Bethany A. Bell

Associate Professor of Education; Chair of the Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy


  • Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2008
  • M.P.H., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2002
  • B.A., Mary Washington College, 1997

Bethany A. Bell is an Associate Professor of Education in the Research, Statistics, and Evaluation Program and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy. Bethany’s multidisciplinary research agenda has three primary goals: (1) to expand the methodological knowledgebase of complex statistical procedures to advance health and education equity research, (2) to reduce health-related inequities, with a primary focus on nutrition-related outcomes, among disenfranchised populations locally and nationally, and (3) to make complex analyses more accessible to applied researchers. To achieve these goals, she conducts Monte Carlo simulation studies, develops SAS macros and “how to” papers, and examines social determinants of various health outcomes, using both primary and secondary data sources. Her newest area of research, in collaboration with colleagues from Education Foundations and Sociology, focuses on developing new survey instruments to measure people’s experiences of race and racism as well as their responses to those experiences. By developing new ways to understand the embodiment of one’s race, they look to advance their understanding of the mechanisms that link race and health inequities. Her research has been recognized with awards and honors by both the American Education Research Association (Division D Early Career Award in Measurement and Research Methodology – Quantitative Methods and Statistical Theory) and the National Institutes of Health (Loan Repayment Program Award in Health Disparities Research, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities).