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College of Nursing

Lorraine B. Robbins, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNP-BC

  • Professor
  • PhD Program Director


Post-master's-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Michigan
National Institutes of Health Fellowship, University of Michigan
PhD, Widener University 
MSN, Emory University 
BSN, Penn State University 

Interest Areas:

Physical activity 
Adolescent health
Parent/guardian support


Robbins, L.B., Wen, F., & Ling, J. (2020). Attending after-school physical activity club 2 days a week attenuated an increase in percentage body fat and a decrease in fitness among adolescent girls at risk for obesity. American Journal of Health Promotion. doi: 10.1177/0890117120915679. [Epub ahead of print]

Robbins, L.B., Wen, F., & Ling, J. (2020). Moderators in a physical activity intervention for adolescent girls. Pediatric Research. doi: 10.1038/s41390-020-0818-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Robbins, L.B., Wen, F., & Ling, J. (2019). Mediators of physical activity behavior change in the “Girls on the Move” intervention. Nursing Research, 68(4), 257-266. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000359. PMC6602810.

Pfeiffer, K., Robbins, L. B., Ling, J., Sharma, D., Dalimonte-Merckling, D. M., Voskuil, V., R., Kaciroti, N., & Resnicow, K. (2019). Effects of the Girls on the Move randomized trial on adiposity and aerobic performance (secondary outcomes) in low income adolescent girls. Pediatric Obesity.  doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12559. PMC6982403

Robbins, L. B., Ling, J., Sharma, D. B., Dalimonte-Merckling, D. M. Voskuil, V. R., Resnicow, K., Kaciroti, N., & Pfeiffer, K. A. (2018). Intervention effects of "Girls on the Move" on increasing physical activity: A group randomized trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53(5), 493-500. doi: 10.1093/abm/kay054. PMC6322965..


R61HL144896/R33    (Robbins, PI)      09/01/2019 – 08/31/24
NIH/NHLBI $3,861,456.34
Guys/Girls Opt for Activities for Life (GOAL) Trial
Role: PI


R21NR017958           (Ling, PI)            04/01/2019 – 03/31/2021
NIH/NINR                   $426,132
Using Facebook and Participatory Learning in an Intergenerational Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Head Start Preschoolers
Role: Co-I


R-1904-144322         (Ling, PI)            01/01/2020 – 12/31/2021
Michigan Health Endowment Fund      $425,618
FirstStep2Health: An Intergenerational Program to Promote Healthy Eating Habits
Role: Co-PI.


R01NR017649          (Dunn, PI)          08/01/2018 – 5/31/2023
A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Hopelessness through Enhanced Physical Activity in Adults with Ischemic Heart Disease
Role: Consultant and Motivational Interviewing Trainer


R01CA205025         (Hoffman, PI)     09/01/2018 – 08/31/2023
The University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Omaha Division
Managing Fatigue Using Virtual Reality for Post-Operative Lung Cancer Patients
Role: Consultant