Dr Danielle Schoenaker is 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’s work supports 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.
- Preconception health
- Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
- Maternal, paternal and child health
- Lifecourse epidemiology
- National surveillance of preconception health: a project led by Dr Schoenaker has identified preconception indicators that can be monitored using routine datasets in England, and produced a first national-level report card on preconception health of women in England in collaboration with the UK Preconception Partnership and government Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. This first report card will inform the development of an infrastructure for ongoing national surveillance of preconception health.
- Improving communication and awareness about preconception health: a project led by Dr Schoenaker has established a diverse Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group to develop a set of language recommendations that can be used to describe ‘preconception health’ and to formulate health messages in a meaningful and appropriate way. These recommendations have contributed to the language and messages used in the #ReadyforPregnancy campaign, and an online poster providing information on key steps to take when thinking of having a baby – now or in the near future. The findings, outcomes and reflections on the project have so far been published in blogs for Chrysalis and Public Policy Southampton, and the abstract of a conference presentation has been published in The Lancet.
- Co-developing community-based models of preconception care: Dr Schoenaker collaborates on projects to inform and co-develop models of preconception care in various settings, with a particular interest in the primary care setting.
Current teaching contributions
Guest lecturer for Module on Epidemiology: Concepts, Analysis and Application (University of Southampton MSc Public Health).
Guest lecturer for Module on Nutritional Epidemiology (University of Wollongong MSc Nutrition and Dietetics).
External co-supervisor to three PhD students conducting studies related to preconception, maternal and paternal health.
External roles and responsibilities
- Research Fellow, School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, University of Southampton, UK
- Honorary Senior Research Fellow, EGA Institute for Women’s Health, University College London, UK
- Honorary Public Health Academic, UK government Department of Health and Social Care, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, UK
- Best Poster Award | World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (2019)
- Dean’s Award for Postdoctoral Researchers (Public Engagement category) | Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton (2021)
- EMCR Publication Prize | Health Impacts Research Centre, University of Wollongong (2019)
- Young Investigator Award | Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (2019)
- Early-Mid-Career Researcher Travel Award | Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong (2019)
- Conference Travel Award | Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (2018)
- Conference Travel Award | Australasian Epidemiological Association (2016)
- Award for Research Excellence | School of Public Health, The University of Queensland (2016)
- International Travel Award | The University of Queensland (2015)
- Conference Travel Award | Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (2015)