Affiliate Researcher

Research Fellow
Sydney School of Public Health
University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Ding joined the University of Sydney in 2012 immediately after she completed her Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University. Trained in Public Health, she is passionate about bringing climate change into public health dialogues.

Ding’s research focus has been urban form characteristics and health behavior, particularly physical activity. She has been working with experts from urban planning and transportation to understand the impacts of built environments on public health. She is an advocate for active transport and for walkable and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters, reports, and policy white papers.

Ding visited 4C in 2010 to work on a paper about scientific consensus on climate change. This academic visit has turned into an ongoing collaboration that she wishes to continue for years to come.


BS (2002-2006) Marine Biology, Ocean University of China
MPH (2006-2008) Health Promotion, San Diego State University
Ph.D. (2008-2012) Public Health, University of California San Diego, San Diego State University

Selected Publications:

Sugiyama T, Ding D, Owen N. Sitting in cars for commuting: Impacts on weight gain among physically-active adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, in press.

Ding D, Sallis JF, Conway TL, Saelens BE, Frank LD, Cain KL, Slymen DJ. Interactive effects of built environment and psychosocial attributes on physical activity: A test of ecological models. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, in press. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-012-9394-1

Ding D, Sugiyama T, Owen N. Habitual active transport, TV viewing, and weight gain: A four year follow-up study. Preventive Medicine, 2012;54:201-204.

Ding D, Sugiyama T, Winkler E, Cerin E, Wijndaele, Owen N. Individual, social, and environmental correlates of four-year changes in adults’ television viewing time. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2012; 44(7):1287-1292.

Suminski RR, Ding D. Small business support of youth physical activity opportunities. American Journal of Health Promotion, 2012;26(5):289-294.

Ding D, Bracy NL, Sallis JF, Saelens B, Norman GJ, Harris S, Rosenberg D, Kerr J, Durant N. Is fear of strangers related to physical activity among youth? American Journal of Health Promotion, 2012;26(3):189-195.

Ding D, Gebel K. Built environment, physical activity, and obesity: What have we learned from reviewing the literature? Health & Place, 2012;18(1):100-105.

Ding D, Maibach EW, Zhao X, Roser-Renouf C, Leiserowitz A. Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement. Nature Climate Change, 2011;1;462-466.

Ding D, Sallis JF, Kerr J, Lee S, Rosenberg DE. Neighborhood environment and physical activity among youth: A review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2011;41(4):442-455.

Ding D, Sallis JF, Hovell MF, Du J-Z, Zheng M, He H-Y, Owen N. Physical activity and sedentary behaviors among rural Chinese adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2011;8,37.

Suminski RR, Ding D, Lee R, May L, Tota T, Dinius D. Youth physical activity opportunities in lower and higher income neighborhoods. Journal of Urban Health, 2011;88(4):599-615.

Ding D, Sallis JF, Norman GJ, Saelens BE, Harris SK, Kerr J, Rosenberg D, Durant N, Glanz K. Community food environment, home food environment and fruit and vegetable intake of children and adolescents. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2010.07.003.

Rosenberg D, Ding D, Sallis JF, Kerr J, Norman GJ, Durant N, Harris SK, Saelens BE. Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale for Youth (NEWS-Y): Reliability and relationship with physical activity.Preventive Medicine, 2009;49(2-3):213-218.