Postgraduate Education Group
Institute of Applied Health Sciences
University of Aberdeen
Room 1:071 Polwarth Building
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD
Leone Craig graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc (Honours) in Health Sciences and an MSc in Human Nutrition & Metabolism. In 2005 she completed a PhD in Nutrition at The Robert Gordon University focussing on the area of childhood obesity.
She joined the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine in October 2003 as a Research Assistant on the SEATON study. She was a Research Fellow in Public Health Nutrition from June 2005 to December 2017 when she moved to her current post of Teaching Fellow in Applied Health Sciences.
- PhD Nutrition2005 - The Robert Gordon University
- MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism1998 - University of Aberdeen
- BSc Health Sciences with Nutrition Honours1997 - University of Aberdeen
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
School Ethics Review Board PGT co-chair
Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank steering committee member
Aberdeen Birth Cohorts 1921 & 1936 steering committee member
- External Memberships
Current member of the Aberdeen City Council Resilient, Included, Supported Local Outcome Improvement Group
Current member of the Scottish Active Healthy Weight Report Card Team
Previous member of the Nutrition Society Scottish Section CommitteePrevious member of the NHS Grampian Maternal & Infant Nutrition/Child Healthy Weight Steering GroupPrevious member of the National Child Healthy Weight Evaluation Advisory Group
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.
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.
Applied Health SciencesSupervising
Nutrition and HealthSupervising
A positive deviance approach to determine strategies for improving diet quality.
Measurement and communication of healthy sustainable diets.
Comparison of methods for global assessment of diets.
Development and testing of nutritional resources for adolescents from a low socio-economic background.
- The Study of Eczema and Asthma To Observe the influence of Nutrition (SEATON) longitudinal study.
- 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.
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
2021/2022 Course co-coordinator PU5056 Key Concepts in Global Health
2020/2021-present Course co-coordinator PU5041 Public Health in Action
2020/2021-present Course co-coordinator PU5525 Health Needs Assessment
2019/2020-present Course coordinator PU5547 Challenges in Global Nutrition
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)
2016/17-2018/2019 Course coordinator PU5534 Public Health Nutrition (MSc Human Nutrition programme)
2015/16 Assistant course coordinator PU5504 Public Health Nutrition (MSc Human Nutrition programme)
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)
Supervision of MSc Human Nutrition, MSc Clinical Nutrition, Masters in Public Health, MSc Global Health & Management research projects
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
PGT SUCCESS PLUS mentor
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Results from Scotland’s 2021 Report Card on Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth: Grades, Secular Trends, and Socio-Economic InequalitiesJournal of Exercise Science & FitnessContributions to Journals: Articles
Food-Level Analysis to Identify Dietary Choices With the Highest Nutritional Quality and Lowest Greenhouse Gas Emissions and PriceFrontiers in Nutrition, vol. 9, 851826Contributions to Journals: Articles
Mediterranean-type diet and brain structural change from 73 to 79 years in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, vol. 26, pp. 368–372Contributions to Journals: Articles
Nutritional Quality, Environmental Impact and Cost of Ultra-Processed Foods: A UK Food-Based AnalysisInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 6, 3191Contributions to Journals: Articles
What information do consumers want about the greenhouse gas emissions of their diets?Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles
UK residents with low incomes and healthy diets: in search of exemplarsContributions to Journals: Conference Articles
UK residents with low incomes and healthy diets: in search of exemplarsContributions to Conferences: Other Contributions
What features of a nutrition resource are important to adolescents of a low socioeconomic status?Public Health Nutrition, vol. 23, no. 10, pp. 1716-1725Contributions to Journals: Articles
Socio-Cultural Coaching to enhance Careers and Employability: Supporting Success.Contributions to Conferences: Papers
Estimating plate-based model food proportions in adults living in Scotland using short dietary assessment questionnairesNutrition and Dietetics, vol. 76, no. 5, pp. 521-531Contributions to Journals: Articles
A self-help diet and physical activity intervention with dietetic support for weight management in men treated for prostate cancer: pilot study of the Prostate Cancer Weight Management (PRO-MAN) randomised controlled trialBritish Journal of Nutrition, vol. 122, no. 5, pp. 592-600Contributions to Journals: Articles
Greenhouse gas emissions of UK dietsContributions to Journals: Conference Articles
Pilot randomised controlled trial of Weight Watchers® referral with or without dietitian-led group support for weight loss in women treated for breast cancer: the BRIGHT (BReast cancer weIGHT loss) trial.Pilot & Feasibility Studies, vol. 5, 24Contributions to Journals: Articles
Maternal vitamin D and E intakes in pregnancy and asthma to age 15 years: A cohort studyPediatric Pulmonology, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 11-19Contributions to Journals: Articles
Transitioning postgraduate students: Enhanced student support through socio-cultural coachingContributions to Conferences: Papers
Dietary patterns of households in Scotland: Differences by level of deprivation and associations with dietary goalsNutrition and Health, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 29-35Contributions to Journals: Articles
Parents and School Children Talking about Food and Drink Choices – A Focus Group StudyHealth Behavior and Policy Review, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 28-39Contributions to Journals: Articles
How important are the influencing factors to the decision on whether to provide seafood in infant and young child feeding?Appetite, vol. 117, pp. 224-233Contributions to Journals: Articles
Socio-economic differences in diet, physical activity and leisure-time screen use among Scottish children in 2006 and 2010: are we closing the gap?Public Health Nutrition, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 951-958Contributions to Journals: Articles
Assessing the relative validity of the Scottish Collaborative Group FFQ for measuring dietary intake in adultsPublic Health Nutrition, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 449-455Contributions to Journals: Articles
Mediterranean-type diet and brain structural change from 73 to 76 years in a Scottish cohortNeurology, vol. 88, no. 5, pp. 449-455Contributions to Journals: Articles
Factors influencing mothers' decisions on whether to provide seafood during early years' feeding: A qualitative studyAppetite, vol. 108, pp. 277-287Contributions to Journals: Articles
Development and piloting of a food-based intervention to increase vitamin E intake in pregnant women in a randomised controlled trialFood Science and Nutrition, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 848-851Contributions to Journals: Articles
A comparison of preprepared commercial infant feeding meals with home-cooked recipesArchives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 101, no. 11, pp. 1037-1042Contributions to Journals: Articles
Seafood inclusion in commercial main meal early years' food productsMaternal and Child Nutrition, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 860-868Contributions to Journals: Articles
Something fishy about homecooked infant feeding recipesCommunity Practitioner, vol. 89, no. 4, pp. 36-41Contributions to Journals: Articles
Early growth characteristics and the risk of reduced lung function and asthma: A meta-analysis of 25,000 childrenJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol. 137, no. 4, pp. 1026-1035Contributions to Journals: Articles
Using food intake records to estimate compliance with the Eatwell plate dietary guidelinesJournal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 262-268Contributions to Journals: Articles
Consumers’ ability to match foods to the eatwell plateProceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol. 75, no. OCE3, pp. E166Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
Food and drink purchasing habits out of school at lunchtime: a national survey of secondary school pupils in ScotlandThe International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol. 12, 98Contributions to Journals: Articles
Maternal vitamin D and E intakes during pregnancy are associated with asthma in childrenEuropean Respiratory Journal, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 1027-1036Contributions to Journals: Articles
Assessing compliance with healthy eating recommendations for food groups: comparison of a food frequency questionnaire and diet diaryScottish Section Meeting, pp. E187Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
The Effect of Dietary and Exercise Interventions on Body Weight in Prostate Cancer Patients: A Systematic ReviewNutrition and Cancer, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 43-60Contributions to Journals: Articles
Updates to nutrient composition databases can influence observed changes in nutrient intakes: results from national surveys of diet among children in Scotland in 2006 and 2010Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol. 74, no. OCE3, pp. E203-E203Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
An exploratory study of the associations between maternal iron status in pregnancy and childhood wheeze and atopyBritish Journal of Nutrition, vol. 112, no. 12, pp. 2018-2027Contributions to Journals: Articles
"It's a balance of just getting things right": mothers' views about pre-school childhood obesity and obesity prevention in ScotlandBMC Public Health, vol. 14, 1009Contributions to Journals: Articles
Preterm birth, infant weight gain, and childhood asthma risk: A meta-analysis of 147,000 European childrenJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol. 133, no. 5, pp. 1317-1329Contributions to Journals: Articles
Functional gene group analysis indicates no role for heterotrimeric G proteins in cognitive abilityPloS ONE, vol. 9, no. 3, e91690Contributions to Journals: Articles
Physical capability and subsequent positive mental wellbeing in older people: findings from five HALCyon cohortsAge, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 445-456Contributions to Journals: Articles
Prevalence and year-on-year trends in childhood thinness in a whole population studyArchives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 58-61Contributions to Journals: Articles
A randomised feasibility trial with women treated for breast cancer comparing a commercial weight loss programme alone; with additional breast cancer focused dietitian-led groups and waiting- list control: The Breast Cancer Healthy Weight (BRIGHT) TrialAmerican Institute of Cancer Research Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and CancerContributions to Journals: Abstracts
Human cognitive ability is influenced by genetic variation in components of postsynaptic signalling complexes assembled by NMDA receptors and MAGUK proteinsTranslational Psychiatry, vol. 4, pp. 1-8Contributions to Journals: Articles
Intervention vignettes as a qualitative tool to refine complex intervention designTrials, vol. 14, no. Suppl 1, pp. O55Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
Breastfeeding and introduction of complementary foods during infancy in relation to the risk of asthma and atopic diseases up to 10 yearsClinical & experimental allergy, vol. 43, no. 11, pp. 1263-1273Contributions to Journals: Articles
Telomere Length and Physical Performance at Older Ages: An Individual Participant Meta-AnalysisPloS ONE, vol. 8, no. 7, e69526Contributions to Journals: Articles
Significant others, situations and infant feeding behaviour change processes: a serial qualitative interview studyBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 13, 114Contributions to Journals: Articles
Interventions to promote weight loss in women treated for breast cancer: a systematic reviewObesity Facts, vol. 6, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 85Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
The effect of dietary and exercise interventions on body weight in men diagnosed with prostate cancer: A systematic reviewObesity Facts, vol. 6, no. Suppl.1, pp. 118-119Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
Main final report of a research study commissioned to inform a preschool child weight management programme within Grampian: Parents' and health visitors' prespectivesCommissioned by GRAMPIAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST. NHS Grampian. 85 pagesBooks and Reports: Commissioned Reports
Growing up before growing out: secular trends in height, weight and obesity in 5–6-year-old children born between 1970 and 2006Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 98, no. 4, pp. 269-273Contributions to Journals: Articles