Dr Avril Johnstone

  • Research Assistant (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)

Biography

joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in September 2019 as a Research Assistant. I am part of the Neighbourhoods and Communities and Complexity teams. Currently I am working on a systematic review exploring the effect of nature-based early childhood education on children’s health, development and wellbeing.   

I received my PhD in Physical Activity for Health in 2019 from the University of Strathclyde. My PhD aimed to determine the effects of active play interventions on physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children. During my PhD, published three journal articles: a systematic review and meta-analysis on active play interventions, and a pragmatic evaluation and feasibility cluster RCT evaluating a school-based ‘Active Play’ intervention delivered in Scottish primary schools. 

I have also worked in a number of roles with my Local Authority delivering and managing coaching and play sessions and, more recently, with the Third Sector as a Learning and Training Manager at Actify. 

Please check Google Scholar where full details of my publication history can be found.


Research interests

I am currently working on a systematic review exploring the effect of nature-based early childhood education on children’s health, development and wellbeing. 

My research interests include: 

  • Physical activity and health 
  • Children’s physical activity 
  • Children’s health and wellbeing 
  • Active play 
  • Outdoor play 
  • Fundamental movement skills 
  • Nature-based early childhood education  

Publications

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2019

Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A. R., Bonnar, L., Booth, J. N. and Reilly, J. J. (2019) An active play intervention to improve physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children of low socio-economic status: feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5, 45. (doi:10.1186/s40814-019-0427-4) (PMID:30915229) (PMCID:PMC6417079)

2018

Hughes, A. R., Johnstone, A. , Bardid, F. and Reilly, J. J. (2018) Results from Scotland’s 2018 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15(S2), S402-S403. (doi:10.1123/jpah.2018-0516) (PMID:30475152)

Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A., Martin, A. and Reilly, J. (2018) Utilising active play interventions to promote physical activity and improve fundamental movement skills in children. BMC Public Health, 18, 789. (doi:10.1186/s12889-018-5687-z) (PMID:29940923) (PMCID:PMC6019649)

2017

Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A. R., Janssen, X. and Reilly, J. J. (2017) Pragmatic evaluation of the Go2Play Active Play intervention on physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children. Preventive Medicine Reports, 7, pp. 58-63. (doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.05.002) (PMID:28593124) (PMCID:PMC5454126)

2016

Reilly, J. J., Johnstone, A. , McNeill, G. and Hughes, A. R. (2016) Results from Scotland’s 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(S2), S251-S255. (doi:10.1123/jpah.2016-0325) (PMID:27848731)

Hughes, A. R., Muggeridge, D. J., Gibson, A.-M., Johnstone, A. and Kirk, A. (2016) Objectively measured sedentary time in children and their parents. AIMS Public Health, 3(4), pp. 823-836. (doi:10.3934/publichealth.2016.4.823) (PMID:29546197) (PMCID:PMC5690407)

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Number of items: 6.

Articles

Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A. R., Bonnar, L., Booth, J. N. and Reilly, J. J. (2019) An active play intervention to improve physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children of low socio-economic status: feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5, 45. (doi:10.1186/s40814-019-0427-4) (PMID:30915229) (PMCID:PMC6417079)

Hughes, A. R., Johnstone, A. , Bardid, F. and Reilly, J. J. (2018) Results from Scotland’s 2018 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15(S2), S402-S403. (doi:10.1123/jpah.2018-0516) (PMID:30475152)

Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A., Martin, A. and Reilly, J. (2018) Utilising active play interventions to promote physical activity and improve fundamental movement skills in children. BMC Public Health, 18, 789. (doi:10.1186/s12889-018-5687-z) (PMID:29940923) (PMCID:PMC6019649)

Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A. R., Janssen, X. and Reilly, J. J. (2017) Pragmatic evaluation of the Go2Play Active Play intervention on physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children. Preventive Medicine Reports, 7, pp. 58-63. (doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.05.002) (PMID:28593124) (PMCID:PMC5454126)

Reilly, J. J., Johnstone, A. , McNeill, G. and Hughes, A. R. (2016) Results from Scotland’s 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(S2), S251-S255. (doi:10.1123/jpah.2016-0325) (PMID:27848731)

Hughes, A. R., Muggeridge, D. J., Gibson, A.-M., Johnstone, A. and Kirk, A. (2016) Objectively measured sedentary time in children and their parents. AIMS Public Health, 3(4), pp. 823-836. (doi:10.3934/publichealth.2016.4.823) (PMID:29546197) (PMCID:PMC5690407)

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