• 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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    2022 Associations between drug and alcohol use, smoking, and frailty among people with HIV across the United States in the current era of antiretroviral treatmentDrug and Alcohol Dependence.  240. 2022
    2022 Tobacco smoking and binge alcohol use are associated with incident venous thromboembolism in an HIV cohortHIV Medicine.  23:1051-1060. 2022
    2022 Trends in diabetes incidence and associated risk factors among people with HIV in the current treatment eraAIDS.  36:1811-1818. 2022
    2022 Risk Factors for Incident Hypertension Within 1 Year of Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy Among People with HIVAIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.  38:735-742. 2022
    2022 Factors Associated with Severity of COVID-19 Disease in a Multicenter Cohort of People with HIV in the United States, March-December 2020 2022
    2022 Racial and ethnic disparities in coronavirus disease 2019 disease incidence independent of comorbidities, among people with HIV in the United StatesAIDS.  36:1095-1103. 2022
    2022 Risk factors for atrial fibrillation in a multicenter United States clinical cohort of people with HIV infectionAIDS.  36:903-905. 2022
    2022 Weight gain post-ART in HIV+ Latinos/as differs in the USA, Haiti, and Latin AmericaThe Lancet Regional Health. Americas.  8. 2022
    2022 The Association Between Objectively-Measured Physical Activity and Cognitive Functioning in Middle-Aged and Older People Living with HIVAIDS and Behavior2022
    2021 Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 disease incidence independent of comorbidities, among people with HIV in the US. 2021
    2021 Correction to: Genetic architecture of cardiometabolic risks in people living with HIV (BMC Medicine, (2020), 18, 1, (288), 10.1186/s12916-020-01762-z)BMC Medicine.  19. 2021
    2021 Factors associated with severity of COVID-19 disease in a multicenter cohort of people with HIV in the United States, March-December 2020. 2021
    2021 Disability-inclusive diabetes self-management telehealth program: Protocol for a pilot and feasibility studyJMIR Research Protocols.  10. 2021
    2021 Telehealth behavioral intervention for diabetes management in adults with physical disabilities: Intervention fidelity protocol for a randomized controlled trialJMIR Research Protocols.  10. 2021
    2021 Changes in lipidomic profile by anti-retroviral treatment regimen: An ACTG 5257 ancillary studyMedicine.  100:e26588. 2021
    2021 Disability-Inclusive Diabetes Self-management Telehealth Program: Protocol for a Pilot and Feasibility Study (Preprint) 2021
    2021 Telehealth Behavioral Intervention for Diabetes Management in Adults With Physical Disabilities: Intervention Fidelity Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint) 2021
    2021 Types of Stroke among People Living with HIV in the United States 2021
    2021 Brief Report: Weight Gain Following ART Initiation in ART-Naïve People Living With HIV in the Current Treatment Era 2021
    2021 Brief Report: Differences in Types of Myocardial Infarctions Among People Aging With HIV 2021
    2020 Genetic architecture of cardiometabolic risks in people living with HIVBMC Medicine.  18. 2020
    2020 Patient-centered outcomes and key study procedure finalization in the pilot feasibility gout randomized trial: Comparative feasibility study in GOUt, CHerry extract versus diet modification (Mini-GOUCH) 2020
    2020 A Randomized Internet-Based Pilot Feasibility and Planning Study of Cherry Extract and Diet Modification in Gout 2020
    2020 A Randomized Internet-Based Pilot Feasibility and Planning Study of Cherry Extract and Diet Modification in Gout. 2020
    2020 Cognitive Effects of a Ketogenic Diet on Neurocognitive Impairment in Adults Aging With HIV: A Pilot StudyJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.  31:312-324. 2020
    2020 The PROSPER-HIV Study: A Research Protocol to Examine Relationships Among Physical Activity, Diet Intake, and Symptoms in Adults Living With HIVJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.  31:346-352. 2020
    2020 Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty: A Review and Roadmap for Equity in AcademiaJournal of Women's Health.  29:721-733. 2020
    2020 Weight gain among treatment-naïve persons with HIV starting integrase inhibitors compared to non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors or protease inhibitors in a large observational cohort in the United States and CanadaJournal of the International AIDS Society.  23. 2020
    2020 Physical activity trends and metabolic health outcomes in people living with HIV in the US, 2008–2015Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases.  63:170-177. 2020
    2020 Assessment of an adolescent-girl-focused nutritional educational intervention within a girls' empowerment programme: A cluster randomised evaluation in ZambiaPublic Health Nutrition2020
    2020 Obesity Affects the Association of Bioelectrical Impedance Phase Angle With Mortality in People Living With HIVJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.  31:51-59. 2020
    2019 Cognitive Reserve over the Lifespan: Neurocognitive Implications for Aging with HIVJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.  30:E109-E121. 2019
    2019 Associations of food insecurity and psychosocial measures with diet quality in adults aging with HIV 2019
    2019 Physical Activity Intensity is Associated with Symptom Distress in the CNICS CohortAIDS and Behavior.  23:627-635. 2019
    2019 Cognitive reserve over the lifespan: Neurocognitive implications for aging with HIV.Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care2019
    2019 Physical functioning among patients aging with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Versus HIV uninfected: Feasibility of using the short physical performance battery in clinical care of people living with HIV aged 50 or olderOpen Forum Infectious Diseases.  6. 2019
    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 StatesPLoS One.  13. 2018
    2018 The ketogenic diet as a non-pharmacological treatment for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder: A descriptive analysis.Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  3. 2018
    2017 Monocyte bioenergetic function is associated with body composition in virologically suppressed HIV-infected womenRedox Biology.  12:648-656. 2017
    2017 Associations between At-Risk Alcohol Use, Substance Use, and Smoking with Lipohypertrophy and Lipoatrophy among Patients Living with HIVAIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.  33:534-545. 2017
    2017 Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Affect Metabolic Changes Seen with ART InitiationOpen Forum Infectious Diseases.  4. 2017
    2016 Higher time-updated body mass index: Association with improved CD4+ cell recovery on HIV treatment 2016
    2016 Metabolic Complications and Glucose Metabolism in HIV Infection: A Review of the EvidenceCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports.  13:289-296. 2016
    2016 Challenges to Healthy Eating Practices: A Qualitative Study of Non-Hispanic Black Men Living With Diabetes 2016
    2016 The Silent Epidemic - Frailty and Aging with HIV. 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, 1998-2010HIV Medicine.  16:572-577. 2015
    2015 Obesity is Associated with Race/Sex Disparities in Diabetes and Hypertension Prevalence, but Not Cardiovascular Disease, among HIV-Infected AdultsAIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.  31:898-904. 2015
    2015 Physical Activity Patterns of Latina Immigrants Living in AlabamaJournal 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 immigrantsBMC Obesity.  2. 2015
    2015 Diabetes Connect: African American Men's Preferences for a Community-based Diabetes Management Program 2015
    2014 Metabolic consequences of HIV: Pathogenic insightsCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports.  11:35-44. 2014
    2014 Home-schooled children are thinner, leaner, and report better diets relative to traditionally schooled childrenObesity.  22:497-503. 2014
    2014 Body mass index, depression, and condom use among HIV-infected men who have sex with men: A longitudinal moderation analysis 2014
    2014 Intuitive eating practices among African-American women living with type 2 diabetes: A qualitative studyJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  114:889-896. 2014
    2012 Multimorbidity patterns in HIV-infected patients: The role of obesity in chronic disease clustering 2012
    2012 HIV infection and obesity: Where did all the wasting go?Antiviral Therapy.  17:1281-1289. 2012
    2012 Genetic admixture, social-behavioural factors and body composition are associated with blood pressure differently by racial-ethnic group among childrenJournal 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 childrenAppetite.  58:347-353. 2012
    2011 Body fat and racial genetic admixture are associated with aerobic fitness levels in a multiethnic pediatric populationObesity.  19:2222-2227. 2011
    2011 Birth weight is associated with body composition in a multiethnic pediatric cohort 2011
    2011 African genetic admixture is associated with body composition and fat distribution in a cross-sectional study of childrenInternational Journal of Obesity.  35:60-65. 2011
    2010 Associations among calcium intake, resting energy expenditure, and body fat in a multiethnic sample of childrenJournal of Pediatrics.  157:473-478. 2010
    2010 Adjusting adiposity and body weight measurements for height alters the relationship with blood pressure in childrenAmerican 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 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. 2010
    2009 Uncoupling protein 2 Ala55Val polymorphism is associated with a higher acute insulin response to glucose 2009
    2009 Physical fitness, activity, and insulin dynamics in early pubertal childrenPediatric 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

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine - Infectious Diseases, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2010
  • Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2004
  • Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics/Human Nutritional Services, Louisiana Tech University 2000
  • Full Name

  • Amanda Willig