Dr. Cindy Lyon began her career at the dental school in 2001, when she was asked to create a dental hygiene program on the University's main campus in Stockton, California. Lyon was instrumental in developing the innovative curriculum and obtaining accreditation for the nation's only three-year baccalaureate dental hygiene program. She has chaired the Department of Diagnostic Sciences (formerly the Department of Dental Practice and Community Service) at the dental school in San Francisco since 2007.
Lyon earned her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from the University of Southern California in 1978 and her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of the Pacific in 1986. In 2009, she earned her doctorate in education from Pacific's Benerd School of Education. Prior to joining the dental school, Lyon, with her husband John Muller '85, owned and operated a private practice and worked for a private practice management firm. She was also the founding director of the Calaveras County Children's Dental Program, a grant-funded school-based care program.
In addition to her responsibilities at the dental school, Lyon has served the California Dental Association in a number of ways, including as Chair of the CDA Foundation and a member of the Foundation's CDA Cares steering committee. She is the recipient of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Charles Craig Teaching Award and is a fellow of the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute and Drexel University's Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. In 2016, Lyon was selected as the first James R. Pride, DDS and Carolyn L. Pride Endowed Chair for Practice Management.