Title: Dr
First Name: Lindsey
Surname: Masson
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262856
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Dr Masson is a lecturer in Nutrition at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

Key research interests include the use of dietary assessment methods in epidemiological studies and systematic literature reviews.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Nutrition
  • Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Nutrition
  • Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Human Health

Academic Background

Dr Masson is a Registered Nutritionist with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), held by the Association for Nutrition. She obtained her BSc (Hons) Health Sciences, MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism, and PhD Human Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen.

Before joining RGU, Lindsey was employed by the University of Aberdeen for 10 years where she carried out research into diet-disease associations and coordinated and taught on nutrition courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also directed Lovely NUTRITION Ltd – offering dietary consultations (including weight loss programmes) and dietary analysis services for individuals, as well as providing research and consultancy services for universities, Scottish Government and CLAN Cancer Support.

Research Interests

Key research interests include:

  • Use of dietary assessment methods in epidemiological studies. Research involving the assessment of diet-disease associations (mainly cardiovascular disease and cancer) and surveys of diet in Scotland. Lindsey was recently Principal Investigator for a study funded by Food Standards Scotland to estimate food and nutrient intakes in Scotland using data from the Living Costs and Food Survey. She is also involved in research with CLAN Cancer Support to improve diet in individuals who have received a cancer diagnosis.
  • Systematic literature reviews. Previous work includes systematic reviews of oats and cardiovascular and bowel disease, CYP1A1 polymorphisms and risk of breast and colorectal cancers, and the effect of genetic variation on the lipid response to dietary intervention.

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Nutritionist (Public Health)
  • Member of The Nutrition Society
  • Member of the Nutrition Society Scottish Section Committee


Full paper, peer reviewed output items published since 2008 include:

  1. Masson, L. (2017) Breakfast – the best way to start the day. Positive Health Online 240 (August).
  2. McNeill G, Masson LF, Macdiarmid JI, Craig LCA, Wills WJ and Bromley C. (2017) Socio-economic differences in diet, physical activity and leisure-time screen use among Scottish children in 2006 and 2010: are we closing the gap? Public Health Nutr 20 (6): 951-8.
  3. Thies F, Mills LM, Moir S and Masson LF. (2017) Cardiovascular benefits of lycopene: fantasy or reality? Proc Nutr Soc 76 (2): 122-9.
  4. Macdiarmid JI, Wills WJ, Masson LF et al. (2015) Food and drink purchasing habits out of school at lunchtime: a national survey of secondary school pupils in Scotland. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 12(1):98. doi:10.1186/s12966-015-0259-4.
  5. Thies F, Masson LF et al. (2014) Oats and cardiovascular disease risk markers: a systematic literature review. Br J Nutr 112 Suppl 2: S19-30.
  6. Thies F, Masson LF et al. (2014) Oats and bowel disease: a systematic literature review. Br J Nutr 112 Suppl 2: S31-43.I
  7. Hubbard G, Brown A, Campbell A, Campbell N, Diament B, Fielding S, Forbat L, Masson LF et al. (2014) Do health behaviours change after colonoscopy? A prospective cohort study on diet, alcohol, physical activity and smoking among patients and their partners. BMJ Open 4(1):e003706.
  8. Wills WJ, Macdiarmid JI, Masson LF et al. (2013) Children’s Food and Drink Purchasing Behaviour “Beyond the School Gate”: The Development of a Survey Module. ISRN Nutrition vol. 2013, Article ID 501450, 8 pages, 2013. doi:10.5402/2013/501450
  9. McEneny J, Wade L, Young IS, Masson L et al. (2013) Lycopene intervention reduces inflammation and improves HDL functionality in moderately overweight middle-aged individuals. J Nutr Biochem 24:163-8
  10. Duthie G, Mowat M, Stephen S, Bain P, Taylor K, Hayman A, Bryce J, Lamza N, Hudson M, Lalos I, Young L, Masson L. (2013) Stovies Reloaded: Traditional Scottish Recipes Made Healthier. Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen. 
  11. Masson LF et al. (2012) Survey of Diet Among Children in Scotland. (2010). Volume 1: Diet, Obesity and Physical Activity. Food Standards Agency in Scotland.
  12. Macdiarmid JI, Craig LCA, Wills W, Bromley C, Masson LF et al. (2012) Survey of Diet Among Children in Scotland. (2010). Volume 2: Food and drink purchases around the school day. Food Standards Agency in Scotland.
  13. Thies F, Masson LF et al. (2012) Effect of a tomato-rich diet on markers of cardiovascular risk in moderately overweight, disease-free, middle-aged adults: a randomised controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 95;1013-22
  14. Bennett DA, Little J, Masson LF et al. (2011) The empirical investigation of methods to correct for measurement error in biobanks with dietary assessment. BMC Medical Research Methodology 11:135
    Masson LF et al. (2010) Sugar intake and dental decay: results from a national survey of children in Scotland. Br J Nutr 104:1555-64 
  15. McNeill G, Masson LF et al. (2010) Sugar and fat intake among children in Scotland: what is needed to reach the dietary targets? Public Health Nutr 13:1286-94 
  16. Craig CA, McNeill G, Macdiarmid JI, Masson LF et al. (2010) Dietary Patterns of school-age children in Scotland: association with socio-economic indicators, physical activity and obesity. Br J Nutr 103:319-34
  17. Macdiarmid J, Loe J, Craig LCA, Masson LF et al. (2009) Meal and snacking patterns of school-aged children in Scotland. Eur
    J Clin Nutr 63:1297-1304
  18. Comrie F, Masson LF et al. (2009) A novel online Food Recall Checklist for use in an undergraduate student population: a comparison with diet diaries. Nutrition Journal 8:13
  19. Campbell H, Hawken S, Theodoratou E, Demarsh A, Hutchings K, Johnson CY, Masson L, et al. (2009) Colorectal cancer. In Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd edition. [Khoury M, Bedrosian S, Gwinn M, Higgins J, Ioannidis J and Little J, editors.]
  20. Sharp L, Little J, Brockton NT, Cotton SC, Masson LF et al. (2008) Polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, intakes of folate and related B vitamins and colorectal cancer: a case-control study in a population with relatively low folate intake. Br J Nutr 99:379-89
  21. Sheehy C, McNeill G, Masson L et al. (2008) Survey of sugar intake among children in Scotland Food Standards Agency Scotland.


Lindsey is Course Leader for:

  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition; and
  • BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Human Health.

She coordinates the module AS1007 (Food, Energy and Nutrients), and also teaches on AS2023 (Micronutrients), AS3041 (Diet Related Disease), AS3025 (Nutritional Literature Study), AS3022 (Health Promotion), AS4009 (Research Project in Nutrition), AS4091 (Nutrition Placement), AS4026 (Public Health Nutrition) and AS4029 (Advanced Nutrition).

External Examining duties

Lindsey is External Examiner for the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences - University of Malta
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition - Queen Margaret University
  • MSc Applied Human Nutrition - Oxford Brookes University

Potential PhD Project Titles

I am happy to consider requests to discuss PhD opportunities within the field of Public Health Nutrition. Example project titles include:

  • Monitoring the Scottish Diet
  • Strategies for improving the Scottish Diet
  • Improving diet in cancer survivors
  • Dietary messages in the media