  • Scholar 2008-2011
  • Member, National Advisory Committee 2013-2016
  • National Mentor 2014-2017


UND Foundation/B.C. Gamble Faculty Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity and Service, February 2012