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.
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.
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
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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- Poobalan, A, Craig, L, Christie, L & Morgan, H 2020, 'Socio-Cultural Coaching to enhance Careers and Employability: Supporting Success.', Paper presented at QAA 4th International Enhancement Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 3/06/20 - 4/06/20.
- Poobalan, A, Craig, L, Christie, L & Morgan, H 2019, 'Transitioning postgraduate students: Enhanced student support through socio-cultural coaching', Paper presented at 11th Annual Academic Development Symposium, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 25/04/19 - 25/04/19.
- Thies, F, Mills, LM, Moir, S & Masson, LF 2017, 'Cardiovascular benefits of lycopene: fantasy or reality?', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol. 76, no. 2, pp. 122-129. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665116000744
- Mills, LM, Scott, KP & Thies, F 2015, 'Increased oats' consumption does not reduce cardiovascular disease risk markers in middle-aged healthy volunteers', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol. 74, no. OCE1, pp. E74-E74. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665115000890
- Wilson, IS, Ritchie, D, Amos, A, Shaw, A, O'Donnell, R, Mills, LM, Semple, SE & Turner, SW 2013, ''I'm not doing this for me': mothers' accounts of creating smoke-free homes', Health Education Research, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 165-178. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cys082
- Shaw, A, Ritchie, D, O'Donnell, R, Amos, A, Mills, LM, Semple, SE, Turner, SW & Wilson, IS 2013, 'Creating smoke-free homes for children', Nursing Times, vol. 109, no. 10, pp. 28-30.
- Wilson, I, Semple, S, Mills, LM, Ritchie, D, Shaw, A, O'Donnell, R, Bonella, P, Turner, S & Amos, A 2013, 'REFRESH—reducing families' exposure to secondhand smoke in the home: a feasibility study', Tobacco Control, vol. 22, no. 5, e8. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050212
- Mills, LM, Semple, SE, Wilson, IS, Maccalman, L, Amos, A, Ritchie, D, O'Donnell, R, Shaw, A & Turner, SW 2012, 'Factors influencing exposure to secondhand smoke in preschool children living with smoking mothers', Nicotine & Tobacco Research, vol. 14, no. 12, pp. 1435-1444. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nts074
- Mills, LM, Wilson, HM & Thies, F 2012, 'Lycopene inhibits lymphocyte proliferation through mechanisms dependent on early cell activation', Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, vol. 56, no. 7, pp. 1034-1042 . [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/mnfr.201200047
- Ginty, F, Rennie, KL, Mills, LM, Stear, S, Jones, S & Prentice, A 2005, 'Positive, site-specific associations between bone mineral status, fitness, and time spent at high-impact activities in 16- to 18-year-old boys', Bone, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 101-110. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bone.2004.10.001