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Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Amber Hammons Meta-Analysis of Family Mealtimes Published in Journal of Pediatrics

5/2/2011  8:00 am

FRC's Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Amber Hammons Meta-Analysis of Family Mealtimes is being published in the Journal of Pediatrics eFirst pages.  The paper is a meta-analysis which examines if the frequency of shared family meals are related to the nutritional health of children and adolescents.  The article can be found on the eFirst Pediatrics website here.  Read Dr. Lewis First's blog about the article in the official Journal of Pediatrics blog here.

Dr. Hammons joined the Family Resiliency Center in 2009 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.  Dr. Hammons received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and an M.A. and and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Amber Hammons examines the positive effects of family experiences on child, adolescent and emergent adulthood outcomes. Dr. Hammons is interested in understanding family processes that promote resilience and well-being in vulnerable families through several projects at the Family Resiliency Center. These include evaluating the impact of an intervention with Latino families aimed at reducing childhood obesity; investigating mealtime interactions and potential contributors to childhood obesity; and performing a meta-analysis on family mealtimes and various positive outcomes.