Dr Lucinda Bell is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University, focused on enhancing preventative care where children and families live, work, learn, eat and play. She is a nationally recognised public health nutrition researcher with a strong track record in paediatric dietary assessment, nutrition epidemiology, qualitative nutrition research, and the delivery and evaluation of child nutrition and weight management initiatives across a range of settings: childcare centres, families, and communities. Dr Bell’s body of research has helped transform approaches to the prevention and management around childhood obesity and improved our ability to routinely monitor and measure diet-related behaviours. Her outstanding individual contribution to research has been recognized through receiving a Flinders University Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher award.
BND(Hons) PhD APD.
Dr Bell currently works on the following public health nutrition projects:
- "Tools and interventions to increase children’s vegetable consumption" A consortia between Flinders University, Nutrition Australia (Victoria Division), Healthy Kids Association, Perfection Fresh and Thomas Farms Kitchen. Funded by Hort Innovation.
- SMILE (the Study of Mothers' and Infants' Life Events affecting oral health): An NHMRC project grants in area of child obesity and dental health (In collaboration with Adelaide Uni).
Community engagement: Dr Bell has served on the executive committee for the state branches of the Nutrition Society of Australia as student representative (2014), general member (2015, 2019) and secretary (2016-2018), and the Dietitians Association of Australia as general member (2014-2015) and treasurer (2016-2017). In 2018 she received a Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Award of Merit in recognition of her contribution to the profession.
Peer review: Dr Bell is a peer reviewer for numerous international and national scientific journals (~1/month). Since 2018 she has served on the editorial board of Nutrition and Dietetics, journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Professional activities: Dr Bell was invited on to a National Nutrition Group for Early Childhood Education and Care settings (NNG-ECEC) demonstrating external recognition of her research in early childhood diet and public health nutrition (2018-current).
Research supervision: Dr Bell is active in research training. She is currently supervising a PhD student (to be completed in 2020) and has supervised 7 Honours students to completion.
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