Cynthia A. Warren, PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Research Chef's Association's Culinology® program

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Cynthia A. Warren, PhD

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Cynthia A. Warren, PhD is an Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition Sciences at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She has extensive experience working in diverse learning environments promoting nutritious foods to children and thier parents and families. As the Project Coordinator for the U SDA-FNS funded Whole Grain Pilot Projects (Phase I and II), she developed and implemented studies on whole grains in the National School Lunch Program to increase their consumption in 42 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. For a USDA-NIFA funded project, Dr. Warren developed single concept training videos in English and Spanish designed to decrease foodborne illness and allergic reactions to foods in independently owned restaurants. In addition, Dr. Warren has provided expertise on nutrition prevention measures for low-income, low-literacy individuals utilized in a cancer genomics training program for Texas Health Educators funded by a TX CPRIT grant. Her current research focuses on nutrition and food literacy in Head Start schools in Tarrant county using food group books based on MyPlate developed by Dr. Warren and her doctoral student. Dr. Warren serves as  the Director of the Research Chef’s Association’s Culinology® program at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, one of nineteen programs globally.


Ph.D., Food Science and Technology, Texas A&M University System : College Station, College Station, Texas
M.S., Nutrition, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
B.S., Nutritional Science - Dietetics track, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
B.S., Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station , TX
B.S., Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Research Interests

Food and Nutrition Literacy; Community Nutrition Education Research and Programming

Latest Articles

College Campus Food Pantry Program Evaluation: What Barriers Do Students Face to Access On-Campus Food Pantries?
Nutrients (Online) (2022)
F. Brito-Silva, W. Wang, C. Moore, C. Warren, K Davis

The Effect of Upcycled Brewers' Spent Grain on Consumer Acceptance and Predictors of Overall Liking in Muffins.
Journal of Food Quality (Print) (2022)
Shannon Combest, Cynthia Warren

Dichos & Diabetes: Literary devices used by Mexican-Origin males to share their perspectives on Type 2 diabetes and health
Journal of Latinos and Education (2021)
Antonio Miranda, Claudia Sanchez, David O. Garcia, Cynthia Warren

Health and Type 2 diabetes perspectives of at-risk, Mexican origin males (HD-MxOm): a qualitative study
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2020)
Antonio Miranda, David O. Garcia, Claudia Sanchez, Cynthia Warren

Parent preferences for text messages containing infant feeding advice
mHealth (2019)
Cassandra Brown, Kathleen Davis, Nusrath Habiba, Marilyn Massey-Stokes, Cynthia Warren

Perceptions of College Students in Consuming Whole Grain Foods Made with Brewers' Spent Grain
Food Science & Nutrition (Online) (2018)
Shannon Combest, Cynthia Warren

Addressing nutritional literacy in preschool learning environments
Journal of Family Studies (2017)
Cynthia Warren

Gently guiding young children to eat their broccoli
Childhood Education (2017)
Cynthia Warren

Development of Food Group Books for 3-and 4-year olds
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (2017)
Jessica Barnes, Cynthia Warren

Barriers and advantages to student participation in the School Breakfast Program based on the Social Ecological Model: a review of the literature
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (2016)
Stephanie Lopez-Neyman, Cynthia Warren

Testing of educational materials to increase visual exposure of MyPlate foods in preschoolers
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (2015)
Jessica Barnes, Cynthia Warren

Externally Funded Projects

Healthy Start to Healthy Lifestyles ($196,216.)
Texas Health and Human Services Commission | 2023
Role: Co-Investigator

Head Start to Healthy Lifestyles with SNAP-Ed
Texas Health and Human Services | $196,216.00 | 2022
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Head Start to Healthy Lifestyles with SNAP Ed
Texas Health and Human Services | $223,493.00 | 2021
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Ironox Multifresh
Teaching and Research Grant for Equipment and Technology | $16,150.00 | 2019
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Food Technology
  • Research Chefs Association
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior