Dr Avril Collinson

Dr Avril Collinson

Associate Professor in Dietetics

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



As Academic Lead my role is to work with the dietetic and nutrition team to ensure we deliver high-quality academic and scholarly activity. I also have an active teaching role, leading the dietetic theory modules for Year 2 and 3 students and supervise final year undergraduate students dissertations, masters and PhD students. 


I graduated from the University of Surrey in 1989 with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Since then I have enjoyed working in many different dietetic specialities both in the NHS, private practice and overseas.  I have a keen interest in renal disease having worked as a specialist renal dietitian.  I was awarded my doctorate from University of Reading in 1997 which investigated eating patterns and their effects on body weight and lipid levels.  I joined the dietetic and nutrition team here at Plymouth in 2008 and now support the team in the role of Academic Lead. 

BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics 
Registered Dietitian
PhD in Human Nutrition
PgCert LTHE 

Professional membership

Member of the British Dietetic Association
Registered with the HCPC
Member of the Nutrition Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Roles on external bodies

Member of British Dietetic Association HEI sub group



Teaching interests

Nutrition and Health



Research interests

Research interests: 

Dietetic Practice

Research group webpage link: 


2018    Rose Simmons Award for best publication by a dietitian, British Dietetic Association

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhD students:

Jill Venables -  Investigating the energy and protein requirements of hospital food for malnourished elderly patients. Started January 2019

Jennifer Carroll - Development of a core outcome set for childhood epilepsy treated with ketogenic diet. Started April 2018. 

Nicola Szostek - Assessment of ocular accommodation in humans. Awarded 2017.

Eman Saad Alamri - Factors affecting food intake and the role of nutrition education in the understanding and implementation of healthy dietary habits in Saudi adolescent girls. Awarded 2016.

Desley White - Non-transferrin-bound iron and protein glycation in Type 2 Diabetes. Awarded 2012.

Grants & contracts

Grants & contracts

BDA Project Grant to explore the first contact role of dietitians in primary care. July 2017 - August 2019.

British Dietetic Association project grant to scope the future profession and inform the development of a dietetic work force development strategy. July 2016-March 2017



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Carroll JH, Martin-McGill KJ, Cross JH, Hickson M, Williams E, Aldridge V & Collinson A (2022) 'Core outcome set development for childhood epilepsy treated with ketogenic diet therapy: Results of a scoping review and parent interviews' Seizure 99, 54-67 , DOI Open access
Hickson M, Child J & Collinson A (2021) 'Impact of a dietitian in general practice: Care of the frail and malnourished' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI Open access
Hickson M, Collinson A & Child J (2020) 'Dietitian support in primary care' Practice Management 30, (7) 20-23 , DOI Open access
Collinson A, Trace S, Searle A & Lithander F (2020) 'Using videoconsultations to deliver dietary advice to children with chronic kidney disease; a qualitative study of parent and child perspectives' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI Open access
Hickson M, Wanner A & Collinson A (2019) 'Dietitian-led clinics in primary care: a scoping review protocol' JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports 17, (12) 2525-2531 , DOI Open access
Collinson A & Madden A (2019) 'Improved prediction equations for estimating height in adults from ethnically diverse backgrounds' Clinical Nutrition , DOI Open access
Parkin TA & Collinson A (2019) 'Observations on the relationship between the dietetic Objective Structured Clinical Exam and placement outcome' Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI Open access
Carroll J, Martin-McGill K, Cross H, Hickson M & Collinson A (2019) 'Outcome measurement and reporting in childhood epilepsy treated with ketogenic diet therapy: a scoping review protocol' JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports 17, (5) 633-639 , DOI Open access
Collinson AO, Mitchell A, Taylor S, Downer C, Clemente R, Allan K & Greer F (2018) 'Protein provision in critically ill adults requiring enteral nutrition: Are guidelines being met?' Nutrition in Clinical Practice 34, (1) 123-130 , DOI Open access
Correa-PĂ©rez A, Abraha I, Cherubini A, Collinson A, Dardevet D, de Groot LCPGM, de van der Schueren MAE, Hebestreit A, Hickson M & Jaramillo-Hidalgo J (2018) 'Efficacy of non-pharmacological interventions to treat malnutrition in older persons: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The SENATOR project ONTOP series and MaNuEL knowledge hub project' Ageing Research Reviews 49, 27-48 Author Site , DOI Open access
Beavan S, Baker R, Sadler H & Collinson A (2018) 'Improving the nutritional intake of hospital patients: how far have we come? A re-audit' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Author Site , DOI Open access
Mitchell A, Clemente R, Downer C, Greer F, Allan K, Collinson A & Taylor S (2018) 'Protein provision in critically ill adults requiring enteral feeding' Clinical Nutrition 37, S48-S48 , DOI
Szostek N, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Drew T, Collinson A & Buckhurst PJ (2018) 'Validation of Novel Metrics from the Accommodative Dynamic Profile' Vision 2, (3) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Hickson M, Child J & Collinson A (2017) 'Future Dietitian 2025: informing the development of a workforce strategy for dietetics' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI Open access
Pullen K, Collins R, Stone T, Carter H, Sadler H & Collinson A (2017) 'Are energy and protein requirements met in hospital?' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI Open access
Szostek NL, Buckhurst H, Buckhurst P, Purslow C & Collinson A (2016) 'An introduction to nutrition for an optometrist' Optometry in Practice 17, (3) Open access
Collinson A, McMullan M, Sadler H & Tse WY (2014) 'Reply to 'Management of mineral metabolism in haemodialysis patients: need for new strategies’' European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 68, (7) 861-861 , DOI
Collinson A, McMullan M, Tse WY & Sadler H (2014) 'Managing serum phosphate in haemodialysis patients: time for an innovative approach?' EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 68, (3) 392-396 Author Site , DOI
White DL & Collinson A (2013) 'Red meat, dietary heme iron, and risk of type 2 diabetes: the involvement of advanced lipoxidation endproducts' Adv Nutr 4, (4) 403-411 Author Site , DOI
Collinson A, Lindley R, Campbell A, Waters I, Lindley T & Wallace A 'An evaluation of an Internet-based approach to weight loss with low glycaemic load principles' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI
Collinson A & Murphy P (2018) 'Minerals in nutrition support' Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Nutrition Support John Wiley & Sons, Ltd 155-166 , DOI
Collinson AO & Murphy P (2018) 'Minerals in nutrition support' Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Nutrition Support Wiley 155-166 , DOI
Collinson A (2010) 'Renal disease' in Payne A; Barker HM Advancing Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition London Churchill Livingstone 219-240 Author Site
Conference Papers
Szostek N, Buckhurst HD, Collinson A, Purslow C & Buckhurst PJ (2018) 'In vivo assessment of ciliary muscle morphology using swept source optical coherence tomography'
Szostek N, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Collinson A & Buckhurst PJ (2015) 'Relationship between the subjective measurement of accommodative facility and the objective assessment of the dynamic accommodative response'
Alamri E, De Looy A & Collinson A (2015) 'Development of an educational programme for improvement of food purchases and food intake of Saudi adolescent girls (16-18 years) and their mothers' , DOI
Kearney O, Lenderyou R, Pascoe S, Wade B, Collinson A & Sadler H (2014) 'A clinical audit and service evaluation exploring fluid management and factors associated with non-adherance in haemodialysis patients' BDA Research Symposium 2013 European Journal of Nutrition and Food Safety
Holloway L, Moore G, Pigeon S & Collinson A (2011) 'Alcohol intake does not influence body weight or diet in the first six months of an undergraduate starting university'
Presentations and posters
Collinson AO, Parkin T & McMullan M Collinson AO, Parkin T & McMullan M 'Prohealth@home: A feasibility study exploring the use of dietitians communicating with individuals at high risk of diabetes via a web based app to reduce the risk of developing diabetes' Open access


Other academic activities

On the School of Health Professions Ethics Committee