Fiona Ling

Senior Lecturer

Research 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. 



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London

  • PhD, Psychology, The University of Hong Kong

  • MSc, Psychology, University of Queensland

Professional Qualifications

  • 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),