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Doctor Danielle Schoenaker

Dr Danielle Schoenaker

 BSc, MSc, FHEA, PhD
Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Preconception health
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • Maternal, paternal and child health

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Dr Danielle Schoenaker is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Human Development and Health and the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre at the University of Southampton.

She holds BSc and MSc degrees in nutrition and epidemiology, and was awarded her PhD in maternal health from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2017. Following two short-term positions in Melbourne and Wollongong, Danielle joined the University of Southampton in 2020.

Danielle’s programme of work is focussed on the health and wellbeing of people of reproductive age, in particular during the time before pregnancy. Her research aims to inform, develop and evaluate strategies that improve and narrow inequalities in preconception health - to benefit the health of current and future generations. She uses a range of research approaches including synthesis of existing evidence, new analysis of large national datasets, and involvement of patients/public, healthcare and policy stakeholders. Danielle works closely with members of the UK Preconception Partnership and with the Lifecourse Intelligence team at the UK government Office for Health Improvement and Disparities.

Danielle is passionate about supporting students and early- and mid-career researchers through her roles as chair of the UK Preconception EMCR Network and member of the executive committee for the Health in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Early- and Mid-Career Researcher International Collective (HiPPP EMR-C).