Bernard Frank Fuemmeler

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine

Education & Training

  • M.P.H., Harvard University 2003

  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University at Stillwater 2001

  • M.S., Oklahoma State University at Stillwater 1998


Unhealthy lifestyle factors, such as 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 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. Ongoing research is investigating the prenatal and early childhood factors associated with neurodevelopmental self-regulation capacity and its relation to early childhood obesity 

Dr. Fuemmeler also has strong interests in the use of digital and mobile health (mHealth) and is Director of the mHealth@duke consortium. This is an multidisciplinary student and faculty organization designed accelerate mHealth researchers at Duke and the Durham Community. See our blog for more details

Chawla, D, Fuemmeler, B, Benjamin-Neelon, SE, Hoyo, C, Murphy, S, and Daniels, JL. "Early prenatal vitamin D concentrations and social-emotional development in infants." The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians (December 2017): 1-8. Full Text

Sanchez, CE, Barry, C, Sabhlok, A, Russell, K, Majors, A, Kollins, SH, and Fuemmeler, BF. "Maternal pre-pregnancy obesity and child neurodevelopmental outcomes: a meta-analysis." Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity (November 22, 2017). (Review) Full Text

McCullough, LE, Miller, EE, Calderwood, LE, Shivappa, N, Steck, SE, Forman, MR, A Mendez, M, Maguire, R, Fuemmeler, BF, Kollins, SH, D Bilbo, S, Huang, Z, Murtha, AP, Murphy, SK, Hébert, JR, and Hoyo, C. "Maternal inflammatory diet and adverse pregnancy outcomes: Circulating cytokines and genomic imprinting as potential regulators?." Epigenetics 12.8 (August 2017): 688-697. Full Text

Fuemmeler, BF, Behrman, P, Taylor, M, Sokol, R, Rothman, E, Jacobson, LT, Wischenka, D, and Tercyak, KP. "Child and family health in the era of prevention: new opportunities and challenges." Journal of behavioral medicine 40.1 (February 2017): 159-174. (Review) Full Text

Fuemmeler, BF, Wang, L, Iversen, ES, Maguire, R, Murphy, SK, and Hoyo, C. "Association between Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Gestational Weight Gain with Size, Tempo, and Velocity of Infant Growth: Analysis of the Newborn Epigenetic Study Cohort." Childhood obesity (Print) 12.3 (June 2016): 210-218. Full Text

Joubert, BR, Felix, JF, Yousefi, P, Bakulski, KM, Just, AC, Breton, C, Reese, SE, Markunas, CA, Richmond, RC, Xu, C-J, Küpers, LK, Oh, SS, Hoyo, C, Gruzieva, O, Söderhäll, C, Salas, LA, Baïz, N, Zhang, H, Lepeule, J, Ruiz, C, Ligthart, S, Wang, T, Taylor, JA, Duijts, L, Sharp, GC, Jankipersadsing, SA, Nilsen, RM, Vaez, A, Fallin, MD, Hu, D, Litonjua, AA, Fuemmeler, BF, Huen, K, Kere, J, Kull, I, Munthe-Kaas, MC, Gehring, U, Bustamante, M, Saurel-Coubizolles, MJ, Quraishi, BM, Ren, J, and Tost, J et al. "DNA Methylation in Newborns and Maternal Smoking in Pregnancy: Genome-wide Consortium Meta-analysis." American journal of human genetics 98.4 (April 2016): 680-696. Full Text

Fuemmeler, BF, Lee, C-T, Soubry, A, Iversen, ES, Huang, Z, Murtha, AP, Schildkraut, JM, Jirtle, RL, Murphy, SK, and Hoyo, C. "DNA Methylation of Regulatory Regions of Imprinted Genes at Birth and Its Relation to Infant Temperament." Genetics & epigenetics 8 (January 2016): 59-67.

Daniel, CL, Emmons, KM, Fasciano, K, Fuemmeler, BF, and Demark-Wahnefried, W. "Needs and Lifestyle Challenges of Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer: Summary of an Institute of Medicine and Livestrong Foundation Workshop." Clinical journal of oncology nursing 19.6 (December 2015): 675-681. (Review) Full Text

Fuemmeler, BF, Stroo, M, Lee, C-T, Bazemore, S, Blocker, B, and Østbye, T. "Racial Differences in Obesity-Related Risk Factors Between 2-Year-Old Children Born of Overweight Mothers." Journal of pediatric psychology 40.7 (August 2015): 649-656. Full Text

Clark, TT, Yang, C, McClernon, FJ, and Fuemmeler, BF. "Racial differences in parenting style typologies and heavy episodic drinking trajectories." Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 34.7 (July 2015): 697-708. Full Text


Bidwell, LC, Garrett, ME, McClernon, FJ, Fuemmeler, BF, Williams, RB, Ashley-Koch, AE, and Kollins, SH. "Genotype and ADHD symptoms interact to predict adolescents' early smoking experiences in an epidemiological sample." November 2011.

McDuffie, J, Corsino, L, Fuemmeler, BF, Kotch, J, Coeytaux, RR, Murphy, G, Reese, D, and Yancy, WS. "Assessing Barriers and Facilitators to Weight Reduction: A Community's Perspective." November 2011.

McClernon, FJ, Lutz, A, Kozink, R, Froeliger, B, Martin, CK, Fuemmeler, BF, and Westman, EC. "Does Macronutrient Content Matter? Results of a Preliminary fMRI Study of Visual Food Cue Reactivity." November 2009.

Fuemmeler, BF, Pendzich, M, Zucker, N, and Ostbye, T. "Racial Disparities in the Effect of Parental Obesity on Toddler Adiposity." November 2009.

Fuemmeler, BF, Pendzich, MK, Moriarty, L, Street, EE, Lovelady, C, and Ostbye, T. "Parental feeding styles and child eating behaviors correlate with dietary intake and BMI of 2-year old children of overweight mothers." May 2008.

Selected Grants

Normalizing preteen HPV vaccination with practice-based communication strategies awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Steps to Health: Targeting Obesity in the Health Care Workplace awarded by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2016

Epigenetic influence on early childhood self-regulation capacities and obesity awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Elucidating links between ADHD symptoms and tobacco/alcohol use trajectories awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014

FitFab 4 Survivors awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Elucidating Links Between ADHD Symptoms and Tobacco/Alcohol Use Trajectories awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2013

Intergenerational Research on Obesity Prevention: From Correlates to Intervention awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2012

Promoting Postpartum Weight Loss in Overweight Women awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2003 to 2009