Dr Lucy Bell

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Nutrition and Dietetics

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

+61 8 82013722
place Flinders Medical Centre (7E:107)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Lucinda (Lucy) Bell is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and public health nutrition researcher with a focus on children’s health and nutrition. Broadly, Lucy's research goals centre on prevention of chronic disease, in particular the prevention of childhood obesity, and informing policies and programs that promote child health. She has strong public health nutrition skills in child nutrition, evidence-based nutrition intervention, and dietary assessment.

Lucy has several years of professional experience spanning the development of innovative and validated measures of young children’s food intake, and delivery and evaluation of child nutrition and weight management initiatives across a range of settings: child care centres, families, and communities. Most notably, Dr Bell led the evaluation of the South Australian multi-strategy, multi-setting, community-based childhood obesity prevention program, OPAL, in the final stages and was responsible for the delivery and evaluation of the PEACHTM family-based child weight management program online. Her outstanding individual contribution to research has been recognized through receiving a Flinders University Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher award in 2016.

Further, Lucy is actively involved in teaching activities. Most notably, she is the current Topic Coordinator for Research Methods & Skills in Evidence Based Nutrition Practice (2018) and previous Topic Coordinator for the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Honours program at Flinders University (2016, 2017). She also volunteers her time to serve on the state committee for the Nutrition Society of Australia (Secretary).


Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition and Dietetics) 2015 – Flinders University

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) 2008 – Flinders University

Honours, awards and grants

Vice President & Executive Dean Award (Research), Flinders University College of Nursing and Health Sciences

$1000 Travel Grant Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA)

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award ($2500)

$500 Travel Grant Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA)

SA Channel 9 Young Achiever Award semi-finalist science & technology category

$1000 Travel Grant Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA)Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) Travel Grant $1000

Flinders University Best Student Research Paper Award 2013 (School of Medicine)

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Best Student Research Paper Award 2013

Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) 1st prize for Best Student Oral Presentation at the ASM (Brisbane)

Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) 1st prize for Best Student Oral Presentation at the student presentation evening/AGM (Adelaide)

Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) Student Travel Grant for the 2013 ASM (Brisbane)

Australian Post-graduate Award (APA) stipend               

Awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a Research Higher Degree (RHD)

Flinders University Research Scholarship                 

Awarded to a suitably qualified graduate to carry out a program of study leading to a RHD

Flinders Clinical and Molecular Medicine (FCMM) Cluster Top-Up Scholarship

Awarded on a competitive basis to FCMM post-graduate students

Flinders University Golden Key International Honour Society Award      

Recognises scholastic achievement and excellence among university students from all disciplines

Research expertise
Childhood obesity
Maternal health
Nutrition and dietetics
Public health and health services
Research interests

Child nutrition

Childhood Obesity (prevention and management)

Assessment of children's food intake

Maternal early feeding practices

Topic coordinator
NUTD7106 Honours Research Project in Nutrition and Dietetics
NUTD4050 Research Methods & Skills in Evidence Based Nutrition
NUTD9230 Research Methods & Critical Thinking in Human Nutrition
NUTD4102 Research Methods & Skills in Evidence Based Nutrition
Supervisory interests
Child nutrition
Child obesity prevention and management
Childhood obesity
Diet methodology
Eating behaviours
Eating habits, family influence
Food preferences
Health policy
Infant and child nutrition
Infant feeding
Infant feeding practices
Maternal and child health
Obesity in children and adolescents
Obesity prevention
Socioeconomic status
Expert for media contact
Child/Youth health
Available for contact via
+61 8 82013722
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Child/Youth health
  • Childcare
  • Nutrition

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