Cindy Swann, MS, RD, CDE

DPD Director
Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences

Cindy Swann has been teaching at PLNU since 2002, and in the dietetics field for 30 years. She has directed an accredited dietetic internship, and is now responsible for the accreditation of the undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics at PLNU. She maintains her clinical expertise by working per diem as an outpatient dietetic counselor, specializing in diabetes education. On campus, she is the advisor to the Student Dietetic Association club and serves on the Wellness Committee.


  • M.S., Nutrition Sciences, San Diego State University
  • B.S., Home Economics and Nutrition, State University College at Buffalo, NY

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Food – FCS 110
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition – FCS 225
  • Introduction to Family and Consumer Science Research – FCS 250
  • Nutrition Research though the Lifecycle – FCS 335
  •  Advanced Nutrition – FCS 365
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy – FCS 415
  •  Medical Nutrition Therapy Practicum – FCS 417
  • Food Science – FCS 455
  • Child Nutrition – FCS 425

Experience in Field

  • Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Outpatient and Diabetes Educator, Scripps Healthcare
  • Director of an Accredited Dietetic Internship, 1993 – 2001                

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Education Council Committee member, California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Advisor, PLNU's Student Dietetic Association
  • Mentoring Chairperson for California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - San Diego chapter; Hosts the CAND-SD Career Fair, 2006 – present
  • Nominating Committee, California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Awards and Honors

  • Awarded Outstanding Dietetic Educator by California Dietetic Association, March 2011

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • March 2012 CA-AAFCS conference – What is Pre-Diabetes?
  • Honors Project: Eating to Feel Something: Disordered Eating Attitudes and Behaviors Predicted by Relationship Attachment Styles. Cho, L., Flint, D. and Swann, C.