Dr Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly 

Senior Lecturer in Public Health
PhD, MPH, B.Sc. (Nutrition) Hons

PHONE: +61 2 4221 3893




Dr Bridget Kelly is a Public Health Dietitian and early career researcher. Bridget’s research interests are in the development of healthy public policy to create supportive environments for health and wellbeing. This includes reducing children’s exposure to unhealthy food and beverage marketing, and the provision of nutrition information at the point-of-sale. To this end, Bridget had led significant national and international research in the field of food marketing and front-of-pack food labelling, which have contributed to high level policy discussions and reports. Her PhD specifically related to assessing the nature and scope of food sponsorship of children’s sports clubs, and the impact that this has on children’s food attitudes and intake.


  • Measurement of food environments
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of food environment interventions to improve population nutrition
  • Research to underpin food policy development, especially related to food marketing and food labelling


  • Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Title: Applying a logic model to link unhealthy food promotion to childhood obesity. Bridget Kelly (CIA), Louise Baur, Samantha Thomas, Adrian Bauman, Lesley King, Emma Boyland, Kathy Chapman, Clare Hughes. 2014-2017, $192,035.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Title: The independent and combined effects of front-of-pack food labelling systems and health claims on consumers' food-related beliefs and behaviours. Simone Pettigrew, Bridget Kelly (CIB), Kylie Ball, Bruce Neal, Caroline Miller, Clare Hughes, Helen Dixon, Trevor Shilton. 2014-2016, $203,513.
  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency. Preventive Health Research Grants Program 2011/12. Title: Online food and beverage marketing to children and Adolescents. Dr Becky Freeman, Prof. Simon Chapman, Dr Bridget Kelly (Chief Investigator C), Ms Lesley King, Ms Kathy Chapman, Prof. Louise Baur, A/Prof. Tim Gill. 2012-2015, $285,075



  • Course coordinator for Bachelor of Public Health and Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition
  • Subject coordinator, HAS 937 Nutrition Promotion, HAS 936 Public Health Nutrition, HAS130 Social Determinants of Health



  • Vinod Gopaldasani – Supporting healthy lifestyles in the mining industry through nutrition, physical activity and hydration promotion
  • Hamid – Examining associations between the local food environment and dietary intake in the Illawarra
  • Jenny Norman – Assessing the sustained impact of energy-dense food marketing on children’s dietary intake
  • Rachael Smith - Examining the impact of discretionary food marketing on children’s brand associations and attachments
  • Nyama – Food labelling in Mongolia and policy drivers



  • Amy Carrad: Developing health promoting gymnastics clubs in NSW
  • Sameeha Mohd Jamil: Using food marketing strategies to drive healthy food behaviours in young children and their families
  • Limin Buchanan: Digital marketing and its influences on young people: energy drinks as case study



  1. Kelly B, King L, Chapman K, Boyland E, Bauman AE, Baur LA. A hierarchy of food promotion effects: identifying methodological approaches and knowledge gaps. American Journal of Public Health 2015; 105(4): e86-e95.
  2. Kelly B, King L, Baur L, Rayner M, Lobstein T, Monteiro C, et al. Monitoring food and non-alcoholic beverage promotions to children. Obesity Reviews 2013;14:59-69.
  3. Kelly B, Freeman B, King L, Chapman K, Baur LA, Gill T. Television advertising, not viewing, is associated with negative dietary patterns in children. Pediatric Obesity. Published online 11 August 2015, DOI: 10.1111/ijpo.12057.
  4. Kelly B, King L, Jamiyan B, Chimedtseren N, Bold B, Medina VM, De los Reyes SJ, Marquez NV, Rome ACP, Cabanes AMO, Roda A, Go JJ, Bayandorj T, Carlos MCB, Varghese C, Shin H. Density of outdoor food and beverage advertising around schools in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) and Manila (The Philippines) and implications for policy. Critical Public Health. Published online 1 August 2014, doi: 10.1080/09581596.2014.940850.
  5. Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Freeman B, Jenkin G. New media but same old tricks: Food Marketing to children in the digital age. Current Obesity Reports. Published online 13 January 2015, doi: 10.1007/s13679-014-0128-5.


Last reviewed: 15 June, 2016