Cynthia Cannon Poindexter has been a human services practitioner since 1975 and in the HIV field since 1987. She was the first social work at the first AIDS Service Organization in South Carolina. She has taught graduate social workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Boston University, and Fordham University, where she is currently Associate Professor.
Areas of concentration are human services management and supervision, human rights, and HIV policy and practice. She has consulted with 7 AIDS local and state service programs in Boston and Chicago. She has been a trainer for the S.C. AIDS Training Network, the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center, the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center, the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, the NASW HIV Spectrum Project, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health HIV Division, and the HIV/AIDS Service Administration of New York City. She has received 11 HIV-related research grants and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has written over 50 HIV-related published peer-reviewed articles, chapters, essays, or reviews.