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Jiying Ling, PhD, RN

  • Associate professor


PhD, University of Louisville
MS, University of Louisville
BSN, Shandong University (China)

Interest Areas:

Early childhood obesity prevention and intervention
Healthy lifestyle behavior intervention
Chronic stress (hair cortisol), obesity and lifestyle behaviors
Stress management in lifestyle behavior interventions


Ling, J., Xu, D., Robbins, L. B., & Meyer, J. S. (2020 Jan.). Does hair cortisol really reflect perceived stress? Findings from low-income mother-preschooler dyads. Psychneuroendocrinology, 111, 104478. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.104478 (IF: 4.013)

Ling, J., Robbins, L. B., & Xu, D. (2019 Jul. Epub ahead of print, MNRS/WJNR best faculty paper award). Food security status and hair cortisol among low-income mother-child dyads. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi:10.1177/0193945919867112

Ling, J., Zahry, N., & Robbins, L. B. (2019 Jul-Aug.). Dose-response relationship in a healthy habits study for Head Start preschoolers. Nursing Research, 68(4), 329-335. doi:10.1097/NNR.0000000000000345

Ling, J., & Stommel, M. (2019 Jan.). Parental and self-weight perceptions in U.S. children and adolescents, NHANES, 2005-2014. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 41(1), 42-57. doi:10.1177/0193945918758274

Ling, J., Robbins, L. B., Zhang, N., Kerver, J. M., Lyons, H., Wieber, N., & Zhang, M. (2018 Nov.). Using Facebook in a healthy lifestyle intervention: Feasibility and preliminary efficacy. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(12), 1818-1842. doi:10.1177/0193945918756870



9/30/2019-8/31/2024 - Co-Investigator (5% effort); Guys/Girls Opt for Activities for Life (GOAL) Trial. Funding: NIH/NHLBI R61HL144896/R33, $3,861,457

1/1/2020-12/31/2021 - Principal Investigator (25% effort); Happy Family, Healthy Kids: An Intergenerational Program to Promote Healthy Eating Habits. Funding: Michigan Health Endowment Fund, $425,618 (direct cost: $386,926)

9/20/2019-8/31/2021 - Principal Investigator (25% effort); Using Facebook and Participatory Learning in an Intergenerational Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Head Start Preschoolers. Funding: NIH R21NR017958 (funded by the Office of the Director [OD] and National Institute of Nursing Research [NINR], National Institute of Health), $430,375 (direct cost: $275,000)