• The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Current projects

Modelling linked population data to understand and improve long-term outcomes for children of incarcerated mothers to reduce social and economic impacts


Dr Megan Bell is a Research Fellow at the School of Population & Global Health. Her primary area of interest is in child development and family well-being. Her current research focus is on investigating the health, education, and welfare outcomes of children whose mothers have been to prison. She earned her Master of Clinical Psychology in 2018 and her PhD in 2017, both from the University of Western Austalia. Previously she worked at Telethon Kids Institute researching child and family characteristics that can impact early child development, and also managed the Child Development Atlas project. Megan has tutored in undergraduate Psychology and Psychiatry units at UWA and in 2015 was awarded the UWA Student Guild Student Choice Teaching Award for her teaching in Psychological Research Methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Master of Clinical Psychology with Distinction, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 26 Feb 2018

Psychology, PhD, Early Childhood Predictors of School Readiness: A Multi-Level Linked Data Study

Award Date: 13 Dec 2017

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Evaluating a Cascade Model of Fluid Intelligence in Preterm Children Aged 6-7 Years: The Contributions of Working Memory, Processing Speed, and Attention, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 2012

External positions

Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

1 Jan 2024 → …

Post Doctoral Researcher/Project Manager, Telethon Kids Institute

3 Apr 201730 Mar 2020

Industry keywords

  • Children and Young People
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Child Development
  • School Readiness
  • Linked Data
  • Family Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Parental Incarceration


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