Amber Fyfe-Johnson

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


BA Biology, Whitman College, 1999
ND Medicine, Bastyr University, 2005
PhD Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2017




Amber Fyfe-Johnson, ND, PhD (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at Washington State University and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Her work is centered at the intersection of social determinants of health, outdoor nature-based exposures, and pediatric health equity. Trained in pediatrics and cardiovascular disease epidemiology, Dr. Fyfe-Johnson prioritizes evaluating the influence of exposure to nature on health behaviors, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and other physical and mental health outcomes in pediatric populations. Her work has three primary objectives. First, to explore the biological and social mechanisms by which early life adversity influences physical and mental health, and how exposure to nature acts as a protective factor. Specifically, how nature-based built environments and community contextual features influence stress, accelerated biological aging, and resilience in youth facing adversity. Second, to test interventions targeting pediatric health equity, specifically nature-based interventions that improve physical and mental health in youth facing financial instability and youth communities of color. Third, to inform policy decision-making to promote equitable access to nature, and the benefits thereof, for all children. Ultimately, Dr. Fyfe-Johnson’s research centers on social and environmental justice to optimize health equity in underrepresented youth and pediatric populations facing adversity.

Research Interests

pediatric health equity, early life adversity, stress, outdoor nature-based exposures, intersection of environmental and social justice, gut microbiome

Recent Publications (PubMed)

The cost-efficacy of a healthy food box for managing hypertension within a native American population: a group randomized controlled trial.
(2024 Apr 26)
Arch Public Health 82(1): 59
Henderson A, Rosenman R, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Taniguchi T, Standridge J, Shackleford T, Muller CJ, Umans JG, Jernigan VBB

The Cost-Efficacy of a Healthy Food Box for Managing Hypertension Within a Native American Population: The Chickasaw Healthy Eating Environment Research Study.
(2024 Feb 1)
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Henderson A, Rosenman R, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Taniguchi T, Standridge J, Shackleford T, Muller CJ, Umans JG, Jernigan VBB

Identifying Challenges and Solutions to Early Childhood Education and the Perceived Importance of Outdoor Time: A Mixed Methods Approach in a Socioeconomically Diverse Population.
(2023 Dec 12)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 20(24):
Butcher MB, Haakenstad MK, Noonan CJ, Fyfe-Johnson AL

Outdoor Time in Childhood: A Mixed Methods Approach to Identify Barriers and Opportunities for Intervention in a Racially and Ethnically Mixed Population.
(2023 Dec 6)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 20(24):
Haakenstad MK, Butcher MB, Noonan CJ, Fyfe-Johnson AL

American Indian Alaska Native (AIAN) adolescents and obesity: the influence of social determinants of health, mental health, and substance use.
(2023 Apr)
Int J Obes (Lond) 47(4): 297-305
Johnson-Jennings MD, Reid M, Jiang L, Huyser KR, Brega AG, Steine JF, Manson SM, Chang J, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Hiratsuka V, Conway C, O'Connell J

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