Alex Kojo Anderson, Ph.D., MPH

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Associate Professor

Address:
100 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-7614

Fax: 706-542-5059

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

FDNS 4050/6050: Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span

FYOS 1001: Sustainability: Infant Feeding

FDNS 4540/6540: Public Health Dietetics

FDNS (EPID) 5040/7040: Nutritional Epidemiology

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Nutritional Sciences University of Connecticut 2005
MPH Epidemiology & Biostatistics University of Connecticut 2005
MPHIL Human Nutrition University of Ghana 2001
BSc Nutrition and Food Science University of Ghana 1998

Research

My research focuses on the nutrition of women and infants, infant and young child feeding, breastfeeding promotion and protection, growth of infants and children, body composition of infants, children and pregnant women, as well as community and international interventions for nutrition and health. I have expertise in both qualitative, quantitative and nutritional research methods. I am currently involved in a multi-site research project evaluating parental practices supporting positive eating behaviors during independent eating occassions among early adolescent children. I am also in the early stages of a collaborative study examining barriers to healthy weight management among women of childbearing age in Ghana. For more information, see the Maternal and Child Nutrition Laboratory.

Current Research

I am evaluating the parental practices that support positive eating behaviors during independent eating occassions of early adolescent children with a multi-site team. In a pending study,

I am examining barriers to healthy weight management among women of childbearing age in Ghana.

Teaching

My regular teaching include:

Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span (FDNS 4050/6050)

Public Health Dietetics (FDNS 4540/6540)

Nutritional Epidemiology (FDNS/EPID 5040/7040)

First Year Odyssey Seminar (FYOS 1001) titled "Sustainability: Infant Feeding".

Outreach

Lead a Service-Learning program to Ghana with UGA students, and serve as an advisor to the Athens Area Breastfeeding Coalition.

Areas of Expertise

Research Methods

Community and International Nutrition

Nutritional Epidemiology

Nutrition Education

Program Evaluation

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Department of Nutritional Science, University of Connecticut Research Assistant 2001-2005
Energy Metabolism Lab, Tufts University Research Assistant 2000-2001
WHO-Multi Growth Reference Study, Ghana Site Field Research Assistant 1998-1999
Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana Teaching Assistant 1998-1999

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Acknowledged for contributing to the career development of UGA students Career Development Center, The University of Georgia 2016
Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award Department of Foods and Nutrition 2016
UGA-OIE Support Fund for 2015 Workshop on Intercultural Skill Enhancement (WISE) Conference (Leardership). Wake Forest University, NC. Office of International Education, The University of Georgia 2015
Acknowledged for contributing to the career development of UGA students! Career Development Center, The University of Georgia 2014
Coca-Cola Travel Grant Award 19th International Congress of Nutrition, BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand 2009
Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award Department of Foods and Nutrition 2007
Faculty Development Fund Award Board on Human Sciences 2007
Post-doctoral Research Award Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) 2005

Journal Articles

Addo P, Adua E, Harrison OA, Baah RO, Anderson AK, and Steiner-Asiedu M. School-Based Nutrition Education Intervention Improves Nutrition Knowledge and Lipid Profile among Overweight/Obese Children. EC Nutrition 2017

Anderson AK. Prevalence of Anemia,Overweight/Obesity, undiagnosed Hypertension and Diabetes among Residents of Selected Communities in Ghana. Internatinal Journal of Chronic Diseases Volume 2017 https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7836019

Anderson AK. What Informs a Woman’s Decision to Breastfeed: Health Benefits or Economic Benefits?. Journal of Food, Nutrition and Population Health. Journal of Food, Nutrition and Population Health 2016; 1:1

Gross TT, Davis M, Anderson AK, Hall J, and Hilyard K. Long-Term Breastfeeding in African American Mothers. Journal of Human Lactation 2017; 33(1):128-139. DOI: 10.1177/0890334416680180

Anderson AK, Whitworth C, Tandoh M. Early infant feeding and body composition in pre-school children. International Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health  2016; 4(1): 16-21. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12974/2311-8687.2016.04.01.2

Anderson AK, Harper KR, Calkin KR, Buffalo JR, Mullis RM. Needs assessment for a childhood obesity intervention program. International Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health 2015; 3(1): 2-9

Armstrong AM, Anderson AK. Breastfeeding Intentions and Practice among Vegetarians in the United States - A Pilot Study. Journal of Nutrition and Health Science 2015; 2(3): 301-307

Nti H, Steiner-Asiedu M, Anderson AK. Percent body fat versus body mass index among Ghanaian adults in different districts. International Journal of Nutrition and Food Science 2014; 3(6): 586-591   doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20140306.25 ISSN: 2327-2694 (Print); ISSN: 2327-2716 (Online)

Gross TT, Powell R, Hall J, Davis MM, Hilyard KM, and Anderson AK. WIC Peer Counselors perceptions of breastfeeding in African-American women with lower incomes. Journal of Human Lactation 2014; DOI: 10.1177/0890334414561061

Steiner-Asiedu M, Agbemafle I, Setorglo J, Danquah AO, and Anderson AK. Carotenoids content of Corchorus olitorius and Solanum macrocarpon – commonly used Ghanaian vegetables. International Food Research Journal. 2014; 21(5): 2063-2067

Klobodu SS, Steiner-Asiedu M, Colecraft E, Anderson AK. Nutritional status of alcoholics in peri-urban areas of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development 2014; 14(3): 8821-8836

Powell R, Davis M, Anderson AK. A qualitative look into mother’s breastfeeding experiences. Journal of Neonatal Nursing 2014

Anderson AK, Bediako-Amoa B, Steiner-Asiedu M. Acceptability of chicken powder in home prepared complementary foods for children in Ghana. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development 2014; 14(2): 1-12. ISSN 1684 5374

Nti H, Otoo GE, Anderson AK, Setorglo J, Steiner-Asiedu M. Knowledge and perception as determinants of obesity in peri-urban and urban districts of Ghana. Journal of Community Nutrition & Health 2013; 2(1): 20-27

Dieumegarde T, Anderson AK. Mothers’ perceptions and responsiveness to malnutrition among HIV-positive and HIV-negative children in Ghana. Journal of Undergraduate Research (JURO) 2013;116-120

Opare J, Ohuabunwo C, Afari E, Wurapa F, Sackey S, Bonsu G, Agongo E, Yevugah J, Odoom J, Anderson A. Progress towards eradication of poliomyelitis in Ghana: A review of the Eastern Region of Ghana from 1997 to 2010. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology 2012; 4(7): 197-204.

Steiner-Asiedu M, Addo P, Bediako-Amoa B, Fiadjoe FYM, Anderson AK. Lifestyle and nutrition profile of overweight and obese school children in the Ga-East District of Ghana. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences 2012; 4(3): 99-104.

Steiner-Asiedu M, Jantuah JE, and Anderson AK. The snacking habits in junior high school students: the nutritional implication-a short report. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences 2012; 4(1): 42-46.

Steiner-Asiedu M, Abu BAZ, Setorglo J, Asiedu DK, and Anderson AK. The impact of irrigation on the nutritional status of children in the Sissala West District of Ghana. Current Research Journal of Social Sciences 2012; 4(2): 86-92

Bignell W, Sullivan E, Andrianos A, and Anderson A.K. Provision of support strategies and services: results from an internet-based survey of community-based breastfeeding counselors. Journal of Human Lactation. 2012; 28: 62-76.

Anderson AK, Bignell WE, and Chakraborty P. Negative effect of industrial produced trans fatty acid (elaidic acid) on pregnancy outcome and early postpartum life. AgroFOOD. 2011; 22(5): 50-52.

Steiner-Asiedu M, Van-Ess SE, Papoe M, Setorglo J, Asiedu DK and Anderson AK. Hand washing practices among school children in Ghana. Current Research Journal of Social Sciences (CRJSS). 2011; 3(4): 293-300.

Sullivan E, Bignell W, Andrianos A, and Anderson, A.K. Impact of education and training on type of care provided by community-based breastfeeding counselors: a cross-sectional study. International Breastfeeding Journa. 2011; 6:12

Chakraborty P, and Anderson AK. Maternal autonomy and low birth weight in India. Journal of Women’s Health. 2011; 20(9), doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2428

Anderson AK, McDougald DM, and Steiner-Asiedu M. Dietary trans fatty acid intake and maternal and infant adiposity. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010; 64, 1308-1315

Chapman DJ, Morel K, Anderson AK, Damio, G, and Perez-Escamilla R. Breastfeeding peer counseling: from efficacy trials through scale-up. Journal of Human Lactation. 2010; 26(3), 314-326.

Anderson AK, Bignell W, Winful S, Soyiri I and Steiner-Asiedu M. Risk factors for malnutrition among children 5-years and younger in the Akuapim-North District in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences (CRJBSS). 2010; 2(3): 183-188.

Charkraborty P and Anderson AK. Predictors of overweight among children under five years of age in India. Current Research Journal of Social Sciences (CRJSS). 2010; 2(3): 138-146

Abu BAZ, Steiner-Asiedu M, Anderson AK and Vuvor F. Relationship between food security and irrigation dams: The case of Sissala West District in Upper West Region of Ghana. Current Research Journal of Social Sciences (CRJSS) 2010; 2(2): 123-127

Adom T, Steiner-Asiedu M, Sakyi-Dawson E and Anderson AK. Effect of fortification of maize with cowpea and iron on growth and anaemia status of children. African Journal of Food Science (AJFS). 2010; 4(4): 136-142

Steiner-Asiedu M, Anderson AK and Asiedu DK. Exposure to Arsenic in drinking water – Public health debates and concerns. Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences (RJEES). 2010; 2 (1): 1-5

Anderson AK, McDougald DM and Steiner-Asiedu M. Dietary trans fatty acid intake and maternal and infant adiposity. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN). 2010; 64: 1308-1315

Chapman DJ, Morel K, Anderson AK, Damio G and Perez-Escamilla R. Breastfeeding peer counseling: From efficacy through scale-up: A critical review. Journal of Human Lactation (JHL). 2010; 26(3): 314-326.

Anderson AK, Bignell W, Buen N, Chakraborty P, and Anderson M. Predictors of weight and adiposity during early infancy: A prospective study. ICAN: Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition (ICAN). 2009; 1 (3):160-169; doi:10.1177/1941406409335080

Anderson AK, Association between infant feeding and early postpartum infant body composition: A pilot prospective study. International Journal of Pediatrics. 2009; doi: 10.1155/2009/648091

Hatsu, I.E., McDougald, D.M.,Anderson, A.K.  Effect of infant feeding on maternal body composition. International Breastfeeding Journal. 2008; 3:18; doi:10.1186/1746-4358-3-18

Anderson AK, Damio G, Chapman DJ and Perez-Escamilla R. Differential Response to an Exclusive Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Intervention: The Role of Ethnicity. Journal of Human Lactation. 2007; 23(1):16-23

Anderson AK, R Perez-Escamilla and Chapman D. (In Reply) Increased Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates Fall Short of Proposed Healthy People 2010 Goals. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2006; 160:323-324

Anderson AK, Damio G, Young S, Chapman DJ, and Perez-Escamilla R. A Randomized Trial Assessing the Efficacy of Peer Counseling on Exclusive Breastfeeding in a Predominantly Latina Low-income Community. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2005;159:839-841

Anderson AK, Himmelgreen DA, Peng YK, Segura-Perez S, Perez-Escamilla R. Social capital and breastfeeding initiation among Puerto Rican women: Protecting infants through human milk: Advancing the scientific evidence. In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 2004; 554: Pg 283-286.

Anderson AK, Damio G, Himmelgreen DA, Peng YK, Segura-Perez S, Perez-Escamilla R. Social capital acculturation, and breastfeeding initiation among Puerto Rican women in the United States. Journal of Human Lactation. 2004; 20(1):39-45.

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Member, International Breastfeeding Journal Since 2008
Editorial Board Member Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences Since 2012
Editorial Board Member Journal of Food, Nutrition and Population Health Since 2016

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
FACS Member, College Faculty Advisory Committee 2015-2017 College
African Studies Institute, University of Georgia Chair, Darl Snyder Annual Lecture 2014 University
International Obesity Consortium, Tufts University Member, International Obesity Consortium 2014-Present International
FDNS, FACS Chair, Community Nutrition and Education Faculty Search Committee 2013 Department
FACS Member, Dean Search Committee, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2007 College
FACS International Education Advisory Committee 2007-Present College
University of Georgia Director, FACS Ghana Summer Service-Learning Program 2006-Present University
University of Georgia Member, Academic Honesty Panel 2017-Present University
FDNS Member, Curriculum Committee 2017-Present Department

Books

Tyra Gross and Alex Kojo Anderson. Balancing the risk and benefits of breastfeeding in the context of HIV In Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture: Controversies and Challenges, 2nd Edition (Chapter 8); Editor: Victoria Hall Moran; ISBN: 9781856424356

Working Papers

Awareness of Breastfeeding Laws and Provisions in Georgia

Serum Vitamin A and Nutritional Status of Children Fed Diet with Palm Oil (Submitted)

Knowledge on Iodated Salt and Iodine Deficiency Disorders among Men (submitted)

Job Description

My job description include teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses, advising both undergraduate and graduate students, directing Study Abroad Program, and conducting research.

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