Cynthia L. Van Riper, MS, RD, CSP, LMNT

Cindy Van RiperCynthia L. Van Riper, MS, RD, CSP, LMNT
Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 681980-5450

Phone: (402) 559-5740

Professional Summary:

Cindy Van Riper is an instructor at Munroe Meyer Institute and also an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. She is Board Certified in Pediatric Nutrition through the Commission on Dietetic Registration, American Dietetic Registration. For over 35 years, she has worked in the area of child health and pediatrics. Since joining MMI in 1987, she has focused on the nutrition concerns of children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. She provides nutrition services through MMI interdisciplinary team clinics, e.g., cerebral palsy, craniofacial, midline, pediatric neuromuscular clinics, and within the pediatric feeding disorders program.


BS Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI, 1971
MS Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 1973

Courses Taught:

HLTH 1050 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle, Metropolitan Community College

Research Interests and Projects:

Ms. Van Riper’s projects have focused on reducing health disparities and developing a more diverse health care work force. Recent projects include:

Designing, Maintaining, and Evaluating a Family Support Access Expansion Center for Vulnerable African American Families in the Tidewater Region of Virginia. October 2010 – Sept 2015. Funded through the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families). Members of MMI staff are working with Hampton University, one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Virginia, to provide training and support for Hampton’s effort in this project.

Since 2006, Ms. Van Riper has served on the Douglas County Health Department Baby Blossoms Collaborative to reduce fetal and infant mortality in Douglas County. She also participates on the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) committee.

Principal Investigator for MMI Diabetes Quality Improvement Project funded through the Nebraska Department of Health Diabetes Control Program, 2003-2008.

Consultant to the National Urban League and the Urban League of Nebraska, Inc., for “Life Every Voice” – Diabetes Education Programs for minority communities funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1999 through 2005.

Selected Publications: (within the last 5 years)

  • Van Riper, CL. Practical Strategies to Enhance Nutrient and Energy Densities of Oral Feedings for Children with Special Needs. Nutrition Focus 25 (2):1-6 & Supp.1-3. March-April 2010. (online publication)
  • Van Riper CL, Wallace LS. Position of the American Dietetic Association: Providing Nutrition Services for People with Developmental Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs. J Am Diet Assoc. 110:296-307, 2010.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Behavioral Health Nutrition – a dietetic practice group
  • Nebraska Dietetic Association
  • Omaha District Dietetic Association
  • Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group