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RESEARCH INTERESTS

1. Social Psychology of Health and Health Psychology with specific focus on:
            (a) Social representations of health and illness;
            (b) Lived experience of diabetes and co-morbid physical and mental chronic conditions; and
            (c) Chronic illness interventions with a focus on community-based cardiovascular disease and mental health interventions.

2. Social Psychology of Knowledge with a focus on applying Social Representations Theory to studying the social construction, use and transformation of knowledge in African settings;

3. Developing multidisciplinary approaches to address Africa’s chronic non-communicable disease burden.

4. Global health with a focus on health systems strengthening in low and middle income countries.

5. Qualitative research methods (applied to health and community development)


PUBLICATIONS

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

1a. Journal Articles

1. de-Graft Aikins, A., Dzokoto, V., Yevak, E. (2015) Mass media constructions of „socio- psychological epidemics‟ in sub-Saharan Africa: the case of genital shrinking in 11 countries. Public Understanding of Science. (Impact Factor (IF): 1.766)

2. Nyarko, Y, Goldfrank, L., Ogedegbe, G., Soghoain, S., de-Graft Aikins, A. and NYU-UG- KBTH Ghana Ebola Working Group. (2015) Preparing for Ebola Virus Disease in West African Countries not yet affected: Perspectives from Ghanaian Health Professionals. Globalization and Health, 11(7), doi: 10.1186/s12992-015-0094-z (IF: 1.83)

3. Afrifa-Anane, E., Codjoe, S.N.A., Agyemang, C., Ogedegbe, G., de-Graft Aikins, A. (2015). The association of physical activity, body mass index and the blood pressure levels among urban poor youth in Accra, Ghana. BMC Public Health, 15(269), doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1546-3 (IF: 2.32)

4. Sanuade, O.A, Anarfi, J.K, de-Graft Aikins, A., Koram, K. (2014). Patterns of CVD mortality in Accra, Ghana. Ethnicity and Disease, 24(1), 55-59. (IF: 0.92)

5. Agyemang, C., Buene, E.A., Meeks, K., Owusu-Dabo, E., de-Graft Aikins, A, et al. (2014) Research on Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes among African Migrants: The RODAM study. BMJ Open.4:e004877.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-004877. (IF:2.063)

6. de-Graft Aikins, A., Kushitor, M., Koram, K., Gyamfi, S., Ogedegbe. G. (2014). Chronic non- communicable diseases and the challenge of universal health coverage. Insights from community-based cardiovascular disease research in urban poor communities in Accra, Ghana. BMC Public Health. 14 (Suppl 2), doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-S2-S3. (IF: 2.32)

7. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2014). Food beliefs and practices during pregnancy in Ghana: implications for maternal health interventions. Healthcare for Women International. 35(7-9), 954-972. (IF:0.696)

8. de-Graft Aikins, A., Awuah, R.B., Pera T., Mendez, M., Ogedegbe, G (2014). Explanatory models of diabetes in poor urban Ghanaian communities. Ethnicity and Health. Jul 22: 1-18. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2014.921896. (IF: 1.276)

9. Awuah, R.B., Anarfi, J.K., Agyemang, C., Ogedegbe, G. and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2014) Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in urban poor communities in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Hypertension. 32(6), 1203-10. (IF: 4.222)

10. de-Graft Aikins, A., Anum, A., Agyemang, C., Addo, J. and Ogedegbe, O. (2012). Lay representations of chronic diseases in Ghana: implications for primary prevention. Ghana Medical Journal,46(2)Suppl,59-68.

11. Agyemang, C, Attah-Adjepong, G., Owusu-Dabo E., de-Graft Aikins A., Addo, J., Edusei, A.K., Nkum, B.C., Ogedegbe, O. (2012). Stroke in Ashanti region of Ghana: an urgent need for action. Ghana Medical Journal, 46(2), Suppl,12-17.

12. Addo, J., Agyemang, C., Smeeth, L., de-Graft Aikins, A., Edusei, A.K., Ogedegbe, O. (2012). A review of population-based studies on hypertension in Ghana. Ghana Medical Journal, 46 (2), Suppl, 4-11.

13. de-Graft Aikins A, Addo J, Bosu, WK., Ofei, F., Agyemang, C. (2012) Ghana‟s burden of chronic non-communicable diseases: future directions in research, practice and policy. Ghana Medical Journal. 46(2), Suppl,1-4.

14. de Menil, V., Osei, A., Hill, A.G., Douptcheva, N., Yaro, P., de-Graft Aikins, A. (2012) Symptoms of common mental disorders and their correlates among women in Accra, Ghana: a population-based survey. Ghana Medical Journal. 46(2), 95-103.

15. de-Graft Aikins A., Arhinful, D.K., Pitchforth, E., Ogedegbe, O., Allotey, P., Agyemang, C. (2012). Establishing and Sustaining Research Partnerships in Africa: a case study of the UK- Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease. Globalization and Health, 8: 29. doi:10.1186/1744-8603-8-29 (IF:1.83)

16. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2012). Familiarising the unfamiliar: cognitive polyphasia, emotions and the creation of social representations. Papers on Social Representations, 21, 7.1-7.28.

17. Leone, T., Coast, E., Narayanan, S and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2012) Diabetes and depression comorbidity within poor settings in low and middle income countries (LMICs): a mapping of the evidence. Globalization and Health, 8:39. doi:10.1186/1744-8603-8-39 (IF: 1.83)

18. de-Graft Aikins, A, Pitchforth, E., Allotey, P., Ogedegbe, G., Agyemang, C. (2012). Culture, ethnicity and chronic conditions: reframing concepts and methods for research, intervention and policy in low and middle income countries. Editorial. Ethnicity & Health, 17(6), 551-561. (IF:1.276)

19. Agyemang, C., de-Graft Aikins, A, Bhopal, R. (2012). Ethnicity and Cardiovascular health research: pushing the boundaries by including comparison populations in the countries of origin. Ethnicity and Health, 17(6), 579-596. (IF:1.276)

20. Van der Vijver, S. Addo, J., de-Graft Aikins, A, Agyemang, C. (2012). Review of community based interventions for prevention of cardiovascular diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Ethnicity and Health, 17(6), 651-676. (IF:1.276)

21. Bennett, S, Corluka, A., Jane Doherty, J., Tangcharoensathien, V., Patacharanarumoi, W., Amar Jesani, A., Kyabaggu, J., Namaganda, G., Hussain, A.M.Z., de-Graft Aikins, A. (2011). Influencing policy change: the experience of health think tanks in low- and middle-income countries. Health Policy and Planning, 1-10. doi:10.1093/heapol/czr035 (IF: 3.442)

22. Abanilla, P.K.A., Huang, K-Y, Shinners, S, Levy, A, Kojo Ayernor, K., de-Graft Aikins, A, Ogedegbe, O. (2011). Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Ghana: Feasibility of a Faith-Based Organizational Approach to Prevention. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 89, 648-656. (IF: 5.25)

23. de-Graft Aikins, A, Boynton, P. and Atanga, L.L. (2010) Developing Effective Chronic Disease Prevention in Africa: insights from Ghana and Cameroon. Globalization and Health, 6:6. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-6-6 (IF: 1.83)

24. de-Graft Aikins, A., Unwin, N., Agyemang, C. Allotey, P., Campbell, C and Arhinful, D.K. (2010). Tackling Africa‟s Chronic Disease Burden: from the local to the global. Globalization and Health, 6:5. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-6-5 (IF:1.83)

25. Agyei-Mensah, S. and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2010). Epidemiological transition and the double burden of disease in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Urban Health, 87 (5), 879-897. (IF:1.89)

26. Allotey P, Reidpath DD. Yasin, S, Chan C, de-Graft Aikins A. (2010) Rethinking Health Systems: a focus on chronicity. Lancet, 377(9764):450-1. (IF: 39.207)

27. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2010). Beyond “Food is Medicine”: Evaluating the impact of Ghana‟s Regenerative Health and Nutrition Pilot Programme. Ghana Social Science Journal, 7(1), 14-35.

28. Agyemang, C., Addo, J., Bhopal, R., de-Graft Aikins, A., and Stronks, K. (2009). Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and established risks factors among populations of sub-Saharan African descent in Europe: a literature review. Globalization and Health, 5: 7.doi:10.1186/1744-8603-5-7 (IF:1.83)

29. Akyeampong, E and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2008). Ghana at Fifty: reflections on independence and after. Transition, Issue 98, pp. 24-34.

30. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2007). Ghana‟s neglected chronic disease epidemic: a developmental challenge. Ghana Medical Journal, 14(4), 154-159.

31. de-Graft Aikins, A. & Ofori-Atta, A. (2007) Homelessness and mental health in Ghana: everyday experiences of Accra‟s migrant squatters. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(5), 761-778.(IF:1.826)

32. de-Graft Aikins, A. & Marks, D.F. (2007). Health, disease and healthcare in Africa. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(3), 387-402. (IF:1.826)

33. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2006). Reframing applied disease stigma research: a multilevel analysis of diabetes stigma in Ghana. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16(6), 426-441. (IF:0.88)

34. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2005). Healer-shopping in Africa: new evidence from a rural-urban qualitative study of Ghanaian diabetes experiences. British Medical Journal, 331, 737. doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7519.737 (IF:16.3)

35. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2004). Strengthening quality and continuity of diabetes care in rural Ghana: a critical social psychological approach. Journal of Health Psychology, 2004, 9(2), 295-309. (IF:1.826)

36. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2003). Living with diabetes in rural and urban Ghana: a critical social psychological examination of illness action and scope for intervention. Journal of Health Psychology, 8(5), 557-72. (IF:1.826)

37. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2002). Exploring biomedical and ethnomedical representations of diabetes in Ghana and the scope for cross-professional collaboration: a social psychological approach to health policy. Social Science Information, 41(4), 603-630. (IF: 0.594)

1b. Book Chapters

38. de-Graft Aikins, A., Sanuade, O., and Anie, K. (In Press) Ageing and neurodegenerative diseases in low and middle income countries. In A. de-Graft Aikins and C. Agyemang (Eds), Chronic non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries: a synthesis of research, interventions and policies. Oxon: CABI Publishers.

39. de-Graft Aikins, A., Atanga, L and Allotey, P. (In Press) Self help and chronic non- communicable disease care in low and middle-income countries. In A. de-Graft Aikins and C. Agyemang (Eds), Chronic non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries: a synthesis of research, interventions and policies. Oxon: CABI Publishers.

40. Agyemang, C., Boatemaa S., Agyemang G., and de-Graft Aikins, A. (In Press) Obesity in Africa. In R. Ahima (Ed), Metabolic syndrome: A comprehensive textbook. Springer.

41. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2015) Poverty and mental health in Ghana: insights from the lives of vagrants and squatters. In N. Apt (Ed), Positioning Ghana: Challenges and Innovations. Leiden: African Studies Centre (ASC) & Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA).

42. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2015). Mental illness and destitution in Ghana: a social psychological perspective. In Emmanuel Akyeampong, Alan Hill and Arthur Kleinman. (Eds). Culture, Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (pages 112-143)

43. Read, U.M., Doku, V., and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2015). Schizophrenia and Psychosis in West Africa from the colonial era to the present. In Emmanuel Akyeampong, Alan Hill and Arthur Kleinman. (Eds). Culture, Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (pages 73-111)

44. de-Graft Aikins, A, Ofori-Atta A., Anum, A., Dzokoto, V. (2014) Psychology in Ghana: a review of research and practice. In S. Agyei-Mensah, A. Oduro and J. Ayee (Eds) Changing Perspectives in the Social Sciences in Ghana. Dordrecht: Springer. (pages 75-93)

45. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2014). Social cognition, social representations and social knowledge: themes in Ghanaian social psychology. In C. Akotia and C. Mate-Kole (Eds), Psychology: Readings from Ghana. Accra: DigiBooks Ghana Ltd. (pages 249-272)

46. Anum, A and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2014). The psychology of ageing and longevity. In C. Akotia and C. Mate-Kole (Eds), Psychology: Readings from Ghana. Accra: DigiBooks Ghana Ltd. (pages 87-108)

47. Aryeetey, E and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2013) Ethnicity, social development and wellbeing in sub- Saharan Africa: a conceptual review. In C. Agyemang, C. Airhenbuwa and A. de-Graft Aikins (Eds), Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges. New York: Nova Science Publishers. (pages 133-147)

48. Agyemang, C., Airhenbuwa, C. and de-Graft Aikins, A. (2013). Introduction. In C. Agyemang, C. Airhenbuwa and A. de-Graft Aikins. (Eds). Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges. New York: Nova Science Publishers. (pages vii-xi)

49. de-Graft Aikins, Agyei-Mensah S, Agyemang, C. (2013). Introduction: Multidisciplinary perspectives on Ghana‟s chronic non-communicable disease burden. In A. de-Graft Aikins, S. Agyei-Mensah and C. Agyemang (Eds). Ghana’s Chronic Non-communicable disease burden: multidisciplinary perspectives. Accra: Sub Saharan Publishers. (pages 1-12)

50. de-Graft Aikins, A., Owusu-Dabo, E., Agyemang. C (2013). Diabetes in Ghana: a review of research on prevalence, experiences and healthcare. In A. de-Graft Aikins, S. Agyei-Mensah and C. Agyemang (Eds). Ghana’s Chronic Noncommunicable disease burden: multidisciplinary perspectives. Accra: Sub Saharan Publishers (pages 41-55)

51. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2013). The socio-cultural and socio-economic context of chronic disease in Africa. In A. de-Graft Aikins, S. Agyei-Mensah and C. Agyemang (Eds). Ghana’s Chronic Non- communicable disease burden: multidisciplinary perspectives. Accra: Sub Saharan Publishers (pages 124-136)

52. de-Graft Aikins, A (2011) Culture, diet and the maternal body: Ghanaian women‟s perspectives on food, fat and childbearing. In Maya Unnithan-Kumar and Soraya Tremayne (Eds). Fatness and the Maternal Body: Women’s experiences of corporeality and the shaping of social policy. Oxford: Berghahn Books. (pages 130-154)

53. de-Graft Aikins, A. (2011). Nonverbal communication in everyday multicultural life. In D. Hooks, B. Franks, and M. Bauer (Eds). Social Psychology of Communication. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (pages 67-86)

2. EDITED VOLUMES

2a. Journal Edited Volumes

54. de-Graft Aikins, A., Pitchforth, E., Allotey, P., Ogedegbe, G., and Agyemang, C. (Guest Editors) (2012). Culture, Ethnicity and Chronic Conditions: a Global Synthesis. Ethnicity and Health. 17(6),543-695 (available at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ceth20/17/6) (Impact Factor (IF): 1.276)

55. de-Graft Aikins A, Agyemang C, Addo J, Ofei F, Bosu WK (Guest Editors). (2012). Ghana‟s burden of chronic non-communicable diseases. Ghana Medical Journal, Vol 46, No2, Supplementary Issue, Pages 1-78. (available at http://www.ghanamedj.org/supplementary.php)

56. Nasin, S., Allotey, P., Reidpath, DD, Chan, C., Pitchforth, E . de-Graft Aikins, A., (Guest Editors) (2011/2012) “Chronicity” and Chronic Health Conditions: Implications for Health and Health Care. Globalization and Health, 7/8. (Available at www.globalizationandhealth.com/series ). (IF: 1.83)

57. de-Graft Aikins, A., Unwin, N., Agyemang, C. Allotey, P., Campbell, C and Arhinful, D.K (Guest Editors) (2009/2010). Africa‟s Chronic Disease Burden: local and global perspectives. Globalization and Health, 5/6. (available at www.globalizationandhealth.com/series) (IF: 1.83)

58. de-Graft Aikins, A and Marks, D.F (Guest Editors) (2007). Special Issue: Health, disease and healthcare in Africa. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(3) 387-559. (IF:1.826)

2b. Edited Books

59. de-Graft Aikins, A and Agyemang, C. (Eds) (In Press). Chronic non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries. Oxon: CABI Publishers

60. Agyemang, C and de-Graft Aikins, A. (Eds). (2014). Culture, Ethnicity and Chronic Conditions: A Global Synthesis. London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.

61. Agyemang, C., Airhenbuwa, C. and de-Graft Aikins, A. (Eds). (2013). Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

62. de-Graft Aikins, A., Agyei-Mensah, S., Agyemang, C. (Eds). (2013) Ghana’s Chronic Non- communicable disease burden: multidisciplinary perspectives. Accra: Sub Saharan Publishers.

3. OTHER PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (TECHNICAL REPORTS/CHAPTERS AND JOURNAL ABSTRACTS)

3a. Technical reports and chapters

63. Gonzàlez Block, M.A., Akosa, A.B., Chowdhury, M. (with de-Graft Aikins, A).
(2012). Health systems research and infectious diseases of poverty: from the margins to the mainstream. In the Global Report for Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty. Geneva: WHO/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). (available at http://www.who.int/tdr/capacity/global_report/en/)

64. Bennett, S. Adrijana Corluka, A, Doherty, J., de-Graft Aikins, A., Zakir Hussain, A.M., Jesani, A., Kyabaggu, J., Namaganda, G., Patacharanarumoi, W., Tangcharoensathien, V. (2010). Health Policy Analysis Institutes: Landscaping and Learning from Experience. Final Report. Geneva: Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO. (available at http://www.who.int/alliancehpsr/evidence informed/alliancehpsr_healthpolicyanalysisinstitutesreport.pdf)

65. The British Academy (2010). Africa‟s neglected epidemic: multidisciplinary research, intervention and policy for chronic diseases. London: The British Academy. (Acknowledged author: Ama de-Graft Aikins) (available at http://www.britac.ac.uk/intl/Africa_Chronic_Disease.cfm)

66. World Health Organization (WHO) (2001). Interventions and strategies to improve the use of antimicrobials in developing countries: a review. A Background Document for the WHO Global Strategy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance. (Acknowledged contributors: de Graft- Aikins, A.,Chalker, J., Lee, D., and Miralles, M.) Geneva: WHO. (available at http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/drugresist/WHO_CDS_CSR_DRS_2001_9/en/)

3b. Peer reviewed journal abstracts

67. de-Graft Aikins (2014). I.22 Barriers to patient empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa: a social psychological evaluation. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 103(Supp 1),p.S7.(IF:2.536).

68. de-Graft Aikins, A., Owusu-Dabo, E., Addo, J., Agyemang, C. (2014) I.6 Perceptions of obesity and diabetes among Ghanaians in Europe and Ghana: preliminary insights from the RODAM study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 103(Supp 1), pp S2-S3.(IF: 2.536).

69. Agyemang, C., Beune, E., Meeks, K., de-Graft Aikins, A. and Bahendeka, S. (2014).I.4 Type II diabetes and obesity among sub-Saharan African native and migrant populations: dissection of environment and endogenous predisposition. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 103 (Supp 1), p. S2. (IF: 2.536).

70. Galbete, C., Schulze, M.B., Nicolaou, M., de-Graft Aikins, A., Owusu-Dabo, E., Addo, J., Beune, E., Klipstein-Grobusch, K., Agyemang, C., and Danquah, I. (2014). P73 Dietary assessment in Ghanaian migrants: the RODAM Study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice,103(Suppl 1), p.S54. (IF: 2.536).