Ann O. Amuta, Ph.D., MPH, CPH

Associate Professor

School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology

Ann O. Amuta, Ph.D., MPH, CPH

Contact

aamuta@twu.edu
940-898-2856

Biography

Ann Amuta is an associate professor in the School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology at Texas Woman's University, Denton Texas. She earned her Master’s in Public Health Policy and PhD in Health Promotion from Texas A&M University in College Station. Ann uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods to investigate the individual, community, and systems-level factors that shape health and outcomes across the life course; she seeks to understand how these complex interactions can be addressed to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. Specifically, her research has focused on the public health implications of the rapidly growing black immigrant population in the United States. Her work has been funded by the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) and other TWU internal grants. Ann has published some of her work in the Journal of Cancer Education, American Journal of Health Behavior, Health Education & Behavior and Health Promotion practice journals. When Ann isn't reading or writing, she is sleeping, playing tennis, practicing Pilates, watching TV or cooking. Ann is very proud of her Nigerian heritage and uses her international edge in the classes she teaches such as Global Health related courses.

Education

Ph.D., Health Education & Promotion, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
M.P.H., Public Health, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, School of Public Health, College Station, TX
B.S., Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna, Nigeria

Research Interests

Chronic Disease Prevention; Cancer Prevention; Type 2 Diabetes Prevention; Chronic Disease Prevention Intervention; Health Disparities: Health Behavior; Immigrant Health: Public Health Genomics; Minority Health; Health Equity

Latest Articles

Health Disparities and the Heterogeneity of Blacks/African Americans in the United States: Why Should We Care?
Health Promotion Practice (2020)
Ann O Amuta, Wura Jacobs, Gabrielle Smith

Estimate of the incidence of bladder cancer in Africa: A systematic review and Bayesian meta‚Äźanalysis
International Journal of Urology (2019)
Davies Adeloye, Michael Harhay, Ann Amuta, Jhonathan Dos Santos, Olubanke Ogunlana

Two Peas in a Pod? An Exploratory Examination into Cancer-related Psychosocial Characteristics and Health Behaviors among Black Immigrants and African Americans.
Health Education & Behavior (2019)
Ann O Amuta, Nafissa Cisse-Egbounye, Wura Jacobs, Gabrielle Smith

Health Information Seeking and Help Seeking Behaviors among Individuals who Report Depression and Anxiety
Annals of Behavioral Medicine (2019)
Ehikowoicho Idoko, Ann Oyare Amuta, Idethia Harvey

Understanding the interconnection between routine screening behavior, socio-demographics, quality of care, trust, and communication experiences with health-care professionals
Cogent Social Sciences (2018)
Ann O Amuta

Examining characteristics of recorded and unrecorded alcohol consumers in Kenya
BMC Public Health (2018)
Rahma Mkuu, Adam E Barry, Francisco Montiel Ishino, Ann O Amuta

Food Label Literacy and Use among US Adults Diagnosed with Cancer: Results from a National Representative Study
Journal of Cancer Education (2018)
Ann O Amuta, Celia Lo, Divya Talwar, Nicole Khan, Adam E Barry

Estimating the incidence of breast cancer in Africa: a systematic review of the evidence
Journal of Global Health (2018)
D. Adeloy, OO Sowunmi, W. Jacobs, R. David, Ann O Amuta

Number and severity of Type 2 Diabetes among Family Members are associated with nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors
Frontiers in Public Health (2017)
Ann O Amuta, R Mkuu, W Jacobs, A E Barry

An Examination of Family, Healthcare Professionals, and Peer Advice on Physical Activity Behaviors among Adolescents at High Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Health Communication (2017)
Ann O Amuta, W. Jacobs, A. E. Barry

Health information seeking in the digital age: An analysis of health information seeking behavior among US adults
Cogent Social Sciences (2017)
W Jacobs, Ann O Amuta, K C Jeon

Parent-Child Joint Decision Making on Food Choices and Children's Fruits and Vegetable Consumption
Health Behavior and Policy Review (2017)
Ann O Amuta, W Jacobs, R S Mkuu, L E Espinoza, A E Barry

The Effect of Cancer Information Seeking on Perceptions of Cancer Risks, Fatalism, and Worry Among a US National Sample
American Journal of Health Education (2017)
Ann O Amuta, X Chen, R Mkuu

Coverage and determinants of childhood immunization in Nigeria: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Vaccine (2017)
D Adeloye, W Jacobs, Ann O Amuta, O Ogundipe, O Mosaku

Influence of Cancer Worry on Four Cancer Related Health Protective Behaviors among a Nationally Representative Sample: Implications for Health Promotion Efforts
Journal of Cancer Education (2017)
Ann O Amuta, R S Mkuu, W Jacobs, A Z Ejembi

The Physical Activity Environment among Rural, Low-Income Children
Health Behavior and Policy Review (2016)
Ann Amuta, E McKyer, S L McWhinney, C W Outley, C A Tisone

Perceived Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes Compared with Peers, in Adulthood and Across the Lifespan: A Study of Overweight and Obese Adolescents
American Journal of Health Behavior (2016)
Ann Amuta, A E Barry, E McKyer

Gender Differences in Type 2 Diabetes Risk Perception, Attitude and Protective Health Behaviors: A study of Overweight and Obese College Students
American Journal of Health Education (2016)
Ann O Amuta, W. Jacobs, A. E. Barry, F. Popoola, K. Crosslin

Emerging challenges and opportunities in genetic education for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Qualitative Study Exploring Information Needs
Patient Education and Counseling (2016)
M. Li, Ann O Amuta, L. Xu, SU Dhar, L. Chen

Influence of Type 2 Diabetes Threat Appraisal on Physical Activity and Nutrition Behaviors among Overweight and Obese Adolescents
American Journal of Health Behavior (2016)
Ann O Amuta, K. Crosslin, J. Goodman, A. E. Barry

Influence of Family History of Cancer on Engagement in Protective Health Behaviors
American Journal of Health Education (2015)
Ann Amuta, A E Barry

Perceived Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes Compared with Peers, in Adulthood and Across the Lifespan: A Study of Overweight and Obese Adolescents
American Journal of Health Behavior (2015)
Ann O Amuta, AE. Barry, ELJ. McKyer

Influence of the Home Food Environment on Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Cross-Sectional Study of Families Residing in Rural AreasHa
Health Promotion Practice (2015)
Ann O Amuta, W. Jacobs, E. Idoko, AE. Barry, ELI McKyer

Influence of Family History of Cancer on Engagement in Protective Health Behaviors
American Journal of Health Education (2015)
Ann O Amuta, AE. Barry

Awareness of Type 2 Diabetes Family History on Preventive Behaviors: A Systematic Literature Review
Annals of Behavioral Medicine (2015)
Ann O Amuta, D. Talwar

Type 2 Diabetes Family History and Engagement in Protective Nutrition Behaviors: A cross-sectional study of College Students
American Journal of Health Studies (2015)
Ann O Amuta, AE. Barry

PRECEDE-PROCEED and its Application to Podunk, Texas: A Strategy for Preparing Future Health Promotion Professionals to use Planning Models
Journal of Health Education Teaching Techniques (2015)
V Braly, Ann Amuta, B McNeil

Influence of the Home Food Environment on Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Cross-Sectional Study of Families Residing in Rural Areas.
Health Promotion Practice (2015)
Ann Amuta, W Jacobs, E Idoko, A E Barry, E McKyer

Current Projects

In 2018 and 2019, my research interests have specifically focused on the social implications of the rapidly growing black immigrant population in the United States. Blackness in the U.S. is synonymous with being an African American due to the misconception that the Black race is homogenous. However, several psychological, historical and sociological studies have reported profound socio-cultural and demographic differences between both groups. Inclusion of Black Immigrants in studies intended to examine African Americans, given the vast differences in culture, behaviors, experience, illness and mortality, may lead to invalid and erroneous policy and practice implications. The primary aim of my research agenda is to advance the understanding of social contexts and cultural factors as part of the primary determinants of racial disparities in health. To this end, I plan to (1) employ various comparisons between African Americans and Black immigrants, and (2) propose culturally specific interventions not only to document important and increasingly dynamic population trends, but also to isolate the role of sociocultural context between these groups. I have published very interesting work related to this in Health Education & Behavior and Health Promotion Practice.

Externally Funded Projects

A phenomenological Study into how African American and Black Immigrant Women in the U.S. Experience and Understand Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control
Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program | $5,000.00 | 2020
Role: Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Blacks in America Study
Texas Woman's University Small Grants | $750.00 | 2019
Research Grant

Engaging the Affective Domain in Understanding Drivers of Health Protective Behaviors: Implications for Chronic Disease Prevention
Texas Woman's University Small Grants | $1,500.00 | 2017
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Health Behavior
  • American Public Health Association
  • Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE)