Alex Kojo Anderson
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
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. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we begun a new project as part of a consortium to develop and use technology for dietary assessment in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of this Gates Foundation funded project is to validate passive technologies for the passive dietary assessment. For more information, see the Maternal and Child Nutrition Laboratory.
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".
Prior Professional Positions
|Organization||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|
|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|
|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|
Lead a Service-Learning program to Ghana with UGA students, and serve as an advisor to the Athens Area Breastfeeding Coalition.
Areas of Expertise
Community and International Nutrition
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Provost International Travel Award||Office of the Provost, The University of Georgia||2018|
|Acknowledged for contributing to the career development of UGA students||Career Development Center, The University of Georgia||2012-2018|
|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|
Jack Houston, Helena Huguley and Alex Kojo Anderson (2017) Nutrition and Women’s Empowerment for Human Capital Development in Mali. In Africans and Globalization Linguistics, Literary, and Technological Contents and Discontents; Editors: A. Ojo, K. Traore, and O. Longe; Publisher: Lexington Books https://rowman.com/
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
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.
As part of the Innovative Passive Dietary Monitoring System Project, I will be conducting both formative and validation studies using various passive technologies for dietary assessemnt in both rural and urban Ghana.
My job description include teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses, advising both undergraduate and graduate students, directing Study Abroad Program, and conducting research.
Reicks M, Davey C, Anderson AK, Banna J, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Jones B, Richards R, Topham G, and Wong SS. Frequency of Eating alone is Associated with Adolescent Dietary Intake, Perceived Food-Related Parenting Practices and Weight Status: Cross-Sectional FLASHE Study Results. Public Health Nutrition (In press)
Robinson A, Lauckner C, Davis M, Hall J, and Anderson AK. It Takes an E-Village: Supporting Black Mothers in Sustaining Breastfeeding through Facebook Communities. Journal of Human Lactation (In press)
Roberts SB, Das SK, Marques Miguel Suen V, Pihlajamaki J, Kuriyan R, Steiner-Asiedu M, Taetzsch A, Anderson AK, Silver RE, Barger K, Kraus A, Karhunen L, Zhang X, Hambly C, Schwab U, de Toledo Triffoni-Melo A, Fassini PG, Taylor SF, Economos C, Kurpad AV, and Speakman JR. Measured Energy Content of Frequently Purchased Restaurant Meals: Multi-Country Cross Sectional Study. BMJ 2018; 363:k4864.
Anderson AK, Powell A, Johnson E, Ansong R, and Steiner-Asiedu M. Nutritional and Health Risk of Women of Child-bearing Age in Urban Ghana. J Obes Nutr Disord: JOND-133. DOI: 10.29011/2577-2244. 100033
Anderson AK, Johnson E, Motoyasu N, and Bignell WE. Awareness of Breastfeeding Laws and Provisions of Students and Employees of Institutions of Higher Learning in Georgia. Journal of Human Lactaiton 2018; doi: 10.1177/0890334418801536
Tandoh M, Mills-Robertson F, Wilson WD, and Anderson AK. The Disparities of Sanitary Conditions/Habits and Helminthiasis Prevalence between School-Age-Children Living in Fishing and Farming Communities in Ghana: A Cross Sectional Study. J Infec Dis Treat. 2018, Vol. 4 No. 2:1.
Salm Ward TC, Kanu FA, and Anderson AK. Trends and Factors Associated with Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep Practices in Georgia. Journal of Community Health DOI 10.1007/s10900-017-0442-4 https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10900-017-0442-4.pdf
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.
Gunther C, Reicks M, Banna J, Suzuki A, Topham G, Richards R, Jones B, Lora K, Anderson AK, da Silva V, Penicks C, Hopkins LC, Cluskey M, Hongu N, Monroe-Lord L, and Wong SS. Food Parenting Practices that Influence Early Adolescents’ Food Choices during Independent Eating Occasions: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (submitted)
Robinson A, Lauckner C, Davis M, Hall J, and Anderson AK. Facebook Support for Breastfeeding Mothers: A Comparison to Offline Support and Association with Breastfeeding Outcomes. Digital Health Journal (submitted)