Jyu-Lin Chen, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor & Director of DNP


My research on childhood obesity prevention addresses a preventable global health problem and one with important implications for global health nursing research and practice. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century. Approximately 170 million children (aged less than 18 years) worldwide are overweight and about 31 million of these are living in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The increased prevalence of childhood obesity is 30% higher in LMIC (such as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) than that of developed countries. Dr. Chen’s program of research addresses this critical global health threat as it focuses on childhood obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion in children in Asian Pacific regions and Chinese immigrants in the U.S. Chinese Americans, as the 2nd largest immigrant population in the U.S., are experiencing an increased prevalence of childhood obesity (31%) and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes compared to non-Hispanic white populations. Additionally, about 33% of obese Chinese American children (age 6 to 18) already have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Working for the last 13 years in global health research, I have built the knowledge base pertaining to obesity prevention in Chinese children and immigrant Chinese children through a series of 15 research studies.
I have mentored matriculated and special studies students from various countries including China, Korea, Japan, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. Many of their research topics are related to health disparities among minority populations and several students conducted research in their country of origin. My research work and passion about global health, especially in Asian countries, has attracted several students and fellows who are also interested in this region or immigrants from these countries.


Honors and Awards

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Department of State, 2016
Mentor of the Year Award, UCSF School of Nursing Graduating Class of 2016, 2016
Distinguished Alumni Awards, Meiho College of Nursing, Taiwan, 2015
Fellow, The American Academy of Nursing, 2014


Kamitani E, Chen JL, Portillo C, Tokumoto J, Dawson-Rose C. Shortened and Culturally Appropriate HIV Stigma Scale for Asians Living with HIV in the United States: Psychometric Analysis. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2018 Feb 19.
Guo J, Shi Z, Chen JL, Dixon JK, Wiley J, Parry M. Translation and validation of the Canadian diabetes risk assessment questionnaire in China. Public Health Nurs. 2018 Jan; 35(1):18-28.
Tsai YH, Chen JL, Davis AHT, Yen WJ, Lin YJ, Chiang LC, Chen YJ. Development of the Chinese-version of the exercise self-regulatory efficacy scale for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Heart Lung. 2018 Jan - Feb; 47(1):16-23.
Lee RL, Leung C, Chen H, Louie LHT, Brown M, Chen JL, Cheung G, Lee PH. The Impact of a School-Based Weight Management Program Involving Parents via mHealth for Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disability: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 10 05; 14(10).
Chen JL, Guo J, Esquivel JH, Chesla CA. Like Mother, Like Child: The Influences of Maternal Attitudes and Behaviors on Weight-Related Health Behaviors in Their Children. J Transcult Nurs. 2017 Oct 01; 1043659617736883.
Priano SM, Hong OS, Chen JL. Lifestyles and Health-Related Outcomes of U.S. Hospital Nurses: A Systematic Review. Nurs Outlook. 2018 Jan - Feb; 66(1):66-76.
Chen JL, Guedes CM, Cooper BA, Lung AE. Short-Term Efficacy of an Innovative Mobile Phone Technology-Based Intervention for Weight Management for Overweight and Obese Adolescents: Pilot Study. Interact J Med Res. 2017 Aug 02; 6(2):e12.
Sun A, Cheng J, Bui Q, Liang Y, Ng T, Chen JL. Home-Based and Technology-Centered Childhood Obesity Prevention for Chinese Mothers With Preschool-Aged Children. J Transcult Nurs. 2017 Jul 01; 1043659617719139.
Chen JL, Esquivel JH, Guo J, Chesla CA, Tang S. Risk factors for obesity in preschool-aged children in China. Int Nurs Rev. 2017 Mar 21.
Huang HW, Chen JL, Wang RH. Factors Associated With Peer Victimization Among Adolescents in Taiwan. J Nurs Res. 2017 Feb 09.
Joiner KL, Sternberg RM, Kennedy C, Chen JL, Fukuoka Y, Janson SL. A Spanish-Language Risk Perception Survey for Developing Diabetes: Translation Process and Assessment of Psychometric Properties. J Nurs Meas. 2016 Dec 01; 24(3):365-378.
Kim, M., Chen, J.L., Kools, S., & Weiss, S. . The impact of personality traits and acculturation on the mental health of Korean American adolescents. Psychology. 2016; (7):1256-1265..
Joiner KL, Sternberg RM, Kennedy CM, Fukuoka Y, Chen JL, Janson SL. Perception of Risk for Developing Diabetes Among Foreign-Born Spanish-Speaking US Latinos. Diabetes Educ. 2016 08; 42(4):418-28.
Lommel LL, Chen JL. The Relationship Between Self-Rated Health and Acculturation in Hispanic and Asian Adult Immigrants: A Systematic Review. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Apr; 18(2):468-78.
Chen JH, Ou HT, Lin TC, Lai EC, Kao YH. Pharmaceutical care of elderly patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized controlled trial. Int J Clin Pharm. 2016 Feb; 38(1):88-95.
Guo J, Chen JL, Whittemore R, Whitaker E. Postpartum Lifestyle Interventions to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Among Women with History of Gestational Diabetes: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Jan; 25(1):38-49.
Chen JL, Kwan M. Short-Term Efficacy and Correlates of Change in Health Weight Management Program for Chinese American Children. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 May; 55(5):463-9.
Chen JL, Kwan M, Liu K, Yu F. The Feasibility and Efficacy of Healthy Weight Management Program for Low Income Chinese American Overweight and Obese Children in a Primary Care Clinic. J Pediatr Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec; 30(6):821-8.
Chen JL, Wilkosz ME. Efficacy of technology-based interventions for obesity prevention in adolescents: a systematic review. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2014; 5:159-70.
Chen JL, Kwan M, Mac A, Chin NC, Liu K. iStart smart: a primary-care based and community partnered childhood obesity management program for Chinese-American children: feasibility study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Dec; 15(6):1125-8.
Trompeta JA, Cooper BA, Ascher NL, Kools SM, Kennedy CM, Chen JL. Asian American adolescents' willingness to donate organs and engage in family discussion about organ donation and transplantation. Prog Transplant. 2012 Mar; 22(1):33-40, 70.
Chen, J.L., & Cooper, B. The efficacy of Web ABC for improving coping, self-competence and quality of life in Chinese-American adolescents. Journal of Infant, Child, Adolescent Nutrition. 2012; 3(4):143-151.
Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Lustig R. Risk factors for obesity and high blood pressure in Chinese American children: maternal acculturation and children's food choices. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Apr; 13(2):268-75.
Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Cooper B, Lustig RH. The efficacy of the web-based childhood obesity prevention program in Chinese American adolescents (Web ABC study). J Adolesc Health. 2011 Aug; 49(2):148-54.
Wilkosz ME, Chen JL, Kenndey C, Rankin S. Body dissatisfaction in California adolescents. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2011 Feb; 23(2):101-9.
Chen JL, Weiss SJ, Heyman MB, Cooper B, Lustig RH. The Active Balance Childhood program for improving coping and quality of life in Chinese American children. Nurs Res. 2010 Jul-Aug; 59(4):270-9.
Trompeta JA, Chen JL, Cooper BA, Ascher NL, Kools SM. Development of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Knowledge Survey for use in Asian American adolescents. Transplant Proc. 2010 Jun; 42(5):1427-31.
Wilkosz ME, Chen JL, Kennedy C, Rankin S. Gender and ethnic disparities contributing to overweight in California adolescents. Z Gesundh Wiss. 2010 Apr; 18(2):131-144.
Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Lustig RH. Efficacy of a child-centred and family-based program in promoting healthy weight and healthy behaviors in Chinese American children: a randomized controlled study. J Public Health (Oxf). 2010 Jun; 32(2):219-29.
Kennedy C, Chen JL. Changes in childhood risk taking and safety behavior after a peer group media intervention. Nurs Res. 2009 Jul-Aug; 58(4):264-73.
Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Vittinghoff E, Lustig R. Pilot study of an individually tailored educational program by mail to promote healthy weight in Chinese American children. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2008 Jul; 13(3):212-22.
Chen JL, Wu Y. Cardiovascular risk factors in Chinese American children: associations between overweight, acculturation, and physical activity. J Pediatr Health Care. 2008 Mar-Apr; 22(2):103-10.
Chen JL, Unnithan V, Kennedy C, Yeh CH. Correlates of physical fitness and activity in Taiwanese children. Int Nurs Rev. 2008 Mar; 55(1):81-8.
Chen JL. Household income, maternal acculturation, maternal education level and health behaviors of Chinese-American children and mothers. J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Jun; 11(3):198-204.
Chen JL, Yeh CH, Kennedy C. Weight status, self-competence, and coping strategies in Chinese children. J Pediatr Nurs. 2007 Jun; 22(3):176-85.
Chen JL, Wall D, Kennedy C, Unnithan V, Yeh CH. Predictors of increased body mass index in Chinese children. Prog Cardiovasc Nurs. 2007; 22(3):138-44.
Chen JL, Kennedy C. Cultural variations in children's coping behaviour, TV viewing time, and family functioning. Int Nurs Rev. 2005 Sep; 52(3):186-95.
Chen JL, Kennedy C. Factors associated with obesity in Chinese-American children. Pediatr Nurs. 2005 Mar-Apr; 31(2):110-5.
Chen JL, Kennedy C, Yeh CH, Kools S. Risk factors for childhood obesity in elementary school-age Taiwanese children. Prog Cardiovasc Nurs. 2005; 20(3):96-103.
Kennedy C, Charlesworth A, Chen JL. Disaster at a distance: impact of 9.11.01 televised news coverage on mothers' and children's health. J Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Oct; 19(5):329-39.
Franck LS, Kools S, Kennedy C, Kong SK, Chen JL, Wong TK. The symptom experience of hospitalised Chinese children and adolescents and relationship to pre-hospital factors and behaviour problems. Int J Nurs Stud. 2004 Aug; 41(6):661-9.
Kools S, Kennedy C, Kong SK, Chen JL, Franck L, Wong TK. Psychosocial functioning of hospitalized Chinese adolescents and their families. J Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Apr; 19(2):95-103.
Kennedy C, Charlesworth A, Chen JL. Interactive data collection: benefits of integrating new media into pediatric research. Comput Inform Nurs. 2003 May-Jun; 21(3):120-7.
Chen JL, Kennedy C, Kools S, Slaughter RE, Franck L, Kong SK, Wong TK. Culturally appropriate family assessment: analysis of the Family Assessment Device in a pediatric Chinese population. J Nurs Meas. 2003 Spring-Summer; 11(1):41-60.
Chen JL, Rankin SH. Using the resiliency model to deliver culturally sensitive care to Chinese families. J Pediatr Nurs. 2002 Jun; 17(3):157-66.
Rankin SH, deLeon JF, Chen JL, Butzlaff A, Carroll DL. Recovery trajectory of unpartnered elders after myocardial infarction: an analysis of daily diaries. Rehabil Nurs. 2002 May-Jun; 27(3):95-102; discussion 103.
Weiss SJ, Chen JL. Factors influencing maternal mental health and family functioning during the low birthweight infant's first year of life. J Pediatr Nurs. 2002 Apr; 17(2):114-25.
Jyu-Lin Chen
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