Associate Professor Lucy Lewis

Interim Dean (People and Resources)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West (W418)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Lucy is currently the Interim Dean People and Resources in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. She is a registered physiotherapist and is the Academic Lead for Physiotherapy at the university. She is an experienced educator in physiotherapy, and loves to find new and interesting ways to teach students about physiotherapy and health.

Lucy is a member of the Caring Futures Institute (Better Lives theme). She is interested in investigating ways to help children and adults to sit less and move more to improve their health. She has research skills in the use of accelerometers to objectively measure activity. Lucy is currently completing projects investigating activity of older adults in residential care, an intervention to reduce sitting time in people with type 2 diabetes, and activity of older adults during walking sports. Lucy has supervised Honours, Masters by Research and PhD students to completion and is registered to supervise students both as Principal and Associate Supervisor.


PhD / Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) / Bachelor of Physiotherapy / Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

Honours, awards and grants

Research funding

A/Prof has been a co-investigator on 25 successful grant applications that have been awarded $5,796,590 in total.


Vice President and Executive Dean's Early Career Research Award, 2017, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award, 2016, Flinders University

Key responsibilities

Current leadership roles:

Interim Dean People and Resources

Academic Lead Physiotherapy

Adjunct Associate Professor University of SA

Previous leadership roles:

Teaching Program Director (Self-Regulating Health Professions)

Course Coordinator, Master of Physiotherapy

Teaching interests

Research design and methods

Health promotion

Acute care physiotherapy

Topic coordinator
PHYT9010 Health Promotion and Leadership in Physiotherapy
HLTH7011 Contemporary Issues in Health Research
Topic lecturer
NUTD1106 Nutrition Physical Activity and Health
PHYT8002 Principles of Movement and Function
REHB2002 Rehabilitation Studies 1
Supervisory interests
Cardiac rehabilitation
Cardiovascular disease
Childhood obesity, physical activity and community awareness
Children's health
Physical activity
Sedentary behaviour
Teaching physiotherapy
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Underperformance in clinical placements (1), Mental health and wellbeing of health professional university students (1), Consensus marking in oral vivas for postgraduate nursing students (Flinders, PhD) (1)
Associate supervisor: ACTIVE DAY: a 24 hour behaviour change intervention for older adults in the transition from hospital to home (1), Commercially available smartphone apps for the self-management of low back pain (1), Community participation and physical activity in older adults (Flinders, PhD) (1), Physical activity and online social networking (Flinders, PhD) (1)
Associate supervisor: Guidelines for increasing children's physical activity in Outside Hours School Care (UniSA, PhD) (1), A physical activity intervention for post-partum women; social media (UniSA, PhD) (1), EBP; health professional education (UniSA, PhD) (1), Compositional analysis techniques for health behaviours in children (UniSA PhD) (1), EBP; development of a reporting guideline (UniSA, PhD) (1)
  • Physical activity, sitting time and health
  • Physiotherapy