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Dr Danielle Schoenaker BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Danielle Schoenaker is an Epidemiologist and a Research Fellow in the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education at the University of Southampton.

Danielle’s work is focussed on utilising data from routine health datasets and cohort studies to inform preventive interventions and recommendations for women and children. She is particularly passionate about health and wellbeing of women and men leading up to pregnancy, and how this may be improved to benefit the health of future mothers, fathers and their children.

Danielle has a background in Dietetics (BSc) and Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology (MSc). In 2017, she was awarded her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, which examined the role of preconception dietary patterns in the development of maternal pregnancy complications.

Following completion of her PhD, Danielle worked as a Senior Research Officer at Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, to analyse data collected as part of studies that evaluated the effectiveness of tobacco control and alcohol harm-reduction mass media campaigns and policy changes. Danielle moved to the University of Wollongong, Australia, to continue her research in maternal and child health, and to contribute to supporting teaching capacity in epidemiology. As part of ongoing collaborations with researchers and clinicians at the Universities of Wollongong and Adelaide, Danielle continues to contribute to intervention and observational studies which aim to inform the prevention and treatment of diabetes in pregnancy, and improve outcomes of children born to mothers with a high-risk pregnancy.

Danielle’s current work at the University of Southampton is focussed on supporting the UK Preconception Partnership’s objectives towards optimising preconception health. She is responsible for analysis of national datasets of routinely-collected data to describe and monitor a set of preconception health indicators to provide a picture of the state of preconception health in England, and to examine relationships between preconception health and subsequent maternal and child health.


Appointments held:

Research interests

Preconception Health and Care; Maternal and Child Health, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Public Health, Preventive Medicine.

PhD supervision: Co-supervisor of two PhD students conducting studies related to preconception and maternal health.

PhD research:

Title of PhD thesis: “The role of diet in the prevention of maternal pregnancy complications”

Funding: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Commonwealth of Australia)

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research group

Population Health Sciences Research group

  • Member of the ONLP Network and Communications Working Group (2016 to date)
  • Member of the ENLP UK Local Circle Working Group (2020 to date)
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue in Nutrients on Nutrition before and during pregnancy for the prevention of pregnancy complications (2020)
  • Co-Guest Editor for Special Issue in Integrative Medicine Research on Preconception, pregnancy and postnatal care: a holistic approach (2020-2021)
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Dr Danielle Schoenaker
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

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