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Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Public Health (Preventive Medicine), Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China
Bachelor of Arts in English (Medical English), Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China
Master of Science in Public Health Sciences (Epidemiology), Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

I study the social determinants of child and adolescent health, and seek to understand what is missing in research and why existing attempts do not seem to slow or reverse the continuing worsening (if anything) epidemic of childhood obesity.

My research is deeply interdisciplinary, consists primarily of quantitative analyses, and lies at the intersection of sociology (demography), epidemiology, and spatial science. I am particularly interested in how the change of social environment shapes the fundamental health outcomes amongst children with broad theoretical and practical implications, and disentangling these effects from biases including self-selection and shared built environment.

That said, my work seeks to understand the independent effects of social environment on child health using secondary data from communities in developing countries. This work has been focused on the analysis of societal and/or population changes as “natural experiments” building a deeper, and often causal, understanding from observational data.


Lin, Y., McGaughey, T., and Wilson, J.P., “Effects of programs and interventions related to the social environment on childhood and adolescent obesity: A systematic search for and scoping review of natural experiments,” Health & Place, vol. 72, 102689 (2021).

Lin, Y., and Mâsse, L.C., “A look at engagement profiles and behavior change: A profile analysis examining engagement with the Aim2Be lifestyle behavior modification app for teens and their families,” Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 24, 101565 (2021).

Brussoni, M., Han, C.S., Lin, Y., Jacob, J., Pike, I., Bundy, A., Faulkner, G., Gardy, J., Fisher, B., Mâsse, L.C., “A Web-Based and In-Person Risk Reframing Intervention to Influence Mothers’ Tolerance for, and Parenting Practices Associated With, Children’s Outdoor Risky Play: Randomized Controlled Trial,” Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 23, no. 4, e24861 (2021).

Lin, Y. et al. "Calibration of the food parenting practice (FPP) item bank: tools for improving the measurement of food parenting practices of parents of 5–12-year-old children." International Journal of Behavior Nutrition and Physical Activity 17, 140 (2020).

Mâsse, L.C., O’Connor, T.M., Lin, Y. et al. "The physical activity parenting practices (PAPP) item Bank: a psychometrically validated tool for improving the measurement of physical activity parenting practices of parents of 5–12-year-old children." International Journal of Behavior Nutrition and Physical Activity 17, 134 (2020).

Han, C., Lin, Y., Mâsse, L. C. & Brussoni, M. '“There’s kind of a wall I have to stay inside of”: A qualitative understanding of children’s independent mobility range, destination, time and expansion.' Children, Youth and Environments, 30(2), 97-118 (2020).

Brussoni, M., Lin, Y., Han, C., Janssen, I., Schuurman, N., Boyes, R., Swanlund, D. & Mâsse, L. C. 'A qualitative investigation of unsupervised outdoor activities for 10- to 13-year-old children: “I like adventuring but I don’t like adventuring without being careful.”' Journal of Environmental Psychology, 70, 101460 (2020).

Olsen, L. L., Lin, Y., Ishikawa, T., Mâsse, L. C., & Brussoni, M. "Comparison of risk engagement and protection survey (REPS) among mothers and fathers of children aged 6-12 years." Injury prevention: journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 25(5), 438–443 (2019).

Lin, Y., Tremblay, M. S., Katzmarzyk, P. T., Fogelholm, M., Hu, G., Lambert, E. V., Maher C., Maia J., Matsudo V., Olds T., Onywera V., Sarmiento O.L., Standage M., Tudor-Locke C., Zhao P. & Chaput J.P. for the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment Research Group. "Temporal and bi-directional associations between sleep duration and physical activity/sedentary time in children: An international comparison". Preventive Medicine, (111), 436-441 (2018).

Lin, Y., Borghese, M. M., & Janssen, I. "Bi-directional association between sleep and outdoor active play among 10–13 year olds." BMC Public Health, 18(1), 224 (2018).

Borghese, M. M., Lin, Y., Chaput, J. P., & Janssen, I."Estimating sleep efficiency in 10- to- 13-year-olds using a waist-worn accelerometer."  Sleep Health, 4(1), 110–115 (2018).


Lin, Y., & Brussoni, M. (2020, July 24). “Nobody is there yet everyone is there.” Children’s perspectives on what makes their neighbourhood enticing for playing outside unsupervised. Outdoor Play Canada. Retrieved from what-makes-their-neighbourhood-enticing-for-playing-outside-unsupervised/