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Dr Chun Man Ling

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Fiona is a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology. She completed her BSc in Psychology at Royal Holloway College (University of London), Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology at University of Queensland and PhD at The University of Hong Kong. Before joining Northumbria University in 2018, Fiona undertook postdoctoral work at Victoria University (Melbourne) and University of Limerick, and was a Lecturer at Bournemouth University. While completing her Master’s study, Fiona primarily worked with state and national athletes and artistic performers as a Sport Psychologist in Australia, and her expertise extended to Exercise Psychology (physical activity behaviour and health) while she was embarking on her PhD. Fiona is a Chartered Psychologist under the Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology and the Division of Health Psychology (British Psychological Society).

Fiona has been involved in education at various levels, from kindergarten to higher education, and had been a Teacher of English to children for more than a decade prior to her teaching at universities. She has taught Sport & Exercise Psychology, physical activity and health and research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  She is also a qualified Children Fitness Instructor (Institute of Medicine, Australia), Strength & Conditioning Coach (Australia) and Exercise to Music Instructor (UK). She provided consultancy on a physical activity programme to the Child Obesity Clinic at a local hospital, as well as adapted and modified a fundamental movement skill assessment for a kindergarten group (Hong Kong). She has also been active in engaging the public with her research work, through delivering talks and coordinating activities on children’s heart health at local schools (Hong Kong/UK) and local/national events such as Pint of Science and Festival of Learning (Bournemouth).

Chun Man Ling

Campus Address

Room 232
Northumberland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Fiona has longstanding interests in the self-regulatory mechanisms and implicit processes that underpin physical activity behaviour and the development of metabolic health in youth. Her research interests span from psychosocial to psychophysiological factors that govern behaviour change, specifically, stress responses, emotion coping, inhibitory control and motivation. These focuses have uniquely placed her works within the translational realms of physical activity/exercise participation and public health domain. Through interdisciplinary enquiries, Fiona seeks to design and implement psychological/physical activity interventions that promote long-term health behaviour change, psychological well-being and metabolic health in youth.

Fiona has coordinated and conducted small-scale to Pan European cross-sectional studies involving 13 EU countries (Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub; DEDIPAC KH) as well as territory-wide randomized controlled physical activity interventions. Her research also extends to factors that impact motor learning and performance applicable to coaching and rehabilitation, e.g. conscious control of body movements (termed ‘movement reinvestment’) and teaching games for understanding. Fiona’s expertise also includes psychometric scale development, mixed-method research and cross-cultural psychology in young children. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploring correlates of physical activity behaviour in UK children and their inter-relationships using a multidisciplinary approach: A concept mapping study, Khudair, M., Tempest, G., Condello, G., Capranica, L., Hettinga, F., Ling, F. 7 Jan 2024, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • A transdisciplinary approach to the Determinants of Physical Activities in Settings: A COST EU Action that bridges the knowledge-practice gap, Sohun, R., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L., Rocha, P., Cortis, C., Mork, P., Jose, R., Gebremariam, M., de Geus, E., Van Der Ploeg, H., Cingiene, V., Murphy, M., Cardon, G., Ling, F., Masanovic, B. 4 Jul 2023, Book of Abstracts: AIESEP 2023, Santiago, Chile, AIESEP
  • Coaching styles and sports motivation in athletes with and without Intellectual Impairments, Sakalidis, K., Hettinga, F., Ling, C. 22 Dec 2023, In: PLoS One
  • Cultural considerations in health messaging for physical activity interventions – A comparison of the meaning of health to Chinese and UK school-aged children, Ling, F., Cheung, E. 17 Jun 2023, 22nd Annual Meeting of International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
  • Determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children and adolescents with disabilities: A narrative review, Yu, J., Wang, W., Peric, R., Khudair, M., Brazo-Sayavera, J., Lopez-Gil, J., Sakalidis, K., Aija, K., Marcuzzi, A., Tempest, G., Brandes, M., Carlin, A., Ciaccioni, S., Cortis, C., Corvino, C., Di Credico, A., Drid, P., Galle, F., Izzicupo, P., Jahre, H., Kolovelonis, A., Kongsvold, A., Kouidi, E., Mork, P., Palumbo, F., Rumbold, P., Stavnsbo, M., Syrmpas, I., Vilela, S., Woods, C., Wunsch, K., Capranica, L., MacDonncha, C., Ling, F., Ng, K. Jun 2023, The 24th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity
  • Development and validation of Physical Activity-Specific Rumination Scale for Children through UK children’s voice, Ling, F., Simmons, J., Horton, M. 2 Jan 2023, In: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • The role of the social environment in inclusive sports participation—Identifying similarities and challenges in athletes with and without Intellectual Disabilities through coaches’ eyes:: A qualitative inquiry, Sakalidis, K., Fadeeva, A., Hettinga, F., Ling, F. 11 Jan 2023, In: PLoS One
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Understanding Children's Cycling Behavior From the Socio-Ecological Perspective, Yesiltepe, D., Pepping, R., Ling, F., Tempest, G., Mauw, S., Janssen, M., Hettinga, F. 29 Mar 2022, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Coaches’ interpersonal styles and the motivational differences between athletes with and without Intellectual Impairment, Sakalidis, K., Hettinga, F., Ling, F. Jun 2022, European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity 2022
  • DE-PASS Best Evidence Statement (BESt): Modifiable determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents aged 5-19 years– A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis, Khudair, M., Marcuzzi, A., Ng, K., Tempest, G., Bartoš, F., Peric, R., Maier, M., Beccia, F., Boccia, S., Brandes, M., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Castagna, C., Chaabene, H., Chalkley, A., Ciaccioni, S., Cieślińska-Świder, J., Čingienė, V., Cortis, C., Corvino, C., de Geus, E., Di Baldassarre, A., Di Credico, A., Drid, P., Fernandez Tarazaga, R., Gallè, F., García Sánchez, E., Gebremariam, M., Ghinassi, B., Goudas, M., Hayes, G., Honorio, S., Izzicupo, P., Jahre, H., Jelsma, J., Juric, P., Kolovelonis, A., Kongsvold, A., Kouidi, E., Mansergh, F., Masanovic, B., Mekonnen, T., Jarle Mork, P., Murphy, M., O'Hara, K., Ozbil Torun, A., Palumbo, F., Popovic, S., Prieske, O., Puharic, Z., Ribeiro, J., Rumbold, P., Sandu, P., Sorić, M., Stavnsbo, M., Syrmpas, I., Van Der Ploeg, H., Van Hoye, A., Vilela, S., Woods, C., Wunsch, K., Capranica, L., MacDonncha, C., Ling, F. 20 Sep 2022, In: BMJ Open

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: ACU Fellowship 2019 (The Association of Commonwealth Universities) 2020
  • Other: Newton Fund for China-UK Young Researcher Bilateral Workshop on Mental Health Technologies 2018 2018
  • Invited talk: Self-regulatory mechanisms associated with physical activity behaviour in children and potential applications of monitoring technology. 2018

Mohammed Khudair Exploring automatic processes underlying the regulation of physical activity behaviour in children Start Date: 18/01/2021

  • Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Psychology PhD
  • Psychology MSc
  • Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Division of Health Psychology & Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology CPsychol
  • Children Fitness Instructor Certification Level II (Institute of Medicine, Australia)
  • Psychologist (Australian Health Professional Registration Agency)
  • Scotland/National Vocational Qualification (S/NVQ) Level II Exercise to Music Instructor (UK)
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


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