Associate Professor
Child and Family Science
California State University, Fresno
5300 N. Campus Drive,
Fresno, CA 93740


  • B.S. Psychology, University of California, San Diego,
  • M.A. Psychology, University of California, Riverside,
  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Amber Hammons

Dr. Hammons’ research interests involve the study of family interactions and health. Dr. Hammons is particularly interested in family and community factors that contribute to obesity and she takes a whole family approach in addressing these topics. Dr. Hammons is a co-principal investigator on a large-scale health promotion program for Latino families that aims to improve health through increased physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and family togetherness. She has been working with Latino families in the community since 2015 and over 100 local families have participated in the study.

Current Research

Dr. Hammons is currently working with three other sites across the nation, and the University of Puerto Rico, to conduct a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a health promotion curriculum. She is also a co-collaborator on a national obesity prevention curriculum, the Transdisciplinary Obesity Research Sciences (TOPRS) program, designed for advanced undergraduates that includes content from leading obesity experts across the nation. Her current research focuses on the development and prevention of obesity in vulnerable populations, and she has expanded her research to include college students. She is co-chair of California State University, Fresno’s Health Cohort and is working closely with the Fresno State Student Health and Counseling Center on Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthy Campus Initiative, which includes the implementation of 23 guidelines to improve the health of the campus community in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and programming over a three-year period. 

Other Publications

  • Fiese, B., Hammons, A., Koester, B., Garcia, G., Parker, L., & Teegarden, D. (2019). Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Research Sciences (TOPRS) curriculum increases knowledge about complex causes and consequences of obesity for undergraduate students. Curriculum, Instruction, and Pedagogy, Front. Public Health, 7: 232.  Doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00232
  • Hammons, A.J., Fiese, B., Koester, B., Garcia, G.L., Parker, L., & Teegarden, D. (2019). Increasing undergraduate interdisciplinary exposure through an interdisciplinary web-based video series. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Advance online
  • Hammons, A.J., Hannon, B., Teran-Garcia, M., Barragan, M., Villegas, E., Wiley, A., & Fiese, B. (2019). Effects of culturally tailored nutrition education on dietary quality of Hispanic mothers: A randomized control trial. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51, 1168-1176.
  • Hannon, B., Teran-Garcia, M., Nickols-Richardson, S.M., Musaad, S.M., Villegas, E.,
  • Hammons, A., Wiley, A., & Fiese, B.H. (2019). Design and implementation of the Abriendo Caminos Program: A randomized control trial intervention for Hispanic children through a family-focused, culturally tailored program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51, 1211-1219.  
  • Smith, N.J., McKenzie, T.I., & Hammons, A.J. (2019). International studies of physical education using SOFIT: A review. Advances in Physical Education, 9, 53-74.
  • Villegas, E., Wiley, A., Hannon, B., Teran-Garcia, M., & Hammons, A. (2018). The effects of Hispanic immigrant mother’s resiliency on children’s dietary adjustment. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health21, 778-786.
  • Hammons, A.J., & Rafael, K. (2014). Breakfast consumption and physical fitness in elementary school children. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 12(3), 88-92.
  • Bost, K., Fiese, B., Wiley, A., McBride, B., Hammons, A., & Wittenauer, A. (2014). The role of caregiver attachment in preschool children’s food consumption: Emotion regulation as a mediator. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics35, 50-61.
  • Herzig, L., Hammons, A.J., Matson, S. (2013). Variations in weight control behaviors and body image dissatisfaction among preadolescents in a low-income community in Fresno, California. Californian Journal of Health Promotion11(3), 80-85.
  • Hammons, A.J., Wiley, A., Fiese, B., & Teran, M. (2013). Six week Latino family prevention program effective at promoting healthy and reducing obesogenic behaviors. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(6):745-50.
  • Fiese, B.H., Hammons, A., Grigsby-Toussaint, D. (2012). Family Mealtimes: A contextual approach to understanding childhood obesity. Economics and Human Biology10, 365-74. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2012.04.004.
  • Hammons, A.J., & Fiese, B. (2011). Is the frequency of family meals related to the health of children and adolescents? A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. doi/10.1542/peds.2010-1440.
  • Hammons, A.J., & Fiese, B. (2010). Mealtime interactions in families of a child with cystic fibrosis: A meta-analysis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 9, 377-384. 
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