Dr. Jyu-Lin Chen, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN, is an associate professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, USA. Her research focuses on childhood obesity prevention and management. 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 Asian immigrants in the U.S. Dr. Chen is particularly interested in developing culturally appropriate and technology-friendly programs for improving active lifestyles and maintaining healthy weight for Chinese children and their families in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as Asian immigrants in the U.S. She has developed several family-focused and primary care-based childhood obesity prevention programs for Asian immigrants in San Francisco Bay Area in the U.S.A.
Currently Dr. Chen is a Fulbright Senior Researcher conducting a cross-trait study on identifying risk factors for childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and develop strategies for family-based prevention programs in Taiwan and Mainland China. Her program of research aims to reduce global health disparities in high risk regions, such as Asian Pacific Rim countries, and in the U.S by demonstrating that family-based nursing research can improve health worldwide.