Office: FFS 203
Education: B.S. Psychology, University of California, San Diego,
M.A. Psychology, University of California, Riverside,
Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Experience and Research: Before coming to Fresno State, Amber was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. She was a co-coordinator of a 6-week prevention program that aimed to increase healthy behaviors in Latino families with 5 to 13 year old children increasing physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and family togetherness. She also worked on a pilot study called Connect for Health through which college students were connected with elementary school children in an afterschool program to increase physical activity. She studied the effects of the program on children's fitness as well as academic achievement. Her research interests involve the study of family interactions and child health. Amber is particularly interested in family and community factors that contribute to obesity and takes a whole family approach in addressing these topics. Her current research focuses on the development and prevention of obesity in vulnerable populations.