Dr Lynsey Christie

Dr Lynsey Christie
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Teaching Fellow

Dr Lynsey Christie
Dr Lynsey Christie

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen University of Aberdeen, Polwarth Building 1.071, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD

Research Overview

Much of my research to date has been in the field of health sciences, particularly the effect of lifestyle changes and their effect on health, including dietary changes to reduced cardiovascular disease risk, and second-hand smoke exposure in children.

I now am focusing my research on the pedagogical aspects of health sciences teaching in higher education, particularly in postgraduate students. Our Postgraduate Education Group within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences has four main research themes.

  • Development and evaluatio of assessment tools to enhance learning opportunities
  • Engaging students with the feedback process in order to enhance learning opportunities
  • Developing graduet attributes ensuring our postgraduate students are appropriately skilled for the workplace
  • Enhancing international students experience through creating conditions for student success

My research also explores the provision made in online teaching and how engagement with the virtual learning environment varies between online and on-campus students.

Current Research

The effect of pre-submission feedback on student engagement and performance

Effective student feedback is a critical part of the learning process but what makes it effective, but how best can it be delivered to students so they can be part of the feedback loop. This project aims to explore an alternative method of feedback by exploring student and staff experiences if extensive feedback is given before the final submission and grade is awarded, rather than after.

Enhancing postgraduate learning and experience: Evaluation of the SUCCESS PLUS programme (Socio-cUltural Coaching for Careers and Employability to Support Success: Pathways for Life Underpinning Success

Relative to the undergraduate student journey our postgraduate students are only studying with us for a short time and the support offered throughout the programme is usually delivered by programme coordinators. This research explores the efficacy of a new initiative aimed at providing our taught postgraduate students with one-to-one ongoing support relating to programnme progression and career progression.

Previous Research in Applied Health Sciences

The effect of dietary oats on gut and heart health.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the major cause of death and Scotland has amongst the highest mortality rates in Western Europe. Strong epidemiological evidence indicates that high consumption of whole grain foods (WGF) is associated with a lower risk of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease (CHD), hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Dietary cereals, such as oats, can influence a person's health both directly by impacting on physiological processes, and indirectly via metabolic outputs of the gut microbiota. The current project aims to study the effect of an oat-enriched diet on markers of gut and heart health.

REFRESH Project - Reducing families' exposure to second-hand smoke in the home

The fieldwork stage of the REFRESH project has recently been completed and aimed to study ways in which children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home can be reduced through motivational interviews with mothers and personalised feedback of air quality in the family home.


Teaching Responsibilities

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Course coordinator:

Access to Postgraduate Biomedical Sciences course

GS50M1 Generic Skills

PU5028 Introduction to online learning

MSc Human Nutrition programme: Laboratory class coordinator - general lab skills, dietary assessment methods, urinary biomarkers, plasma glucose & tracers. Critical appraisal of literature relating to CVD.

SR3511 Nutrition and Health: Vitamins and Minerals

General: Institute of Applied Health Sciences postgraduate online programmes



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