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Jiying Ling is an Associate Professor and PhD Program Assistant Director at Michigan State University College of Nursing.

Dr. Lingadvances family health promotion through implementing cutting-edge, family-centered, bio-behavioral interventions to reduce health disparities in childhood obesity. Her impact encompasses: developing and disseminating highly scalable bio-behavioral interventions to reduce obesity among racially diverse, low-income families; translating research into the national Head Start program to influence early childhood development policy; and integrating research on prevention of childhood obesity into practice and education nationally and internationally. Through community engagement, Dr. Ling has made a substantial impact both locally and nationally through Head Start, and internationally by her work in China. She leads her interdisciplinary team in disseminating the effective, well-received “Eat My ABCs” healthy eating curriculum to nearly 5,000 racially diverse, low-income preschoolers and families. This curriculum provides a creative platform for integrating nutrition education into early childhood education. She has received numerous prestigious awards, over $5 million in research funding from multiple agencies including NIH and having more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and 120 presentations.

Dr. Ling earned her BSN from Shandong University in China, and MS in Biostatistics and PhD in Nursing from University of Louisville.


Jiying Ling


Associate Professor

Michigan State University


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