Associate Professor

Janice F. Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N.Janice F. Bell is an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She teaches the Doctoral Seminar and Research Design in Nursing and Health Care: Quantitative courses to first-year Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership doctoral students.

Bell is an accomplished health services researcher who focuses on how health systems and services influence the quality and accessibility of care, especially for children, youth and vulnerable populations. She is an active member of the school’s Collaborative Cancer Care Research Group (3CRG), a research initiative focused on developing and testing health information technology-enabled interventions to improve the process and outcomes of oncology care. Bell teaches, conducts research and mentors students in the area of health services research.

Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Bell was an assistant professor of health services in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. There she served as a primary faculty member for the school’s Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program, an interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program that prepares students for careers in maternal and child public health practice.

At the University of Washington, Bell led several health services research projects, including a statewide evaluation of nurse-led care management for high-risk, high-cost Medicaid beneficiaries with addiction and mental health problems. Her other recent research includes topics such as disparities in primary care quality provided to children with mental health needs, nationwide trends in the use of pediatric preventive dental health services and geographic factors that contribute to childhood obesity.

Bell received the 2011 Outstanding Manuscript Award at the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference for a paper that examined associations between shortened sleep duration early in life and subsequent obesity in children.

She earned her doctoral degree in Health Services Research from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2005. In 2001, she received a Master of Nursing Degree and a Master of Public Health Degree, both from the University of Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Toronto in 1984.

Bell also completed an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality postdoctoral fellowship in health services at the University of Washington.

Her research has been published in Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, Medical Care, The American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the Maternal and Child Health Journal, among other academic journals.

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