Jennifer Zink, Ph.D.

Jennifer Zink
Jennifer Zink, Ph.D.
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)
Entry Year

Doctoral Degree

Ph.D., Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California (2021)

Research Interests

Pediatric Sedentary Behavior; Physical Activity; Emotional Health; Obesity

Primary Preceptor/Branch/Division

David Berrigan, Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)


McAlister KL, Zhang D, Moore KN, Chapman TM, Zink J, Belcher BR. A Systematic Review of the Associations of Adiposity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness With Arterial Structure and Function in Nonclinical Children and Adolescents. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2022 Sep 23:1-12. doi: 10.1123/pes.2022-0029. Online ahead of print. PMID: 36150705.

Do B, Zink J, Mason TB, Belcher BR, Dunton GF. Physical Activity and Sedentary Time Among Mothers of School-Aged Children: Differences in Accelerometer-Derived Pattern Metrics by Demographic, Employment, and Household Factors. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Sep-Oct;32(5):490-498. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2022.03.005. Epub 2022 Apr 28. PMID: 35491346.

Zink J, Yang CH, McAlister KL, Huh J, Pentz MA, Page KA, Belcher BR, Dunton GF. Patterns of Objectively Measured Sedentary Time and Emotional Disorder Symptoms Among Youth. J Pediatr Psychol. 2022 Jul 19;47(7):757-768. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsac014. PMID: 35260899.

Zink J, Yang CH, Alves JM, McAlister KL, Huh J, Pentz MA, Page KA, Dunton GF, Belcher BR. Time-Varying Associations Between Device-Based and Ecological Momentary Assessment-Reported Sedentary Behaviors and the Concurrent Affective States Among Adolescents: Proof-of-Concept Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Jun 10;6(6):e37743. doi: 10.2196/37743. PMID: 35687383.

Ebrahimian S, Zink J, Yang CH, Yu Q, Imm K, Nicolo M, Dunton GF, Belcher BR. Momentary intentions and perceived behavioral control are within-person predictors of sedentary leisure time: preliminary findings from an ecological momentary assessment study in adolescents. J Behav Med. 2022 Jun;45(3):391-403. doi: 10.1007/s10865-022-00309-2. Epub 2022 Apr 1. PMID: 35362807.

Yang CH, Zink J, Belcher BR, Kanning M, Dunton GF. Age-varying Bi-directional Associations Between Momentary Affect and Movement Behaviors in Children: Evidence From a Multi-wave Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Ann Behav Med. 2021 Aug 23;55(9):918-931. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaaa124. PMID: 33522571.

Leventhal AM, Cho J, Keyes KM, Zink J, Riehm KE, Zhang Y, Ketema E. Digital media use and suicidal behavior in U.S. adolescents, 2009-2017. Prev Med Rep. 2021 Jul 15;23:101497. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101497. eCollection 2021 Sep. PMID: 34354907.

McAlister KL, Zink J, Chu D, Belcher BR, Dunton GF. Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Associations between Non-School Time Physical Activity, Sedentary Time, and Adiposity among Boys and Girls: An Isotemporal Substitution Approach. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Apr 27;18(9):4671. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18094671. PMID: 33925751.

Alves JM, Angelo BC, Zink J, Chow T, Yunker AG, Clark K, Luo S, Belcher BR, Herting MM, Dieli-Conwright CM, Xiang AH, Page KA. Child physical activity as a modifier of the relationship between prenatal exposure to maternal overweight/obesity and neurocognitive outcomes in offspring. Int J Obes (Lond). 2021 Jun;45(6):1310-1320. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-00794-6. Epub 2021 Mar 17. PMID: 33731834.

Belcher BR, Zink J, Azad A, Campbell CE, Chakravartti SP, Herting MM. The Roles of Physical Activity, Exercise, and Fitness in Promoting Resilience During Adolescence: Effects on Mental Well-Being and Brain Development. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2021 Feb;6(2):225-237. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2020.08.005. Epub 2020 Aug 18. PMID: 33067166.

Zink J, Nicolo M, Imm K, Ebrahimian S, Yu Q, Lee K, Zapanta K, Huh J, Dunton GF, Goran MI, Page KA, Dieli-Conwright CM, Belcher BR. Interstitial glucose and subsequent affective and physical feeling states: A pilot study combining continuous glucose monitoring and ecological momentary assessment in adolescents. J Psychosom Res. 2020 Aug;135:110141. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110141. Epub 2020 May 15. PMID: 32447156.

Naya CH, Zink J, Huh J, Dunton GF, Belcher BR. Examining the same-day relationship between morning cortisol after awakening, perceived stress in the morning, and physical activity in youth. Stress. 2021 May;24(3):338-347. doi: 10.1080/10253890.2020.1804852. Epub 2020 Aug 25. PMID: 32840163.

Alves JM, Zink J, Chow T, Luo S, Belcher BR, Xiang AH, Page KA. Contributions of Prenatal Exposures and Child Lifestyle to Insulin Sensitivity. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Jul 1;105(7):2413-21. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgaa201. PMID: 32301999.

Dunton GF, Yang CH, Zink J, Dzubur E, Belcher BR. Longitudinal Changes in Children's Accelerometer-derived Activity Pattern Metrics. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2020 Jun;52(6):1307-1313. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002247. PMID: 31895300.

Zink J, Berrigan DA, Broadney MM, Shareef F, Papachristopoulou A, Brady SM, Bernstein SB, Brychta RJ, Hattenbach JD, Tigner IL, Courville AB, Drinkard BE, Smith KP, Rosing DR, Wolters PL, Chen KY, Yanovski JA, Belcher BR. The Effects of Interrupting Sitting Time on Affect and State Anxiety in Children of Healthy Weight and Overweight: A Randomized Crossover Trial. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2020 May 1;32(2):97-104. doi: 10.1123/pes.2019-0169. Epub 2020 Mar 12. PMID: 32163927.

Zink J, Belcher BR, Imm K, Leventhal AM. The relationship between screen-based sedentary behaviors and symptoms of depression and anxiety in youth: a systematic review of moderating variables. BMC Public Health. 2020 Apr 10;20(1):472. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-08572-1. PMID: 32272906.

Zink J, Ebrahimian S, Belcher BR, Leventhal AM. Reciprocal associations between depression and screen-based sedentary behaviors in adolescents differ by depressive symptom dimension and screen-type. J Affect Disord. 2020 Feb 15;263:39-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.130. Epub 2019 Nov 30. PMID: 31818794.

Zink J, Belcher BR, Kechter A, Stone MD, Leventhal AM. Reciprocal associations between screen time and emotional disorder symptoms during adolescence. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Jan 25;13:281-288. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.01.014. eCollection 2019 Mar. PMID: 30733913.

Zink J, Belcher BR, Dzubur E, Ke W, O'Connor S, Huh J, Lopez N, Maher JP, Dunton GF. Association Between Self-Reported and Objective Activity Levels by Demographic Factors: Ecological Momentary Assessment Study in Children. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jun 28;6(6):e150. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.9592. PMID: 29954723.

Cortessis VK, Barrett M, Brown Wade N, Enebish T, Perrigo JL, Tobin J, Zhong C, Zink J, Isiaka V, Muderspach LI, Natavio M, McKean-Cowdin R. Intrauterine Device Use and Cervical Cancer Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Dec;130(6):1226-1236. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002307. PMID: 29112647.