Akua Amankwaah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 951-552-8458
E-mail: aamankwaah@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Sciences Campus, H 143
Office Hours: By Appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Nutrition Science Purdue University, W Lafayette, IN 2017
M.S. Nutrition Science Bowling Green University, Ohio 2010
B.S. Nutrition and Food Sciences University of Ghana, Legon, Accra 2002
  • Courses Taught

    Intro to Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS 101)
    Agriculture, Nutrition and International Development (NFS 480)
    Community Nutrition (NFS 310 and HSC 505)
    Nutritional Assessment (NFS 460)
    Experimental Foods (NFS 210)

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Research Interests
    - Dietary macronutrients intake effect on indices of cardio-metabolic health
    - Physical activity effect on body composition and cardio-metabolic health
    - Obesity prevention
    - Pre-diabetes and Type-2-Diabetes
    - Exploring technological approach for objective assessment of dietary intake

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Research Publications and Presentations
    Peer-reviewed
    Amankwaah AF, Hudson J, Kim JE, Campbell WW. Reductions in whole-body fat mass but not increases in lean mass predict changes in cardiometabolic health indices with exercise training among weight stable adults. Nutrition Research, 2018 (In press).

    Amankwaah AF, Sayer RD, Wright AJ, Chen N, McCrory MA, Campbell WW. Effects of Higher Dietary Protein and Fiber Intakes at Breakfast on Postprandial Glucose, Insulin, and 24-h Interstitial Glucose in Overweight Adults. Nutrients. 2017;9(4):352.

    Dhillon J, Craig BA, Leidy HJ, Amankwaah AF, Anguah KO, Jacobs A, Jones BL, Keeler CL, Keller CEM, McCrory MA, Rivera RL, Slebodnik MLS, Mattes RD, Tucker RM. The effects of increased protein intake on fullness: A meta-analysis and its limitations. JAND. Accepted 8 Jan 2016.

    Sayer R, Amankwaah AF, Tamer GG, Chen N, Wright AJ, Tregellas JR, Cornier M, Kareken DA, Talavage TM, McCrory MA, Campbell WW. Effects of Dietary Protein and Fiber at Breakfast on Appetite, ad Libitum Energy Intake at Lunch, and Neural Responses to Visual Food Stimuli in Overweight Adults. Nutrients, 2016. 8(1): p. 21.

    Campbell WW. Kim JE, Amankwaah AF, Gordon SL, Weinheimer-Haus EM. Higher total protein intake and change in total protein intake impact body composition, but not metabolic syndrome indices in middle-aged overweight and obese adults who performed resistance and aerobic exercise for 36 weeks. J. Nutr. 2015. doi:10.3945/jn.115.213595

    Farooq M, Fontana JM, Boateng AF, McCrory MA, Sazonov E. A comparative study of food intake detection using artificial neural network and support vector machine, Proceedings of 12th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications, pp. 153-157, 2013, Miami, FL, USA.

    Scientific Presentations
    International Meetings:
    McCrory MA, Amankwaah AF, Sazonov E. Associations of carbohydrate quality (CQ) with daily interstitial glucose patterns in community-dwelling individuals: a pilot study. Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Dietary Intakes Measurements, Imperial College London, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom, Sept 17, 2018.

    National Meetings:
    November 2018. Presenter at 2018 American Journal of Public Health National Annual Meeting & Expo. November 10-14, San Diego. Amankwaah AF. Oral presentation title: Reductions in whole-body fat mass but not increases in lean mass predict changes in cardiometabolic health indices with exercise training among weight stable adults.

    March 2016. Presenter at 2016 American Society for Nutrition National Meeting. March 27-31, San Diego. Amankwaah AF. Poster presentation title: Effects of higher dietary protein and fiber intake at breakfast on indices of glucose control in overweight, adults.

    March 2016. Presenter at 2016 American Society for Nutrition National Meeting. March 27-31, San Diego. Amankwaah AF. Poster presentation title: Body composition changes with exercise predict changes in cardio-metabolic health indices in weight-stable adults.

    March 2015. Presenter at 2015 American Society for Nutrition National Meeting. March 27-31, Boston. Amankwaah AF. Oral presentation title: Higher total protein intake during exercise training improves body composition but not indices of metabolic syndrome.

    March 2015. Presenter at 2015 American Society for Nutrition National Meeting. March 27-31, Boston. McCrory MA and Amankwaah AF. Poster presentation title: Associations of dietary carbohydrate quality with daily interstitial glucose patterns in community-dwelling individuals: A pilot study.

    July 2010. Presenter at 2010 IFT 70th Annual Meeting. July 17-20. Chicago, Illinois. Boateng AF, Poster presentation title: Comparison of the ultrastructure of fresh, hard-to-cook (HTC), and reversed-HTC cowpea seeds using SEM.

    Regional Meetings:
    Amankwaah AF, Kim JE, Campbell WW. 2016. Body composition changes in weight-stable overweight/obese middle-aged adults who performed exercise training for 36 weeks impact cardio-metabolic health indexes.
    Interdepartmental Nutrition Program Poster presentation / Dept. Nutrition Science, Purdue University, W Lafayette, IN

    Amankwaah AF, Jung Eun Kim, Eileen M. Weinheimer-Haus, Elsa M. Janle, Wayne W. Campbell. 2015. Higher total protein intake during exercise training improves body composition but not indices of metabolic syndrome. Indiana Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases 1st Annual Symposium poster competition, Indiana University School of Medicine.

    Amankwaah AF, McCrory MA. 2014. Associations of dietary carbohydrate quality (CQ) with daily interstitial glucose patterns in free-living individuals: a pilot study. INP Poster Presentations / Dept of Nutrition Science and the Ingestive Behavior Research Center, Purdue UniversityW. Lafayette, IN

    Boateng, AF, Sazonov, ES., McCrory, MA. 2012. Objective monitoring of eating frequency (EF) and dietary quality (DQ) in free-living subjects: A pilot study. INP Poster Presentations / Dept of Nutrition Science and the Ingestive Behavior Research Center, Purdue UniversityW. Lafayette, IN

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Apostolic Church International, USA

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Arlanza Elementary Health Fair

  • Personal Philosophy

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
    “Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.” Colossians 3:23