Alumni Profile: Cynthia Kay Wautlet ’90, MPH’12

Alumni Profile: Cynthia Kay Wautlet ’90, MPH’12
Degree(s): BS Psychology, UW–Madison; MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; MPH, UW–Madison
Current Occupation: Associate Professor, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

What are some of the benefits of your psychology degree?
Understanding theories of human behavior and motivation towards change, contextualizing individual beliefs and behaviors into the personal, familial, social, sexual and cultural circumstances in which we all function.

How did you find your way to your current profession?
Peace Corps service in Kenya motivated me to become a driver to improve health at the personal and societal levels, which led to my further education and career in medicine and public health.

What advice would you give to students graduating with a psychology degree?
Follow your intrinsic motivations and lead a life of service.

If interested, please list an identity or group membership of which you are particularly proud:
First medical doctor in my small town farming family. Lifelong learner.