Cynthia Dormer

Degree: Ph.D., R.D.


Department: Nutrition

Cynthia Dormer


Eating Disorders Health and Wellness Nutrition


  • Nutrition
  • Wellness
  • Wellness Goal Setting and Motivation
  • Weight Management
  • Weight Inclusive Approaches
  • Weight Bias
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Healthy Eating
  • Body Image
  • College Student Success


Cynthia Dormer, Ph.D., R.D., is a professor in the Department of Nutrition at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her areas of expertise include nutrition education, nutrition counseling, online and classroom course design, basic nutrition, and health promotion. She teaches Body Image: Concepts & Approach and Nutrition Education & Counsel. Her career is focused on weight-inclusive approaches, weight management, body image, nutrition, goal-setting, wellness, and college student success.  

In addition to teaching, Dormer is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the president of Brightside Co. Inc. She is the author of publications such as “Effects of College Classroom Goal-Setting Activities on Autonomous Motivation, Competence, Relatedness, and Achievement of Goals” and “Developing Technologies to Support People to Develop Healthy Eating Routines,” both featured in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  

Before joining MSU Denver, Dormer served as an assistant scientist at the AMC Cancer Research Center. 

Dormer earned a doctorate in Philosophy with a focus in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University.  

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