Silver Lumsdaine MS, MPH
Born and reared on the Central Coast of California, Silver completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at U.C. Santa Barbara. She worked for many years in education both on the Central Coast and in Marin County before returning to graduate school for her master’s degrees in Public Health and Nutritional Sciences at University of Michigan. For her master’s thesis, Silver researched the gut microbiome as a mediator of links between psychosocial stress and obesity in low-income children.
At University of Michigan’s Center for Managing Chronic Disease (CMCD), Silver managed communications projects for the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED), a top rated non-profit patient advocacy group. She also completed projects for San Francisco International Airport, evaluating their employee wellness program, and for Iodine, a San Francisco-based health startup, designing their social media outreach strategy and creating user-focused marketing content. Silver also wrote and edited public-facing science stories for MiSciWriters while facilitating the acquisition of science communication skills by early career scientists.
Most recently as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Silver was based at the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) in Washington D.C. At OSG, she worked on physical activity- and nutrition-related collaborations between NCI and OSG and drafted and presented policy and subject matter briefs to the Surgeon General and staff. At NCI, she was the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch’s (HCIRB) communications liaison and participated in branch projects in public health, behavioral medicine, and cancer prevention.
A lifelong competitive runner, Silver trains with and races for the San Francisco-based Impala Racing Team. When she’s not working or running, Silver likes to spend time with her brother (a family practice physician) and two adorable young nephews (not physicians, but cute nonetheless) on the Central Coast or her large extended family in southern California. She loves to travel (ask her about hitchhiking through Ireland and Scotland) and will animatedly discuss topics including U.S. food policy, the gut microbiome, psychoneuroimmunology, and Beyoncé with equal enthusiasm.