Dr Avril Johnstone
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
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.
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.