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Jacquie Bay

Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Translation | LENScience Programme Lead

Jacquie Bay Sept 2019

PhD Health Sciences, MEd (Hons) First Class Science Education, BSc, Dip Tchg


Contact details

Phone: +64 9 923 4282 



Research interests

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


Jacquie Bay joined the Liggins Institute in 2006. She was the 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. 


Teaching, affiliations and collaborations

Teaching programmes designed:

  • Healthy Start to Life Education Programme
  • LENScience Bio-Med Summer School
  • LENScience Connect
  • LENScience Face to Face 
  • LENScience Senior Biology Seminar Series
  • LENScience Students as Researchers
  • LENScience Teacher Professional Development


Current Affiliations and Collaborations

New Zealand - The Liggins Institute, Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development,  The Allan Wilson Centre, Bio-Protection Research Centre, The Centre for Brain Research.

Past President, Biology Educators' Association of New Zealand

International - The University of Southampton


Key Publications

Papers and Book Chapters

  1. 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, 4(1), 15. 10.1186/s40594-017-0077-0
  2. Bay JL, Hipkins R, Siddiqi K, Huque R, Dixon R, Shirley D, Tairea K, Yaqona D, Mason-Jones A, Vickers MH. (2017) School-based primary NCD risk reduction: education and public health perspectives. Health Promotion International 2017; 32(2): 369-79
  3. Bay JL, Fehoko F, La’akulu M, Leota O, Pulotu L, Tu’ipulotu S, Tutoe S, Tovo O, Veikoso A, Pouvalu EH. (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): Article 10
  4. Bay JL, Vickers MH. (2016) Adolescent education: an opportunity to create a Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) circuit breaker. Journal of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 7(5): 501-4
  5. Bay JL, Morton SM, Vickers MH. (2016) Realizing the potential of adolescence to prevent transgenerational conditioning of noncommunicable disease risk: multi-sectoral design frameworks. Healthcare 4(3): 39
  6. Fogg-Rogers L, Bay JL, Burgess H, Purdy SC. (2015) “Knowledge Is Power”. A mixed-methods study exploring adult audience preferences for engagement and learning formats over 3 years of a health science festival. Science Communication 37(4): 420-451
  7. Bay JL, Spiroski AM, Fogg-Rogers L, McCann CM, Faull RL, & Barber PA. (2015) Stroke awareness and knowledge in an urban New Zealand population. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases 24(6): 1153-1162
  8. Bay JL. (2013) Scientific literacy: the opportunity for leadership sits with science teachers – we need to talk about it. New Zealand Science Teacher 132 (1): 50-53
  9. Bay JL, Mora HA, Sloboda DM, Morton SM, Vickers MH, Gluckman PD. (2012) Adolescent understanding of DOHaD concepts: a school-based intervention to support knowledge translation and behaviour change. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 3(6): 469-482
  10. Bay JL, Vickers MH, Sloboda DM, Mora HA. (2012) Multi-dimensional connections: the Liggins Education Network for Science. Developing Partnerships to Enhance Science Education. In: France B, Compton V, Editors. Bringing communities together: Connecting learners with scientists or technologists. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, 161-174
  11. France B, Mora HA, Bay JL. (2012) Changing perspectives: exploring a pedagogy to examine other perspectives about stem cell research. International Journal of Science Education 34(5): 803-824
  12. Grace M, Bay JL. (2011) Developing a pedagogy to support science for health literacy. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching 12(2): Forward
  13. Bay J, Rice K, Burrell T. (2011) Nurturing the seed for lifelong learning. NZ Science Teacher 128: 42-43
  14. Gluckman P, Low F, Bay J. (2011) The value of evidence-based life skills education. In: Improving the Transition: reducing social and psychological morbidity during adolescence. A report from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. Auckland: Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee, 2011; link to this report
  15. Bay JL, Meylan R, Leaman J, Gibbs, S, Beedle A. (2010) Engaging Young New Zealanders with Science: Priorities for Action in School Science Education. In: Looking Ahead: Science Education for the Twenty-First Century. A report from the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. Auckland: Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee, 2010; link to this report
  16. France B, Bay JL. (2010) Questions Students Ask: Bridging the gap between scientists and students in a research institute classroom. International Journal of Science Education 32(2): 173-94; link to this article
  17. Bay JL. (2009) Evolution of secondary school biology education in New Zealand: Impact of changes in biological science from 1878 to 2008. New Zealand Science Review 66(3), 118-122; link to this article
  18. Bay JL. (2009) Biology education: looking back as we move forward. New Zealand Science Teacher 120: 43
  19. Bay JL, Stone M. (2008) The place of human biology in the senior biology curriculum. New Zealand Science Teacher 118: 41-42

Intervention Tools

  1. Herman H, Tairea K, Bay J. (2017) My Health Profile; Tongan Edition. Auckland: Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland
  2. Barrett-Watson C, Bay J. (2017) Two Hundred Years of Lifestyle Change on Rarotonga: Tauianga o te Oraanga i Rarotonga Nei Roto i Tetai Rua Anere Mataiti. Read Pacific Publishing: Auckland
  3. Herman H, Tairea K, Bay J. (2016) My Health Profile; Cook Islands Edition. Auckland: Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland
  4. Bay JL, Mora H, Sloboda DM, Vickers M. (2016) Children Programmed for Obesity; Cook Islands Edition. Read Pacific Publishing: Auckland
  5. Bay JL, Yaqona D. (2016) Me, Myself, My Environment: Me’akai; Student Book, Tongan Edition. Read Pacific Publishing: Auckland
  6. Bay JL, Mora H. (2016) Te Maki Toto Vene (T2): E Manamanata no Toku Iti Tangata (Exploring Type 2 Diabetes: A Socio-Scientific Issue for My Community; Teacher Resource, Cook Islands Edition). Read Pacific Publishing: Auckland
  7. Bay JL, Yaqona D. (2015) Me, Myself, My Environment: Kai no te Oraanga Meitaki; Student Book, Cook Islands Edition. Read Pacific Publishing: Auckland
  8. Bay JL. (2015) My First 1000 Days. Read Pacific Publishing: Auckland
  9. Bay JL, Mora HA. (2013) Type 2 Diabetes: An Issue for My Community, Exploration of a socio-scientific issue.  Auckland: Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland
  10. Bay JL, Mora HA, Translated by Pohatu H. (2013) Ko Au, Ko Au Anō, Ko Tōku Taiao: Te Kai,Te Marautanga o Aotearoa Kōeke 4 Kaiako Kōpaki Rauemi. Te Wānanga Rangahau o Liggins, Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau.
  11. Bay JL, Mora HA. (2010) Me, Myself, My Environment: Nutrition. New Zealand Curriculum Level 4. Auckland: Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. 2010
  12. Bay JL, Mora HA. (2010) Me, Myself, My Environment: Nutrition. New Zealand Curriculum Level 4 Teacher Resource. Auckland: Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland. 2010
  13. Bay JL, Mora HA (2010) LENScience Bio-Med Summer ’10 Student Handbook. Auckland: Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland. 2010
  14. Bay JL, Mora HA. (2009) Me, Myself, My Environment: Growing Up. New Zealand Curriculum Level 5 Teacher Resource. Auckland: Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland. 2009