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)

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

Associations Between Rurality, pre-pregnancy Health Status, and Macrosomia in American Indian/Alaska Native Populations.
(2022 Dec)
Matern Child Health J 26(12): 2454-2465
Hiratsuka VY, Reid M, Chang J, Jiang L, Brega AG, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Huyser KR, Johnson-Jennings M, Conway C, Steiner JF, Rockell J, Dillard DA, Moore K, Manson SM, O'Connell J

Social Determinants of Health and Body Mass Index in American Indian/Alaska Native Children.
(2023 Jul)
Child Obes 19(5): 341-352
Fyfe-Johnson AL, Reid MM, Jiang L, Chang JJ, Huyser KR, Hiratsuka VY, Johnson-Jennings MD, Conway CM, Goins TR, Sinclair KA, Steiner JF, Brega AG, Manson SM, O'Connell J

An Intervention to Increase Outdoor Play in Early Childhood Education Centers (PROmoting Early Childhood Outside): Protocol for a Pilot Wait-list Control Cluster Randomized Trial.
(2022 Jul 12)
JMIR Res Protoc 11(7): e38365
Ramsden R, Han CS, Mount D, Loebach J, Cox A, Herrington S, Bundy A, Fyfe-Johnson A, Sandseter EBH, Stone M, Tremblay MS, Brussoni M

Social determinants of obesity in American Indian and Alaska Native peoples aged ≥ 50 years.
(2022 Apr 22)
Public Health Nutr 25(8): 1-30
Goins RT, Conway C, Reid M, Jiang L, Chang J, Huyser KR, Brega AG, Steiner JF, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Johnson-Jennings M, Hiratsuka V, Manson SM, O'Connell J

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