Dr Lucinda (Lucy) Bell

Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

+61 8 82013722
place Sturt North (W401)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Lucinda Bell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Caring Futures Institute (Better Lives Theme), at Flinders University. She is a nationally recognised public health nutrition researcher, focused on enhancing children’s health and nutrition from the start of life.

Lucy has a strong track record in dietary assessment, evidence synthesis, nutrition epidemiology, 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 of childhood obesity and has improved our ability to routinely monitor and measure diet-related behaviours.

Lucy is also part of the NHMRC EPOCH-Translate Centre for Research Excellence leading the development of a Core Outcome Measures Set for Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (COMS-EPOCH) (https://earlychildhoodobesity.com/). This work will develop a standardised approach to measuring outcomes in early obesity-prevention interventions, to improve and harmonise evaluation.

In her role on the SMILE (Study of Mothers' and Infants' Life Events affecting oral health) study, an NHMRC-funded birth cohort study investigating the relative importance and timing of critical factors that shape young children's oral heath, Lucy leads the dietary measures component, developing a brief free sugars screener for young children.

Lucy has supervised Honours and PhD students to completion and is the recipient of a Flinders University Vice-Chancellors Early Career Researcher Award.


PhD, Flinders University (2015)

BND(Hons), Flinders University (2008)

Honours, awards and grants

2017: Flinders University CoNHS Vice Present and Executive Dean’s Award for Research, all other researchers

2016: Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award

2016: SA Channel 9 Young Achiever Award semi-finalist science & technology category

2014: Best Student Research Paper Award, School of Medicine, Flinders University

2014: Best Student Research Paper Award, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

2013: Best Student Oral Presentation (1st prize) at the Nutrition Society of Australia ASM (Brisbane)

2013: Best Student Oral Presentation (1st prize) at the Nutrition Society of Australia student presentation evening/AGM (Adelaide)

2006, 2007: Golden Key International Honour Society Award, Flinders University, recognises scholastic achievement and excellence among university students from all disciplines

Key responsibilities

Dr Bell currently works on the following public health nutrition projects:

1) "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.

2) 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).

Supervisory interests
Child nutrition
Childhood obesity
Dietary intake methodology
Food preferences
Infant feeding
Maternal and child health
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Family and child nutrition (1)
Expert for media contact
Community/Public health
Public health
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