Department of Allied Health Sciences

Allen Knehans, PhD

Dean, College of Allied Health
Chairman, Department of Nutritional Sciences
David Ross Boyd Professor
Stuart C. Miller Professor of Allied Health

Contact Information:

Office of the Dean, AHB 3150
Department of Nutritional Sciences, AHB 3060

(405) 271-2288 Ext. 43408 (Office of the Dean)
(405) 271-2113 Ext. 41175 (Nutritional Sciences)


Ph.D., Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1979


NS 5663 Obesity
NS 5833 Nonenergy Nutrients

Societies and Organizations:

  • American Society of Nutrition ​
  • Member, Alpha Eta Honor Society

Research Interests:

Community- and school-based interventions to prevent adult and childhood obesity

Improving success of bariatric surgery

Selected Publications:

  • Funk, MD, Taylor, EL, Branscum, P, Hofford, C, Knehans, A, Crowson, HM, Sisson, SB. Process Evaluation of an Intervention to Decrease Sedentary Time in Diabetics. American Journal of Health Studies (In Press).

  • New J, Sisson SB, Arnold SH, DuBose K, Knehans A.  BMI, light and vigorous physical activity predict fine and gross motor skill in preschoolers.  Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport in press.

  • Megan Krampe, Susan B. Sisson, Chelsea L. Smith, Andrea H. Rasbold, Diane Horm, Janis E. Campbell, Karina R. Lora, Allen Knehans.  Children’s Dietary Intake in Child Care Centers by Body Mass, Age, and Sex.  Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine 2016; 2(3): 031.

  • Kim S, Bemben MG, Knehans AW, Bemben DA.  Effects of an 8-month Ashtanga-based yoga intervention on bone metabolism in middle-aged premenopausal women: a randomized controlled study.  J of Sports Science & Medicine 2015; 14: 756-768.

  • Lee ET, Wang W, Zhang Y, Ali T, Rhoades ER, Jobe JB, Knehans AW, Yeh J, Johnson MR, Willis DJ, Yeh F. Results and lessons learned from a cardiovascular risk reduction program for American Indians – The Balance Study.  International Journal of Health & Nutrition 2015; 6: 26-37.

  • Lora K, Branscum, P, Sisson SB, Scott LM, Anderson M, Knehans A.  Food label use and household availability of beverages in a sample of mothers of preschool children participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.  Amer Journal of Health Studies 2015; 30: 10-20.

  • Lee ET, Jobe JB, Yeh J, Ali T, Rhoades ER, Knehans AW, Willis DJ, Johnson MR, Zhang Y,  Poolaw B, Rogers B. A Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program for American Indians with Metabolic Syndrome – The Balance Study.  The Journal of Primary Prevention.  DOI 10.1007/s10935-012-0273-0.

  • Sherk VD, Malone SP, Bemben MG, Knehans AW, Palmer IJ, and Bemben DA.  Leptin, fat mass, and bone mineral density in healthy pre- and postmenopausal women.  Journal of Clinical Densitometry 2011; 14:321-325.

  • Bemben DA, Palmer IJ, Bemben MG and Knehans AW.  Effects of combined whole-body vibration and resistance training on muscular strength and bone metabolism in postmenopausal women.  Bone (2010), doi:10.1016/j.bone.2010.06.019.

  • Taylor EL, Hasseberg CM, Anderson MA  and Knehans AW.  Dietetic preceptor educational needs from preceptor, student, and faculty perspectives.   J Allied Health 2010; 39(4):287–292.

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