• Amanda L. Willig, PhD, RD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine. She received an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and minor in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. She then completed her dietetic internship and MS in Nutrition at Virginia Tech University. Dr. Willig earned her PhD in Nutrition Sciences with training in Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her current research focuses on nutrition and physical activity to prevent health disparities in adults with HIV.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2018 Associations of food insecurity and psychosocial measures with diet quality in adults aging with HIV.AIDS Care.  1-9. 2018
    2018 Physical Activity Intensity is Associated with Symptom Distress in the CNICS Cohort.AIDS and Behavior2018
    2018 Practice Paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Intervention and Human Immunodeficiency Virus InfectionJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  118:486-498. 2018
    2018 Racial disparities in the prevalence and control of hypertension among a cohort of HIV-infected patients in the southeastern United States.PLoS ONE.  13:e0194940. 2018
    2017 Monocyte bioenergetic function is associated with body composition in virologically suppressed HIV-infected women.Redox Biology.  12:648-656. 2017
    2017 Associations Between At-Risk Alcohol Use, Substance Use, and Smoking with Lipohypertrophy and Lipoatrophy Among Patients Living with HIV.AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses2017
    2017 Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Affect Metabolic Changes Seen With ART Initiation.Open Forum Infectious Diseases.  4:ofx210. 2017
    2016 Higher Time-Updated Body Mass Index: Association With Improved CD4+ Cell Recovery on HIV Treatment.Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.  73:197-204. 2016
    2016 Metabolic Complications and Glucose Metabolism in HIV Infection: A Review of the Evidence.Current HIV/AIDS Reports.  13:289-296. 2016
    2016 Challenges to Healthy Eating Practices: A Qualitative Study of Non-Hispanic Black Men Living With Diabetes.Diabetes Educator.  42:325-335. 2016
    2016 The Silent Epidemic - Frailty and Aging with HIV.Total Patient Care HIV HCV.  1:6-17. 2016
    2015 Diabetes Connect: African American Women’s Perceptions of the Community Health Worker Model for Diabetes CareJournal of Community Health.  40:905-911. 2015
    2015 Body mass index and early CD4 T-cell recovery among adults initiating antiretroviral therapy in North America, 1998-2010.HIV Medicine.  16:572-577. 2015
    2015 Diabetes Connect: African American Women's Perceptions of the Community Health Worker Model for Diabetes Care.Journal of Community Health.  40:905-911. 2015
    2015 Obesity is associated with race/sex disparities in diabetes and hypertension prevalence, but not cardiovascular disease, among HIV-infected adults.AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.  31:898-904. 2015
    2015 Physical Activity Patterns of Latina Immigrants Living in Alabama.Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  2:365-372. 2015
    2015 Development of a theory-based, peer support intervention to promote weight loss among Latina immigrants.BMC Obesity.  2:17. 2015
    2014 Diabetes connect: African American men's preferences for a community-based diabetes management program.Diabetes Educator.  41:118-126. 2014
    2014 Intuitive eating practices among African-American women living with type 2 diabetes: a qualitative study.Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  114:889-896. 2014
    2014 Body mass index, depression, and condom use among HIV-infected men who have sex with men: a longitudinal moderation analysis.Archives of Sexual Behavior.  43:729-734. 2014
    2014 Metabolic consequences of HIV: pathogenic insights.Current HIV/AIDS Reports.  11:35-44. 2014
    2014 Home-schooled children are thinner, leaner, and report better diets relative to traditionally schooled children.Obesity Research.  22:497-503. 2014
    2012 Multimorbidity patterns in HIV-infected patients: the role of obesity in chronic disease clustering.Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.  61:600-605. 2012
    2012 Genetic admixture, social-behavioural factors and body composition are associated with blood pressure differently by racial-ethnic group among children.Journal of Human Hypertension.  26:98-107. 2012
    2012 Parental feeding practices and socioeconomic status are associated with child adiposity in a multi-ethnic sample of children.Appetite.  58:347-353. 2012
    2012 HIV infection and obesity: where did all the wasting go?Antiviral Therapy.  17:1281-1289. 2012
    2011 Body fat and racial genetic admixture are associated with aerobic fitness levels in a multiethnic pediatric population.Obesity Research.  19:2222-2227. 2011
    2011 Birth weight is associated with body composition in a multiethnic pediatric cohort.Open Obesity Journal.  3:4-8. 2011
    2011 African genetic admixture is associated with body composition and fat distribution in a cross-sectional study of children.International Journal of Obesity.  35:60-65. 2011
    2010 African genetic admixture is associated with body composition and fat distribution in a cross-sectional study of childrenInternational Journal of Obesity2010
    2010 Associations among calcium intake, resting energy expenditure, and body fat in a multiethnic sample of children.Journal of Pediatrics.  157:473-478. 2010
    2010 Adjusting adiposity and body weight measurements for height alters the relationship with blood pressure in children.American Journal of Hypertension.  23:904-910. 2010
    2010 Cost ramifications of increased reporting of detectable plasma HIV-1 RNA levels by the Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 version 1.0 viral load test.Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.  54:442-444. 2010
    2010 The role of European genetic admixture in the etiology of the insulin resistance syndrome in children: are the effects mediated by fat accumulation?Journal of Pediatrics.  157:50-56.e1. 2010
    2009 Uncoupling protein 2 Ala55Val polymorphism is associated with a higher acute insulin response to glucose.Metabolism.  58:877-881. 2009
    2009 Physical fitness, activity, and insulin dynamics in early pubertal children.Pediatric Exercise Science.  21:63-76. 2009
    2006 Nutritional, health and behavioral factors are associated with body composition in elderly Puerto Rican womenInternational Journal of Body Composition Research.  4:185-189. 2006
    2006 Genetic admixture is associated with visceral adipose tissue in Puerto Rican womenInternational Journal of Body Composition Research.  4:137-143. 2006

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Willig's research goal is to reduce health disparities using nutrition and physical fitness to prevent/treat chronic disease. Her current work focuses on improving the quality of life for persons living with HIV who experience increased risk of cardiometabolic diseases.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Willig's education mission is to increase the nutrition and health behavior knowledge and of healthcare providers. She has led local, national, and international courses and lectures to promote nutritional health literacy among students and practitioners.
  • Education And Training

  • Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics/Human Nutritional Services, Louisiana Tech University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Full Name

  • Amanda Willig