Dr Avril Johnstone

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

email: Avril.Johnstone@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: She/her/hers

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Clarice Pears Building, 90 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB

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ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3906-8603

Biography

Avril joined the Places and Health programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in 2019 where she is currently a Research Associate working on several projects. Notably, Avril is managing the SPACES project, is leading the cross-cutting theme on health inequalities within GroundsWell, and is continuing to contribute to research exploring the role of nature-based childcare on children's health.

Avril's longstanding professional and research interests focus on exploring the role of active play, physical activity and/ or nature on children's health and wellbeing. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, Avril received a PhD in Physical Activity and Health in 2019 from the University of Strathclyde. Her PhD aimed to determine the effects of active play interventions on physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children. She has also previously worked for her Local Authority delivering and managing coaching and play sessions and, more recently, she joined the board of a not-for-profit organisation, Actify CIC, as a voluntary non-executive director. 

When Avril is not at work, she can be found on her bike, up a mountain, kicking a football or at a gig. 

Research interests

Avril has methodological expertise in systematic reviews and the development and evaluation of complex interventions. Broadly, she is interested in how active play, physical activity and/ or nature contribute to children's health, wellbeing and development. 

Please check Google Scholar where full details of Avril's publication history can be found.

Publications

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Number of items: 17.

2024

Tomaz, S. A., Reilly, J. J., Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A., Robertson, J., Craig, L. C.A. and Bardid, F. (2024) A systematic evaluation of physical activity and diet policies in Scotland: Results from the 2021 Active Healthy Kids Report Card. Journal of Public Health, (doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdae022) (PMID:38389318) (Early Online Publication)

2023

Dibben, G. O. et al. (2023) Adolescents’ interactive electronic device use, sleep and mental health: a systematic review of prospective studies. Journal of Sleep Research, 32(5), e13899. (doi: 10.1111/jsr.13899) (PMID:37029099)

Johnstone, A. , Mccrorie, P. , Olsen, J. and Mitchell, R. (2023) Research and Policy Agenda on Places and Children’s Health: a Coproduced Cross Sector Vision. Documentation. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Martin, A. , Clarke, J., Johnstone, A. , McCrorie, P. , Langford, R., Simpson, S. A. and Kipping, R. (2023) A qualitative study of parental strategies to enable pre-school children’s outdoor and nature experiences during COVID-19 restrictions. Health and Place, 79, 102967. (doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.102967) (PMID:36621065)

Zucca, C. , McCrorie, P. , Johnstone, A. , Chambers, S. , Chng, N. R. , Traynor, O. and Martin, A. (2023) Outdoor nature-based play in early learning and childcare centres: identifying the determinants of implementation using causal loop diagrams and social network analysis. Health and Place, 79, 102955. (doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102955) (PMID:36565541)

2022

Bardid, F., Tomaz, S. A., Johnstone, A. , Robertson, J., Craig, L. C.A. and Reilly, J. J. (2022) Results from Scotland’s 2021 report card on physical activity and health for children and youth: grades, secular trends, and socio-economic inequalities. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, 20(4), pp. 317-322. (doi: 10.1016/j.jesf.2022.07.002) (PMID:36033941) (PMCID:PMC9386094)

Traynor, O. , Martin, A. , Johnstone, A. , Chng, N. R. , Kenny, J. and Mccrorie, P. (2022) A low-cost method for understanding how nature-based early learning and childcare impacts on children’s health and wellbeing. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 889828. (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.889828) (PMID:35814071) (PMCID:PMC9260060)

Lee, E.‑Y. et al. (2022) Play, Learn, and Teach Outdoors—Network (PLaTO-Net): terminology, taxonomy, and ontology. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 19, 66. (doi: 10.1186/s12966-022-01294-0) (PMID:35701784) (PMCID:PMC9199154)

Johnstone, A. et al. (2022) Nature-based early childhood education and children’s physical activity, sedentary behavior, motor competence, and other physical health outcomes: a mixed-methods systematic review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 19(6), pp. 456-472. (doi: 10.1123/jpah.2021-0760) (PMID:35537707) (PMCID:PMC7613039)

Johnstone, A. et al. (2022) Nature-based early childhood education and children’s social, emotional and cognitive development: a mixed-methods systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(10), 5967. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph19105967) (PMID:35627504) (PMCID:PMC9142068)

2020

Johnstone, A. et al. (2020) Nature-based early childhood education for child health, wellbeing and development: a mixed-methods systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 9, 226. (doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01489-1) (PMCID:PMC7532588)

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)

This list was generated on Fri Apr 19 15:10:02 2024 BST.
Number of items: 17.

Articles

Tomaz, S. A., Reilly, J. J., Johnstone, A. , Hughes, A., Robertson, J., Craig, L. C.A. and Bardid, F. (2024) A systematic evaluation of physical activity and diet policies in Scotland: Results from the 2021 Active Healthy Kids Report Card. Journal of Public Health, (doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdae022) (PMID:38389318) (Early Online Publication)

Dibben, G. O. et al. (2023) Adolescents’ interactive electronic device use, sleep and mental health: a systematic review of prospective studies. Journal of Sleep Research, 32(5), e13899. (doi: 10.1111/jsr.13899) (PMID:37029099)

Martin, A. , Clarke, J., Johnstone, A. , McCrorie, P. , Langford, R., Simpson, S. A. and Kipping, R. (2023) A qualitative study of parental strategies to enable pre-school children’s outdoor and nature experiences during COVID-19 restrictions. Health and Place, 79, 102967. (doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.102967) (PMID:36621065)

Zucca, C. , McCrorie, P. , Johnstone, A. , Chambers, S. , Chng, N. R. , Traynor, O. and Martin, A. (2023) Outdoor nature-based play in early learning and childcare centres: identifying the determinants of implementation using causal loop diagrams and social network analysis. Health and Place, 79, 102955. (doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102955) (PMID:36565541)

Bardid, F., Tomaz, S. A., Johnstone, A. , Robertson, J., Craig, L. C.A. and Reilly, J. J. (2022) Results from Scotland’s 2021 report card on physical activity and health for children and youth: grades, secular trends, and socio-economic inequalities. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, 20(4), pp. 317-322. (doi: 10.1016/j.jesf.2022.07.002) (PMID:36033941) (PMCID:PMC9386094)

Traynor, O. , Martin, A. , Johnstone, A. , Chng, N. R. , Kenny, J. and Mccrorie, P. (2022) A low-cost method for understanding how nature-based early learning and childcare impacts on children’s health and wellbeing. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 889828. (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.889828) (PMID:35814071) (PMCID:PMC9260060)

Lee, E.‑Y. et al. (2022) Play, Learn, and Teach Outdoors—Network (PLaTO-Net): terminology, taxonomy, and ontology. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 19, 66. (doi: 10.1186/s12966-022-01294-0) (PMID:35701784) (PMCID:PMC9199154)

Johnstone, A. et al. (2022) Nature-based early childhood education and children’s physical activity, sedentary behavior, motor competence, and other physical health outcomes: a mixed-methods systematic review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 19(6), pp. 456-472. (doi: 10.1123/jpah.2021-0760) (PMID:35537707) (PMCID:PMC7613039)

Johnstone, A. et al. (2022) Nature-based early childhood education and children’s social, emotional and cognitive development: a mixed-methods systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(10), 5967. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph19105967) (PMID:35627504) (PMCID:PMC9142068)

Johnstone, A. et al. (2020) Nature-based early childhood education for child health, wellbeing and development: a mixed-methods systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 9, 226. (doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01489-1) (PMCID:PMC7532588)

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)

Research Reports or Papers

Johnstone, A. , Mccrorie, P. , Olsen, J. and Mitchell, R. (2023) Research and Policy Agenda on Places and Children’s Health: a Coproduced Cross Sector Vision. Documentation. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

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Research datasets

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Number of items: 1.

2023

Johnstone, A. and Mccrorie, P. (2023) Growing Up in Scotland: Cohort 1, Sweep 8 Physical Activity Data, 2015-2016. [Data Collection]

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