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Bernard Frank Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH, MS

Associate Professor in Community and Family Medicine
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Department / Division
Community and Family Medicine / CFM - Research and Education

2200 West Main Street, Suite 600
DUMC Box 104006
Durham, NC 27710

Office Telephone:
(919) 681-7171


  • PhD, Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, 2001
  • MPH, Harvard University, 2003
  • MS, Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, 1998

Research Interests:
Unhealthy lifestyle factors, such as alcohol and tobacco use, poor dietary intake, lack of physical activity, and high body mass index are the leading causes of cancer and chronic disease. The prevention of such diseases will be advanced through a more thorough understanding of the complex determinants of these lifestyle factors and the development of novel interventions that help change individual behavior for the better. Dr. Fuemmeler"s program of research takes a lifespan epidemiologic approach toward understanding the determinants contributing to child and adolescent health behaviors, and ultimately to adult chronic disease, as well as seeks to develop innovative intervention strategies to promote health in children, adolescents and their families.

Dr. Fuemmeler also has strong interests in the use of mobile health (mHealth) for improving patient self-management and adherence and is co-director of the mHealth@duke colloquium series. This is an interdisciplinary group sponsered by the School of Medicine designed to bring together mHealth researchers at Duke and the Durham Community. See our blog for more details

Current Grant Funding
Elucidating links between ADHD symptoms and tobacco/alcohol use trajectories
PI: Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Grant Number: 1R01 DA030487 – 01
Period: 9/15/2010 – 8/31/2013
The purpose of the grant is to analyze extant longitudinal data from 2 nationally representative databases. Using traditional and innovative/advanced analytic methods for identifying population subgroups and dynamic processes of substance use we are identifying how inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behaviors relate to risk for tobacco and alcohol use in early adolescence and adulthood.
Role: PI

Elucidating links between ADHD symptoms and tobacco/alcohol use trajectories - Supplement
PI: Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Grant Number: 1R01 DA030487 – 01
Period: 9/15/2010 – 8/31/2013
This is a diversity supplement that will support Dr. Trenette Clark, Assistant Professor, UNC to work on epidemiology of substance use in relation to the parent R01. Dr. Clark will be examining race/ethnicity and smoking trajectories
Role: PI

FitFab 4 Survivors
PI Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant Number: 1R21CA155965-01A1
Period 7/01/2011 – 6/30/2013
The objective of this proposal is to develop an innovative and unique intervention that supports healthy dietary intake, physical activity and healthy weight maintenance among adolescent cancer survivors who are at least 2 years off treatment. The 16 week intervention will include the use a specialized smartphone application (app) and weekly supportive counseling. The app will include tools for self-monitoring of diet and physical activity, the use of rewards, and will incorporate social-networking features which will allow participants to connect with and support one another through the intervention period.
Role: PI

Epigenetic influence on early childhood self-regulation capacities and obesity
PI: Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Grant Number: 1R21AG041048-01
Period: 9/30/2011 – 8/29/2013
Self-regulation failures, such as impulsivity, could make some children vulnerable to obesity. A better understanding of the types of self-regulation failures relevant to childhood obesity, as well as the underlying basic mechanism leading to these self-regulation failures could enhance prevention and treatment efforts. This study will clarify the association that self-regulation capacities have with childhood obesity as well as determine the degree to which epigenetic changes acquired prenatally ar


  • Fuemmeler, BF; Pendzich, MK; Clark, K; Lovelady, C; Rosoff, P; Blatt, J; Demark-Wahnefried, W. Diet, physical activity, and body composition changes during the first year of treatment for childhood acute leukemia and lymphoma. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2013;35:437-443. Abstract

  • Bidwell, LC; Garrett, ME; McClernon, FJ; Fuemmeler, BF; Williams, RB; Ashley-Koch, AE; Kollins, SH. A preliminary analysis of interactions between genotype, retrospective ADHD symptoms, and initial reactions to smoking in a sample of young adults. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2012;14:229-233. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Yang, C; Costanzo, P; Hoyle, RH; Siegler, IC; Williams, RB; Ostbye, T. Parenting styles and body mass index trajectories from adolescence to adulthood. Health Psychology. 2012;31:441-449. Abstract

  • Liu, Y; Murphy, SK; Murtha, AP; Fuemmeler, BF; Schildkraut, J; Huang, Z; Overcash, F; Kurtzberg, J; Jirtle, R; Iversen, ES; Forman, MR; Hoyo, C. Depression in pregnancy, infant birth weight and DNA methylation of imprint regulatory elements. Epigenetics. 2012;7:735-746. Abstract

  • Ranby, KW; Boynton, MH; Kollins, SH; McClernon, FJ; Yang, C; Fuemmeler, BF. Understanding the phenotypic structure of adult retrospective ADHD symptoms during childhood in the United States. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2012;41:261-274. Abstract

  • Agurs-Collins, T; Fuemmeler, BF. Dopamine polymorphisms and depressive symptoms predict foods intake. Results from a nationally representative sample. Appetite. 2011;57:339-348. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Anderson, CB; Mâsse, LC. Parent-child relationship of directly measured physical activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2011;8:17. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Řstbye, T; Yang, C; McClernon, FJ; Kollins, SH. Association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and obesity and hypertension in early adulthood: a population-based study. International Journal of Obesity. 2011;35:852-862. Abstract

  • Dedert, EA; Becker, ME; Fuemmeler, BF; Braxton, LE; Calhoun, PS; Beckham, JC. Childhood traumatic stress and obesity in women: the intervening effects of PTSD and MDD. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2010;23:785-763. Abstract

  • Anderson, CB; Hughes, SO; Fuemmeler, BF. Parent-child attitude congruence on type and intensity of physical activity: testing multiple mediators of sedentary behavior in older children. Health Psychology. 2009;28:428-438. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Agurs-Collins, T; McClernon, FJ; Kollins, SH; Garrett, ME; Ashley-Koch, AE. Interactions between genotype and depressive symptoms on obesity. Behavior Genetics: an international journal devoted to research in the inheritance of behavior in animals and man. 2009;39:296-305. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Dedert, E; McClernon, FJ; Beckham, JC. Adverse childhood events are associated with obesity and disordered eating: results from a U.S. population-based survey of young adults. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2009;22:329-333. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Pendzich, MK; Tercyak, KP. Weight, dietary behavior, and physical activity in childhood and adolescence: implications for adult cancer risk. Obesity Facts: the European journal of obesity. 2009;2:179-186. Abstract

  • Quinlan, NP; Kolotkin, RL; Fuemmeler, BF; Costanzo, PR. Psychosocial outcomes in a weight loss camp for overweight youth. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. 2009;4:134-142. Abstract

  • Chang, S; Mâsse, LC; Moser, RP; Dodd, KW; Arganaraz, F; Fuemmler, BF; Jemal, A. State ranks of incident cancer burden due to overweight and obesity in the United States, 2003. Obesity. 2008;16:1636-1650. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Agurs-Collins, TD; McClernon, FJ; Kollins, SH; Kail, ME; Bergen, AW; Ashley-Koch, AE. Genes implicated in serotonergic and dopaminergic functioning predict BMI categories. Obesity. 2008;16:348-355. Abstract

  • McClernon, FJ; Fuemmeler, BF; Kollins, SH; Kail, ME; Ashley-Koch, AE. Interactions between genotype and retrospective ADHD symptoms predict lifetime smoking risk in a sample of young adults. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2008;10:117-127. Abstract

  • Mosher, CE; Fuemmeler, BF; Sloane, R; Kraus, WE; Lobach, DF; Snyder, DC; Demark-Wahnefried, W. Change in self-efficacy partially mediates the effects of the FRESH START intervention on cancer survivors' dietary outcomes. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer. 2008;17:1014-1023. Abstract

  • Roberts, ME; Fuemmeler, BF; McClernon, FJ; Beckham, JC. Association between trauma exposure and smoking in a population-based sample of young adults. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2008;42:266-274. Abstract

  • Brown, RT; Fuemmeler, B; Anderson, D; Jamieson, S; Simonian, S; Hall, RK; Brescia, F. Adjustment of children and their mothers with breast cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2007;32:297-308. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Baffi, C; Mâsse, LC; Atienza, AA; Evans, WD. Employer and healthcare policy interventions aimed at adult obesity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007;32:44-51. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Kollins, SH; McClernon, FJ. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms predict nicotine dependence and progression to regular smoking from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2007;32:1203-1213. Abstract

  • Elkin, TD; Wollan, MO; Anderson, SL; Gaston, R; Meyer, W; Fuemmeler, BF; Holloway, FA; Martin, RE. Dietary essential fatty acids and gender-specific behavioral responses in cranially irradiated rats. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2006;2:365-374. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Mâsse, LC; Yaroch, AL; Resnicow, K; Campbell, MK; Carr, C; Wang, T; Williams, A. Psychosocial mediation of fruit and vegetable consumption in the body and soul effectiveness trial. Health Psychology. 2006;25:474-483. Abstract

  • Kollins, SH; McClernon, FJ; Fuemmeler, BF. Association between smoking and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in a population-based sample of young adults. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005;62:1142-1147. Abstract

  • Meyer, EA; Fuemmeler, BF. Commentary: psychosocial functioning of children and adolescents surviving cancer: the junior investigators' perspective. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2005;30:47-49. Abstract

  • Mâsse, LC; Fuemmeler, BF; Anderson, CB; Matthews, CE; Trost, SG; Catellier, DJ; Treuth, M. Accelerometer data reduction: a comparison of four reduction algorithms on select outcome variables. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2005;37:S544-S554. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF. Bridging disciplines: an introduction to the special issue on public health and pediatric psychology. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2004;29:405-414. Abstract

  • Wiecha, JL; El Ayadi, AM; Fuemmeler, BF; Carter, JE; Handler, S; Johnson, S; Strunk, N; Korzec-Ramirez, D; Gortmaker, SL. Diffusion of an integrated health education program in an urban school system: planet health. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2004;29:467-474. Abstract

  • Fuemmeler, BF; Elkin, TD; Mullins, LL. Survivors of childhood brain tumors: behavioral, emotional, and social adjustment. Clinical Psychology Review. 2002;22:547-585. Abstract

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