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Institute of Dentistry - Barts and The London

Ms Donatella Dantoni, BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD


Non-Clinical Lecturer in Public Health

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 7088
Room Number: Resource Room, Floor 5, Institute of Dentistry


Donatella D’Antoni is a Non-Clinical Lecturer in Public Health. She joined the Centre for Dental Public Health and Primary Care, Institute of Dentistry at QMUL in October 2018. She completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Palermo (Italy) in 2006, and then completed her MSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy) in 2008. After a period working as both trainee and visiting psychologist at the University City Hospital of Verona (Italy), in 2012 Donatella enrolled onto the MRes in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Since then, she has gained experience in health psychology research in different health contexts, working in NHS settings and UK universities, including University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (2012-2013), University College London Hospitals (2014-2015), and King’s College London (2015-2018).

Donatella gained her PhD in Public Health at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London. Her PhD project, titled ‘Adherence to prophylactic medication and health advice during public health emergencies’, was funded by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response. This project investigated the psychosocial predictors of adherence to health advice in emergency health contexts as a basis for developing and testing behaviour change interventions, and in particular health messages to improve adherence rates. It focused on two contrasting health emergency contexts: influenza pandemics and air pollution. She continues to be interested on how to improve the behavioural impact of health promotion interventions.


Donatella contributes to the development and delivery of teaching in Public Health and in the subject of Evidence-based Health Promotion and Health Behaviour Change; including contributing to the delivery and assessment of teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Centre of Dental Public Health & Primary Care and wider Institute. Donatella also contributes to the development of an online Masters in Dental Public Health Policy, Leadership and Management.


Research Interests:

My research interest focuses on health behaviour change interventions, and the understanding of the determinants of health behaviour in the general public, with particular attention to preventative health behaviours. My current research aims to develop and evaluate oral health interventions. I am interested in both qualitative and quantitative research.


The effect of evidence and theory-based health advice accompanying smartphone air quality alerts on adherence to preventative recommendations during poor air quality days: A randomised controlled trial D'Antoni, D., Auyeung, V., Walton, H., Fuller, G.W., Grieve A. & Weinman, J. Jan 2019 In: Environment International. 124, p. 216-235

Providing psychological support to people in intensive care: Development and feasibility study of a nurse-led intervention to prevent acute stress and long-term morbidity Wade, D., Als, N., Bell, V., Brewin, C., D'Antoni, D., Harrison, D. A., Harvey, M., Harvey, S., Howell, D., Mouncey, P. R., Mythen, M., Richards-Belle, A., Smyth, D., Weinman, J., Welch, J., Whitman, C. & Rowan, K. M. Jul 2018 In : BMJ open. 8, 7, e021083

Psychosocial and demographic predictors of adherence and non-adherence to health advice accompanying air quality warning systems: A systematic reviewD'Antoni, D., Smith, L., Auyeung, V. & Weinman, J. 22 Sep 2017 In : Environmental Health. 16, 1, 100 

A systematic review of factors affecting intended and actual adherence with antiviral medication as treatment or prophylaxis in seasonal and pandemic flu Smith, L. E., D'Antoni, D., Jain, V., Pearce, J. M., Weinman, J. A. & Rubin, G. J. Nov 2016 In : Influenza And Other Respiratory Viruses. 10, 6, p. 462–47