Dr Fiona Ling’s research focuses on the psychological self-regulatory mechanisms that underpin health behavioural change and the development of metabolic health over childhood in cross-cultural contexts.

Fiona's current research domains in coping style and conscious attention to body movements have uniquely placed her works within the translational realms of physical activity/sport participation and public health research. Through her interdisciplinary enquiries, Fiona seeks to design and implement psychological/physical activity interventions that promote long-term health behavioural change and metabolic health in young children.

While Fiona's previous works centered in school-based intervention initiatives to promote physical activity in children, her current direction focuses on psychosocial mechanisms that might contribute to physical activity/sedentary behaviours. Fiona’s expertise also includes scale development and a mixed-method approach to her research with young children.

Fiona is a Registered Psychologist, Certified Children Fitness Instructor and Certified Level II - Exercise to Music Instructor.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Ling, F.C.M., Maxwell, J.P., McManus, A.M., Masters, R.S.W., & Polman, R.C.J. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Movement Specific Reinvestment Scale for Chinese Children (MSRS-CC). International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2015.1016087.

Ling, F.C.M., McManus, A.M., Masters, R.S.W., & Polman, R.C.J. (2014). How useful is the Rehearsal Scale for Children – Chinese in measuring emotional rehearsal in pre-adolescents of different ages? Southeast Asian Psychology Journal, 2, 1-19.

Knowles, G., Ling, F.C.M., Thomas, G.N., Adab, P., & McManus, A.M. (2014). Body size dissatisfaction among young Chinese children in Hong Kong: a cross sectional study. Public Health Nutrition, doi:10.1017/S1368980014000810.

Ling, F.C.M., McManus, A.M., Knowles, G., Masters, R.S.W., & Polman, R.C.J. (2013). Do children emotionally rehearse about their body image? Journal of Health Psychology, ahead of print.

Ling, F.C.M., Masters, R.S.W., Yu, C.C.W., & McManus, A. M. (2011). Central adiposity and the propensity for rehearsal in children. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & Obesity: Targets & Therapy, 4, 225-228.

Book chapter

Polman, R.C.J., Ling, F.C.M., & Borkoles, E.B. (2014). Physical activity behaviour in the tropics. In A. Edwards and A. Leicht (ed.), Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Abstracts in conference proceedings

Ling, F.C.M., McManus, A.M., & Masters, R.S.W., & Polman, R.C.J. (2014, May). Are negative thoughts about physical activity stopping children from being active? Paper presented at the 21st European Congress on Obesity, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ling, F.C.M., McManus, A.M., & Masters, R.S.W., & Polman, R.C.J. (2014, Apr). Cultural considerations in health promotion – meaning of health and intrinsic factors affecting physical activity participation in Chinese children. Paper presented at the 5th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ling, F.C.M., McManus, A.M., & Masters, R.S.W., & Polman, R.C.J. (2013, Nov). Do seasonal variations in habitual physical activity apply to Hong Kong children? Paper presented at the Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics, Cairns, Australia (oral presentation).

Ling, F.C.M., McManus, A.M., Masters, R.S.W., & Polman, R.C.J. (2013, Oct). Cultural considerations in physical activity participation: Perspectives from Chinese pre-adolescents. Paper presented at the Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

Ling, F.C.M., McManus, A.M., Masters, R.S.W., Morris, T., & Polman, R.C.J. (2013, May). Physical activity behaviour and propensity for conscious control of body movements in children.Paper presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2013, Ghent, Belgium.

Major recent project

Determinants of Diet & Physical Activity Knowledge Hub (Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub (DEDIPAC KH) European Consortium; https://www.dedipac.eu/)

Other major achievements

Australian Competitive Research Symposium 2012, 2013

  • Overall Winner - National Final 2013
  • First (Health category) - National Final 2013
  • First (Health category) - Victoria University heat 2013
  • First (Health category) - Victoria University heat 2012
  • 2nd runner-up (Health category) - National Final 2012

The 3rd HKASMSS Student Conference on Sport Medicine, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science (Hong Kong) 2010

  • Best Paper in Physical Activity Award
  • Best Overall Paper Award

Areas of expertise

  • Cross-cultural research
  • Mixed-methods interdisciplinary research
  • Motor learning/control and its impact on physical activity behaviour/sport participation in children
  • Psychological and physical interventions
  • Psychological self-regulatory mechanisms (e.g. rumination and avoidance
  • Psychometric scale development
  • underlying health behavioural change and metabolic health in children)
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