Dr Jacquie Lindsay Bay

PhD Health Science, MEd(Hons) Science Education, BSc, DipTch

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Senior Lecturer


Jacquie Bay joined the Liggins Institute in 2006. She is founding Director of LENScience, an innovative Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) knowledge translation programme that facilitates school-science partnerships. Based on evidence of the potential of adolescence as a window of opportunity for DOHaD-informed health promotion, the primary goal of LENScience is to facilitate multi-sectoral collaborations that support improved health and education outcomes for adolescents and their future offspring.

Jacquie has led the development of a framework, and learning programmes, to facilitate and evaluate school-based DOHaD interventions. The framework enables teachers to contextualise learning in exploration of socioscientific issues relevant to DOHaD, and addresses shortcomings known to occur when the goals of all partner sectors are not respected in multisectoral interventions. The adaptable learning programmes are designed to link into regular school science, social science, and health education. They support adolescent empowerment in relation to critical citizenship, and scientific and health literacies, and promote actions relating to reducing future NCD risk. LENScience programmes are active in schools in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Tonga, and have been adapted by the University of Southampton for use in the United Kingdom.

Key to these programmes is a narrative-based pedagogy developed by the Liggins Institute and adopted by the University of Southampton. This supports young people to explore their own frame of reference with regard to socioscientific issues, such as the NCD epidemic, before exploring perspectives based on evidence from science, health, sociology and the community. Thus, rather than programmes telling young people how to act, they encourage young people to explore and interpret evidence, and decide for themselves what actions they might take to support improved health and wellbeing. 

With a PhD in Health Sciences and a MEd (Hons) in Science Education, Jacquie brings to her role expertise from science, health, and education. She is a Principal Investigator at the Liggins Institute, leading DOHaD knowledge translation research with an emphasis on adolescent populations. Prior to joining the Liggins Institute, Jacquie was Head of Science at Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland where she was known for her work in the integration of ICT tools in teaching and learning, and the promotion of research-based learning programmes for 11-18 year olds. Experienced in curriculum management and national marking panels, she is a past president of the Biology Educators' Association of New Zealand and a recipient of the NZASE Peter Spratt Medal for sustained contribution to science education in New Zealand. 


Research | Current

  • DOHaD Knowledge Translation 
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Science Communication
  • Scientific literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • The role of school-based interventions in primary NCD risk reduction 

Major grant funding:

  • Norman F Barry Foundation | LENScience Healthy Start to Life Education for Adolscents Project, 2017-2019
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZAid Partnership Grant | Pacific Science for Health Literacy Project, 2013-2017
  • BUPA Founcation | NZ-UK Collaboration, Sustainable adolescent health behaviour change 2013-2017

  • National Research Centre for Growth and Development: A Healthy Start to Life - Adolescent Education 2009-2011
  • Ministry of Education LEOTC Grant: LENScience Face to Face 2009 - 2014
  • KAREN Capability Build Fund: LENScience Connect ‘09 2009
  • National Research Centre for Growth and Development Pilot Grant: LENScience Connect 2009
  • National Research Centre for Growth and Development Pilot Grant: Community Education (with K Franko) 2009
  • Friedlander Foundation: LENScience Summer School Student Support Grant 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Logan Campbell Residuary Trust: LENScience Programme Support Grant 2008, 2009, 2010
  • National Research Centre for Growth and Development: E-Learning Development Grant 2010-2011
  • Te Puni Kākiri (Ministry for Māori Development): LENScience Māori and Pacific Education Programme Grant 2010-2012


Teaching | Current

  • SCIGEN 301: Engaging in a Knowledge Society
  • Healthy Start to Life Education Programme | Professional Learning and Development Programmes
  • Pacific Science for Health Literacy Project | Professional Development Programmes 

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising 3x PhD

Previously supervised 4x MHSc; 1x BHSc Hons; 4x summer students (health sciences); 1x undergraduate intern (Health Technology) 



NZASE Peter Spratt Medal for Sustained Contribution to Science Education in New Zealand

New Zealand Tertiary ICT Innovation in Infrastructure Award 2010

Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand Education Innovation Award 2009

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • WUN Global Challenge, Public Health (NCDs) School as a Setting | Academic lead (2013 -   )

  • MBIE Science and Society Reference Group Member (2013-2015)

  • Ministry of Education Cross-Agency New Zealand STEM Science Plan - Group member (2013 - 2014)

  • NZCER Science Resource Project Advisory Group - Member (2012 - 2013)

  • Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee, Adolescent Transitions, Taskforce Member (2010 - 2011)

  • Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee, Engaging Young New Zealanders with Science Project,  Steering Group Member (2009 - 2011)

  • NRCGD Associate Director Outreach (2009 - 2011)

  • Biology Educators’ Association of New Zealand,  President, 2007 - 2011

  • Biology Educators’ Association of New Zealand,  Executive members responsible for curriculum support, 2005 - 2007

  • Member of the NZASE Council (2006 - 2011)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Tu'akoi S, Vickers, M. H., Tairea, K., Aung, Y. Y. M., Tamarua-Herman, N., 'Ofanoa M, & Bay, J. L. (2018). The significance of DOHaD for Small Island Developing States. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 9 (5), 487-491. 10.1017/s2040174418000466
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Malakai 'Ofanoa, Siobhan Tu'akoi
  • Oyamada, M., Lim, A., Dixon, R., Wall, C., & Bay, J. (2018). Development of understanding of DOHaD concepts in students during undergraduate health professional programs in Japan and New Zealand. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 9 (3), 253-259. 10.1017/s2040174418000338
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robyn Dixon, Clare Wall, Gigi Lim
  • Bay, J. L., Vickers, M. H., Mora, H. A., SLoboda, D. M., & Morton, S. M. (2017). Adolescents as agents of healthful change through scientific literacy development: A school-university partnership program in New Zealand. International Journal of STEM Education, 410.1186/s40594-017-0077-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Susan Morton
  • Bay, J. L., Hipkins, R., Siddiqi, K., Huque, R., Dixon, R., Shirley, D., ... Vickers, M. H. (2017). School-based primary NCD risk reduction: education and public health perspectives. Health promotion international, 32 (2), 369-379. 10.1093/heapro/daw096
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robyn Dixon, Mark Vickers
  • Bay, J. L. (2017). Adolescent Participation in the DOHaD Story: Changing power relations through collaborative narrative to catalyse the potential of DOHaD for intergenerational change The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Bay, J. L., Fohoko, F., La'Akulu M, Leota, O., Pulotu, L., Tu'ipuloto S, ... Pouvalu, E. H. (2016). Questioning in Tongan science classrooms: A pilot study to identify current practice, barriers and facilitators. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 17 (2)
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40519
  • Bay, J. L., & Vickers, M. H. (2016). Adolescent education: an opportunity to create a Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) circuit breaker. J Dev Orig Health Dis, 7 (5), 501-504. 10.1017/S204017441600026X
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44064
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers
  • Bay, J. L., Morton, S. M., & Vickers, M. H. (2016). Realizing the Potential of Adolescence to Prevent Transgenerational Conditioning of Noncommunicable Disease Risk: Multi-Sectoral Design Frameworks. Healthcare, 4 (3)10.3390/healthcare4030039
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Susan Morton

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