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Dr Fiona 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).

Fiona Ling

Campus Address

Room 232
Northumberland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Key Publications

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  • Biological determinants of physical activity across the life course, Aleksovska, K., Puggina, A., Giraldi, L., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Chantal, S., Ciarapica, D., Colotto, M., Condello, G., Coppinger, T., Cortis, C., D'Haese, S., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Ling, F., Luzak, A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, J., Perchoux, C., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi, W., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L., Boccia, S. 8 Jan 2019, In: Sports Medicine - Open
  • Confirmation of psychometric properties of the Movement Specific Reinvestment Scale for Children (MSRS-C), Ling, F., Buszard, T., Rudd, J., Polman, R. 2019, In: European Journal of Sports and Exercise Science
  • Associations of self-reported physical activity and depression in 10,000 Irish adults across harmonised datasets, Mc Dowell, C., Carlin, A., Capranica, L., Dillon, C., Harrington, J., Lakerveld, J., Loyen, A., Ling, F., Brug, J., MacDonncha, C., Herring, M. 1 Jul 2018, In: BMC Public Health
  • Data on Determinants Are Needed to Curb the Sedentary Epidemic in Europe. Lessons Learnt from the DEDIPAC European Knowledge Hub, De Craemer, M., Chastin, S., Ahrens, W., Bernaards, C., Brug, J., Buck, C., Cardon, G., Capranica, L., Dargent-Molina, P., De Lepeleere, S., Hoffmann, B., Kennedy, A., Lakerveld, J., Lien, N., Ling, F., Loyen, A., MacDonncha, C., Nazare, J., O'Donoghue, G., O'Gorman, D., Perchoux, C., Pigeot, I., Simon, C., Mueller-Stierlin, A., van der Ploeg, H., Van Cauwenberg, J., Oppert, J. 4 Jul 2018, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Policy determinants of physical activity across the life course, Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Chantal, S., Ciarapica, D., Condello, G., Coppinger, T., Cortis, C., D'Haese, S., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Ling, F., Luzak, A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, J., Perchoux, C., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi, W., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L., Boccia, S. 1 Feb 2018, In: European Journal of Public Health
  • Socio-economic determinants of physical activity across the life course, O'Donoghue, G., Kennedy, A., Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Ciarapica, D., Colotto, M., Condello, G., Coppinger, T., Cortis, C., D'Haese, S., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Ling, F., Luzak, A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, J., Perchoux, C., Pesce, C., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Simon, C., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L., Boccia, S. 19 Jan 2018, In: PLoS One
  • A life course examination of the physical environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour, Carlin, A., Perchoux, C., Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Chantal, S., Ciarapica, D., Condello, G., Coppinger, T., Cortis, C., D’haese, S., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Lakerveld, J., Chun Man Ling, F., Luzak, A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, J., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi, W., Macdonncha, C., Capranica, L., Boccia, S., Buchowski, M. 7 Aug 2017, In: PLoS One
  • Behavioral determinants of physical activity across the life course: a “DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity” (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review, Condello, G., Puggina, A., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Simon, C., Ciarapica, D., Coppinger, T., Cortis, C., D’haese, S., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Ling, F., Luzak, A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, J., Perchoux, C., Pesce, C., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi, W., Macdonncha, C., Capranica, L., Boccia, S. 2 May 2017, In: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Identifying and sharing data for secondary data analysis of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and their determinants across the life course in Europe, Lakerveld, J., Loyen, A., Ling, F., De Craemer, M., van der Ploeg, H., O'Gorman, D., Carlin, A., Caprinica, L., Kalter, J., Oppert, J., Chastin, S., Cardon, G., Brug, J., MacDonncha, C. 22 Oct 2017, In: BMJ Open
  • Psychological determinants of physical activity across the life course, Cortis, C., Puggina, A., Pesce, C., Aleksovska, K., Buck, C., Burns, C., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Simon, C., Ciarapica, D., Condello, G., Coppinger, T., D'Haese, S., De Craemer, M., Di Blasio, A., Hansen, S., Iacoviello, L., Issartel, J., Izzicupo, P., Jaeschke, L., Kanning, M., Kennedy, A., Ling, F., Luzak, A., Napolitano, G., Nazare, J., O'Donoghue, G., Perchoux, C., Pischon, T., Polito, A., Sannella, A., Schulz, H., Sohun, R., Steinbrecher, A., Schlicht, W., Ricciardi, W., Castellani, L., MacDonncha, C., Capranica, L., Boccia, S. 17 Aug 2017, In: PLoS One

Qualifications

  • 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)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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. 


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