Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences

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Dr. Ralphenia Pace, Head of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Address: 208 Morrison-Mayberry Building
Phone: 334-727-8323
Fax: 334-727-8812


Licensed Dietitian, L.D., l990
Registered Dietitian, R.D., 1980
Tuskegee University, Food and Nutritional Sciences, M.S., 1970
South Carolina State College, Home Economics Education, B.S., l967


Head, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Tuskegee University 1996-present
Chairperson International Food and Nutrition Conference, Tuskegee University 2000, Co-Chair 2006 and 2011
Professor, Nutrition Program, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Tuskegee University 1992
Head, Department of Home Economics and Assistant Dean Academic and Student Affairs, School of Agriculture & Home Economics, Tuskegee University 1988-1996

 Applying the science of nutrition in disease prevention and health promotion stimulates me to encourage students to pursue a career path of teaching in various settings: academia, private and non-private organizations and in the community at large. When students use their nutrition knowledge to improve their lives and the lives of others, it is professionally rewarding to me to know that I have facilitated the process. Teaching and learning are parallel ventures, for without one, the other can't be achieved. Research in nutritional sciences can be used to compliment teaching and it is needed to keep classroom information current. Through research different interventions (basic and applied) can be hypothesized, tested and their effectiveness and impact evaluated. My research initiatives focus on the impact of fatty acids, proteins and functional foods on coronary heart disease in the African American community. Additionally, the translation of this work via nutrition education to various community groups has proven to have an impact on awareness, education and moving people to action


The integration of nutrition and disease pursuits in academia, research and community engagement to have impact not only locally, but regionally and nationally focused on reducing the coronary heart disease burden in minority populations.


Pace, RD, and Johnson, M. 2014. Cardiovascular Disease: The Public Health Nutrition Impact of Hypertension in the African American Community in the Southern United States. “Public Health Nutrition: Principles and Practice in Community and Global Health. ISBN-10: 1449692044 (Book Chapter). Michigan State university. Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA.

Johnson Melissa, Pace D Ralphenia, Dawkins L Norma, Willian R Kyle. 2013. Diets containing traditional and novel green leafy vegetables improve liver fatty acid profiles of spontaneously hypertensive rats. Lipids in Health and Disease.12:168.

Welch-White,V, Dawkins, N., Graham, T., and Pace, RD. 2013. Impact of High Fat Diets on Physiological Changes in Euthyroid and Thyroid Altered Rats. Lipids in Health and Disease 12:100.

Pace, RD, Dawkins, N and Johnson, M. 2012. Strategies for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Rural Southern African American Communities. "Public Health - Social and Behavioral Health", ISBN 979-953-307-499-2. (Book Chapter).

Johnson, M and Pace, RD. Sweet potato leaves: properties and synergistic interactions

that promotes health and prevents disease. 2010. Nutrition Reviews. Special Article. 68(10):604-615.

Dawkins, N, McMickens, T, Findley, H. and Pace, RD. 2010. Knowledge and Perception of Community Leaders on Obesity: Implications for Outreach Education. J. of Ext. 46:1-12.

Bovell-Benjamin, AC, Dawkins, N., Pace RD, Shikany, JM. 2010. Dietary Consumption Practices and Cancer Risk in African Americans in the Rural South. J Health Care Poor Underserved 21:57-25.

Huang, Z, Wang, B, Pace, RD, Yoon, S. 2009. Identification of anthocyanins in muscadine grapes with HPLC-ESI-MS. Food Science and Technology. 42: 819-824.

Huang, Z, Wang, B, Pace, RD, Yoon, S. 2009. Trans fat intake lowers total cholesterol and high density lipoprotein cholesterol levels without changing insulin sensitivity index in Wistar rats. Nutr. Rev. 29: 2006-12.

Bovell-Benjamin A, Dawkins, N, Pace, RD, Shikany, J. 2009. Use Of Focus Groups To Understand African-Americans' Dietary Practices: Implications For Modifying A Food Frequency Questionnaire. Preventive Medicine. Prev Med 48, 549-554.

Huang, Z, Wang, B, Williams, P, and Pace, RD. 2009. Identification of anthocyanins in muscadine grapes with HPLC-ESI-MS. Food Sci and Tech. 42: 819-24.

Shireen, KF, Pace, RD, Mahboob, M. and Khan, AT. 2008. Effects of dietary vitamin E, C and soybean oil supplementation on antioxidant enzyme activities in liver and muscles of rats. 2008.

Food & Chem. Toxicology. 46: 3290-3294.

Huang, Z, Wang, B & Pace, RD. 2008. Potentials of phytochemicals in disease prevention and health promotion. Recent Advances in Agriculture. Chapter 4. pges 63-97.

Pace, RD, Dawkins, N., Wang, B. Person, S. & Shikany, J.M. 2008. Rural Africa-Americans’

Dietary Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behavior in Relation to Cardiovascular Disease: the ACCE Project. Ethnicity & Disease. 18: 6-12.

Huang Z, Wang B, Eaves DH, Shikany JM, Pace RD. 2007. Phenolic compound profiles of selected vegetables frequently consumed by African Americans in the Southeast United States. The ACCE Project. J Food Chem; 103:1395-402.

Huang, Z, Wang, B, Eaves, D., Shikany, J. & Pace, RD. 2007. Total phenolics and antioxidant capacity of indigenous vegetables in the southeast United States: The ACCE Project. Inter. J of Food Sci & Nutr. 00 (0): 1-9.

Qian, J. Wang, B., Dawkins, N., Gray, A. & Pace, RD. 2007. Reduction of risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Africans with a 12-week nutrition education program. Nutr. Res. 27: 252-257.

Huang, Z, Wang, B, Pace, RD. and Oh, J. 2006. Trans fatty acid content of selected foods in an African-American Community. J. Food Sci: 71 (6): 322-326.


Tuskegee University Outreach Program focused on coronary heart disease prevention and health promotion.  Numerous Industry/Organization Collaborations: The Solae Company, St. Louis, MO, Goldkist, Boaz Al, Unilever-Best Foods, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Atlanta, GA, International Product Safety Consultants, Inc., Seattle, Washington, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ, Coalescence, LLC., Polymer Group Inc., Charlotte, NC, Bells Flavors & Fragrances, North Brook, IL, Balchem Encapsulates, New Hampton, NY, Heinz, Cranberry Township, PA, Kerry Ingredients, Seattle, WA, Kraft Foods, Inc., Bayside, NY, USDA/FNS, Alexandria, VA, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL, Cooper Green Hospital, Birmingham, AL, The Mineral District, African American Physicians, Birmingham, AL, etc.


Recipient of The Russell W. Brown distinguished Scientist Research Award presented by The Tuskegee University Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, April 23, 2005. Awarded the 1989 Tuskegee University Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award National Research Service Award, (NRSA) Recipient, 1977-1980 Award for best research paper presented at Regional Meeting of Food Technologists in Athens, GA, February 1970 U.S.Department of Agriculture Junior Professional Research Assistant, 1976-1977 Vari-Care Award Recipient, American Dietetic Association, 1976 Received Outstanding 1991 Graduate Award for Auburn University School of Human Sciences.

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, 204 Morrison-Mayberry Building, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088 
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