Jyu-Lin Chen, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor & Director of DNP
Family Health Care Nursing
+1 415 502-6015

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.


Home-Based and Technology-Centered Childhood Obesity Prevention for Chinese Mothers With Preschool-Aged Children.

Journal of transcultural nursing : official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society

Sun A, Cheng J, Bui Q, Liang Y, Ng T, Chen JL

Risk factors for obesity in preschool-aged children in China.

International nursing review

Chen JL, Esquivel JH, Guo J, Chesla CA, Tang S

Factors Associated With Peer Victimization Among Adolescents in Taiwan.

The journal of nursing research : JNR

Huang HW, Chen JL, Wang RH

A Spanish-Language Risk Perception Survey for Developing Diabetes: Translation Process and Assessment of Psychometric Properties.

Journal of nursing measurement

Joiner KL, Sternberg RM, Kennedy C, Chen JL, Fukuoka Y, Janson SL

Perception of Risk for Developing Diabetes Among Foreign-Born Spanish-Speaking US Latinos.

The Diabetes educator

Joiner KL, Sternberg RM, Kennedy CM, Fukuoka Y, Chen JL, Janson SL

The Relationship Between Self-Rated Health and Acculturation in Hispanic and Asian Adult Immigrants: A Systematic Review.

Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health

Lommel LL, Chen JL

Pharmaceutical care of elderly patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized controlled trial.

International journal of clinical pharmacy

Chen JH, Ou HT, Lin TC, Lai EC, Kao YH

iStart smart: a primary-care based and community partnered childhood obesity management program for Chinese-American children: feasibility study.

Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health

Chen JL, Kwan M, Mac A, Chin NC, Liu K

Asian American adolescents' willingness to donate organs and engage in family discussion about organ donation and transplantation.

Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)

Trompeta JA, Cooper BA, Ascher NL, Kools SM, Kennedy CM, Chen JL

Risk factors for obesity and high blood pressure in Chinese American children: maternal acculturation and children's food choices.

Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health

Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Lustig R

The efficacy of the web-based childhood obesity prevention program in Chinese American adolescents (Web ABC study).

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Cooper B, Lustig RH

Body dissatisfaction in California adolescents.

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Wilkosz ME, Chen JL, Kenndey C, Rankin S

Development of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Knowledge Survey for use in Asian American adolescents.

Transplantation proceedings

Trompeta JA, Chen JL, Cooper BA, Ascher NL, Kools SM

Gender and ethnic disparities contributing to overweight in California adolescents.

Zeitschrift fur Gesundheitswissenschaften = Journal of public health

Wilkosz ME, Chen JL, Kennedy C, Rankin S

Pilot study of an individually tailored educational program by mail to promote healthy weight in Chinese American children.

Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN

Chen JL, Weiss S, Heyman MB, Vittinghoff E, Lustig R

Cardiovascular risk factors in Chinese American children: associations between overweight, acculturation, and physical activity.

Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners

Chen JL, Wu Y

Correlates of physical fitness and activity in Taiwanese children.

International nursing review

Chen JL, Unnithan V, Kennedy C, Yeh CH

Household income, maternal acculturation, maternal education level and health behaviors of Chinese-American children and mothers.

Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health

Chen JL

Weight status, self-competence, and coping strategies in Chinese children.

Journal of pediatric nursing

Chen JL, Yeh CH, Kennedy C

Predictors of increased body mass index in Chinese children.

Progress in cardiovascular nursing

Chen JL, Wall D, Kennedy C, Unnithan V, Yeh CH

Risk factors for childhood obesity in elementary school-age Taiwanese children.

Progress in cardiovascular nursing

Chen JL, Kennedy C, Yeh CH, Kools S

The symptom experience of hospitalised Chinese children and adolescents and relationship to pre-hospital factors and behaviour problems.

International journal of nursing studies

Franck LS, Kools S, Kennedy C, Kong SK, Chen JL, Wong TK

Psychosocial functioning of hospitalized Chinese adolescents and their families.

Journal of pediatric nursing

Kools S, Kennedy C, Kong SK, Chen JL, Franck L, Wong TK

Interactive data collection: benefits of integrating new media into pediatric research.

Computers, informatics, nursing : CIN

Kennedy C, Charlesworth A, Chen JL

Culturally appropriate family assessment: analysis of the Family Assessment Device in a pediatric Chinese population.

Journal of nursing measurement

Chen JL, Kennedy C, Kools S, Slaughter RE, Franck L, Kong SK, Wong TK

Recovery trajectory of unpartnered elders after myocardial infarction: an analysis of daily diaries.

Rehabilitation nursing : the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Rankin SH, deLeon JF, Chen JL, Butzlaff A, Carroll DL