Dr Leone Craig

Dr Leone Craig
Dr Leone Craig

Dr Leone Craig

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

Teaching Fellow

Accepting PhDs


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.

From May to October 2007 she 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 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 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

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.

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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

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

PhD supervisor 

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Personal Tutor



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  • An exploratory study of the associations between maternal iron status in pregnancy and childhood wheeze and atopy

    Nwaru, B. I., Hayes, H., Gambling, L., Craig, L. C. A., Allan, K., Prabhu, N., Turner, S. W., McNeill, G., Erkkola, M., Seaton, A., McArdle, H. J., Devereux, G.
    British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 112, no. 12, pp. 2018-2027
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • "It's a balance of just getting things right": mothers' views about pre-school childhood obesity and obesity prevention in Scotland

    Douglas, F., Clark, J., Craig, L., Campbell, J., McNeill, G.
    BMC Public Health, vol. 14, 1009
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Preterm birth, infant weight gain, and childhood asthma risk: A meta-analysis of 147,000 European children

    Sonnenschein-van der Voort, A. M. M., Arends, L. R., de Jongste, J. C., Annesi-Maesano, I., Arshad, S. H., Barros, H., Basterrechea, M., Bisgaard, H., Chatzi, L., Corpeleijn, E., Correia, S., Craig, L. C., Devereux, G., Dogaru, C., Dostal, M., Duchen, K., Eggesbø, M., van der Ent, C. K., Fantini, M. P., Forastiere, F., Frey, U., Gehring, U., Gori, D., van der Gugten, A. C., Hanke, W., Henderson, A. J., Heude, B., Iñiguez, C., Inskip, H. M., Keil, T., Kelleher, C. C., Kogevinas, M., Kreiner-Møller, E., Kuehni, C. E., Küpers, L. K., Lancz, K., Larsen, P. S., Lau, S., Ludvigsson, J., Mommers, M., Nybo Andersen, A., Palkovicova, L., Pike, K. C., Pizzi, C., Polanska, K., Porta, D., Richiardi, L., Roberts, G., Schmidt, A., Sram, R. J., Sunyer, J., Thijs, C., Torrent, M., Viljoen, K., Wijga, A. H., Vrijheid, M., Jaddoe, V. W. V., Duijts, L.
    Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol. 133, no. 5, pp. 1317-1329
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Functional gene group analysis indicates no role for heterotrimeric G proteins in cognitive ability

    Hill, W. D., de Leeuw, C., Davies, G., Liewald, D. C. M., Payton, A., Craig, L. C. A., Whalley, L. J., Horan, M., Ollier, W., Starr, J. M., Pendleton, N., Posthuma, D., Bates, T. C., Deary, I. J.
    PloS ONE, vol. 9, no. 3, e91690
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Physical capability and subsequent positive mental wellbeing in older people: findings from five HALCyon cohorts

    Cooper, R., Stafford, M., Hardy, R., Aihie Sayer, A., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Cooper, C., Craig, L., Deary, I. J., Gallacher, J., McNeill, G., Starr, J. M., Kuh, D., Gale, C. R., on behalf of the HALCyon study team
    Age, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 445-456
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Prevalence and year-on-year trends in childhood thinness in a whole population study

    Smith, S., Craig, L. C. A., Raja, E. A., McNeill, G., Turner, S. W.
    Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 58-61
    Contributions 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) Trial

    Newlands, R., Clark, J., Craig, L. C. A., Hoddinott, P., Heys, S. D., McNeill, G.
    American Institute of Cancer Research Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Human cognitive ability is influenced by genetic variation in components of postsynaptic signalling complexes assembled by NMDA receptors and MAGUK proteins

    Hill, W. D., Davies, G., Van De Lagemaat, L. N., Christoforou, A., Marioni, R. E., Fernandes, C. P. D., Liewald, D. C., Croning, M. D. R., Payton, A., Craig, L. C. A., Whalley, L. J., Horan, M., Ollier, W., Hansell, N. K., Wright, M. J., Martin, N. G., Montgomery, G. W., Steen, V. M., Le Hellard, S., Espeseth, T., Lundervold, A. J., Reinvang, I., Starr, J. M., Pendleton, N., Grant, S. G. N., Bates, T. C., Deary, I. J.
    Translational Psychiatry, vol. 4, pp. 1-8
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Intervention vignettes as a qualitative tool to refine complex intervention design

    Hoddinott, P., Morgan, H., Thomson, G., Crossland, N., Craig, L., Britten, J., Farrar, S., Newlands, R., Kiezebrink, K., Coyle, J.
    Trials, vol. 14, no. Suppl 1, pp. O55
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Breastfeeding and introduction of complementary foods during infancy in relation to the risk of asthma and atopic diseases up to 10 years

    Nwaru, B. I., Craig, L. C. A., Allan, K., Prabhu, N., Turner, S. W., McNeill, G., Erkkola, M., Seaton, A., Devereux, G. S.
    Clinical & experimental allergy, vol. 43, no. 11, pp. 1263-1273
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Books and Reports

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals