Dr Leone Craig

Dr Leone Craig
Dr Leone Craig
Dr Leone Craig

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA


Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 438040
Office Address

Postgraduate Education Group

Institute of Applied Health Sciences 

University of Aberdeen

Room 1:071 Polwarth Building


Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


I am a Lecturer in Applied Health Sciences, currently leading the MSc Applied Health Sciences programme.

I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc (Honours) in Health Sciences and an MSc in Human Nutrition & Metabolism. In 2005, I completed a PhD in Nutrition at The Robert Gordon University focussing on the area of childhood obesity. 

I joined the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Aberdeen in October 2003 as a Research Assistant on the SEATON study. I was a Research Fellow in Public Health Nutrition from June 2005 to December 2017 when I moved to my previous post of Teaching Fellow in Applied Health Sciences.

From May to October 2007 I had a part-time secondment to the Food Standards Agency Scotland, Science Branch as a Scientific Advisor (Diet and Nutrition).



  • PhD Nutrition 
    2005 - The Robert Gordon University 
  • MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism 
    1998 - University of Aberdeen 
  • BSc Health Sciences with Nutrition Honours 
    1997 - University of Aberdeen 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

School Ethics Review Board PGT chair

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition PGT Academic Integrity Committee member

Re-Imagining our campus: Education working group member

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Education Development and Recruitment Committee member

Online Education Forum member - School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition representative

Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties academic lead and steering group member

Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank steering committee member

Aberdeen Birth Cohorts 1921 & 1936 steering committee member

External Memberships

Current member of the Community Planning Aberdeen Resilient, Included and Supported Outcome Improvement Group

Current member of the Scottish Active Healthy Kids Report Card Team

Current member NHS Grampian Maternal & Infant Nutrition Clinical Group

Current member of the North East (Scotland) Place and Wellbeing Network

Previous member of the Nutrition Society Scottish Section Committee

Previous member of the NHS Grampian Maternal & Infant Nutrition/Child Healthy Weight Steering Group
Previous member of the National Child Healthy Weight Evaluation Advisory Group
Faculty of Public Health Associate member
Nutrition Society member

Research Overview

Dietary assessment and cross-sectional and cohort studies of diet and health in children and adults. Early life nutrition including infant feeding and child healthy weight.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Applied Health Sciences, Nutrition and Health.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

Email Me

Applied Health Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Nutrition and Health

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Health Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental and Public Health

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  1. A positive deviance approach to determine strategies for improving diet quality.
  2. Measurement and communication of healthy sustainable diets.
  3. Comparison of methods for global assessment of diets.
  4. Development and testing of nutritional resources for adolescents from a low socio-economic background.
  5. The Study of Eczema and Asthma To Observe the influence of Nutrition (SEATON) longitudinal study.
  6. Aberdeen Birth Cohort (ABC) 1936 & 1921.

Funding and Grants

Secondary Analysis of the Survey of Sugar Intake among Children in Scotland (Food Standards Agency Scotland) 2007-2008. £69,040. McNeill G, Masson L, Craig L, Macdiarmid J, Holmes B.

A prospective study exploring the early infant feeding experiences of parents and their significant others during the first 6 months of life: what would make a difference? (NHS Health Scotland) 2009-2010. £89,754. Hoddinott P, Craig L, McInnes R.

Survey of diet, influences on food choices and eating practices among children in Scotland in 2010 (Food Standards Agency Scotland) 2010-2011. £468,204. Masson L, McNeill G, Macdiarmid J, Craig L, Bromley C.

Feasibility study for a trial of proactive telephone support for breastfeeding women (NHS Grampian) 2010-2011. £46,007. Hoddinott P, Craig L, McNicol J, Chick C, Riach J.

Qualitative Evaluation of the Eat, Play and Grow Well Programme (NHS Grampian) 2010-2011. £29,991. Craig L, Douglas F.

Development and clinical piloting of a dietary soup intervention during pregnancy with the aim of reducing the likelihood of childhood asthma (Baxters, Knowledge Exchange Transfer Fund, UoA Development Trust) 2012-2013. £52,487. Devereux G, Clark J, McNeill G, Norrie J, Craig L, Danielian P, Turner S.

Research to inform the development of a child healthy weight intervention for pre-school children (NHS Grampian) 2012-2013. £29,500. Craig L, Douglas F, Clark J, Jackson D, McNeill G, Reid V.



Teaching Responsibilities

Programme Coordination

2020/2021-present Programme coordinator MSc Applied Health Sciences

2020/2021-present IAHS/Rowett On-Demand coordinator

2017/2018-2020/2021 Programme co-coordinator MSc Global Health & Management


Course Coordination


2023/2024 Course coordinator PU5041 Public Health in Action

2022/2023-present Course coordinator PU5056/PU5062 Key Concepts in Global Health

2022/2023-present Course coordinator PU5552 Public Health in Action

2019/2020-present Course coordinator PU5547 Challenges in Global Nutrition



2021/2022 Course co-coordinator PU5056 Key Concepts in Global Health

2020/2021-2022/2023 Course co-coordinator PU5041 Public Health in Action

2020/2021-2021/2022 Course co-coordinator PU5525 Health Needs Assessment

2018/2019-2020/21 Course co-coordinator PU5042 Introduction to Global Health

2018/2019-2019/2020 Course co-coordinator PU5505 Global Health (MSc Global Health & Management programme)

2016/2017-2018/2019 Course coordinator PU5534 Public Health Nutrition (MSc Human Nutrition programme)

2015/2016 Assistant course coordinator PU5504 Public Health Nutrition (MSc Human Nutrition programme)


Unit Lead

Unit lead on PU5505 Global Health (MSc Global Health & Management programme)

Unit lead on RN5504 Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages (MSc Clinical Nutrition programme)


Additional teaching

Lecturer on MSc Human Nutrition programme (RN5008 Assessment of Nutritional Status, RN5507 Nutrition and Health, PU5534 Public Health Nutrition, RN5505 Clinical Nutrition)

Lecturer on MSc Clinical Nutrition programme (RN5002 Assessment of Nutritional Health, RN5504 Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages)

Tutor on PU5027/PU5052 Fundamentals of Research Design



Supervision of MSc Human Nutrition, MSc Clinical Nutrition, Masters in Public Health, MSc Global Health & Management research projects

PhD supervisor 

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Personal Tutor



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