Dr Leone Craig

Dr Leone Craig
Dr Leone Craig

Dr Leone Craig

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

Teaching Fellow

Accepting PhDs

About

Postgraduate Education Group

Institute of Applied Health Sciences 

University of Aberdeen

Room 1:071 Polwarth Building

Foresterhill

Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

Biography

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).

 

Qualifications

  • 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

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

Supervising
Accepting PhDs

Nutrition and Health

Supervising
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

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

PGT SUCCESS PLUS mentor 

Publications

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  • Depressive symptoms and diet: their effects on prospective inflammation levels in the elderly

    Luciano, M., Mõttus, R., Starr, J. M., McNeill, G., Jia, X., Craig, L. C. A., Deary, I. J.
    Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 717-720
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Pathways from childhood intelligence and socio-economic status to late-life cardiovascular disease risk

    Hagger-Johnson, G., Mõttus, R., Craig, L. C. A., Starr, J. M., Deary, I. J.
    Health Psychology, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 403-412
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A serial qualitative interview study of infant feeding experiences: idealism meets realism

    Hoddinott, P., Craig, L. C. A., Britten, J., McInnes, R. M.
    BMJ Open, vol. 2, no. 2, e000504
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Novel Dietary Intervention to Optimize Vitamin E Intake of Pregnant Women to 15 mg/Day

    Clark, J., Craig, L., McNeill, G., Smith, N., Norrie, J., Devereux, G.
    Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 112, no. 2, pp. 297-301
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A multi-cohort study of polymorphisms in the GH/IGF axis and physical capability: the HALCyon programme

    Alfred, T., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Cooper, R., Hardy, R., Cooper, C., Deary, I. J., Gaunt, T. R., Gunnell, D., Harris, S. E., Kumari, M., Martin, R. M., Sayer, A. A., Starr, J. M., Kuh, D., Day, I. N. M., HALCyon Study Team, Craig, L.
    PloS ONE, vol. 7, no. 1, e29883
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Focus group discussions to inform the design of a weight loss programme suitable for overweight and obese women treated for breast cancer

    Newlands, R., Clark, J., Craig, L. C. A., McNeill, G., Hoddinott, P., Heys, S.
    Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol. 71, no. OCE1, E3
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • A survey to inform the design of a weight loss programme for overweight and obese women treated for breast cancer

    Newlands, R., Clark, J., Craig, L. C. A., McNeill, G., Hoddinott, P., Heys, S.
    Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol. 71, no. OCE1, pp. E4
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Process evaluation for the FEeding Support Team (FEST) randomised controlled feasibility trial of proactive and reactive telephone support for breastfeeding women living in disadvantaged areas

    Hoddinott, P., Craig, L., Maclennan, G., Boyers, D., Vale, L., On behalf of the NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen FEST project team
    BMJ Open, vol. 2, no. 2, e001039
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Provision of a healthy weight maintenance programme for men treated for prostate cancer: a study of patients’ preferences

    Mohamad, H., Craig, L. C. A., Heys, S. D., McNeill, G., N'Dow, J., Clark, J.
    Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol. 71, no. OCE1, pp. E2
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • The FEeding Support Team (FEST) randomised, controlled feasibility trial of proactive and reactive telephone support for breastfeeding women living in disadvantaged areas

    Hoddinott, P., Craig, L., Maclennan, G., Boyers, D., Vale, L., On behalf of the NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen FEST project team
    BMJ Open, vol. 2, no. 2, e000652
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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