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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Donatella D'Antoni, BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD


Lecturer in Public Health

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 882 7088
Room Number: Room 15, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


Donatella D’Antoni is a Lecturer in Public Health. She joined the Centre for Dental Public Health and Primary Care, Institute of Dentistry at QMUL in October 2018. She is a behavioural scientist with experience in the development and testing of health behaviour change interventions.
After completing a BSc in Psychology at the University of Palermo (Italy) in 2006, and a MSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy) in 2008, she worked 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 2012, she has conducted health psychology research in different health contexts, in collaboration with the NHS and UK universities such as the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (2012-2013), University College London Hospitals (2014-2015), King’s College London (2015-2018), and Queen Mary University of London (since 2018). Her research focuses on health behaviour change, and the understanding of the determinants of adherence and preventative public health behaviours.
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 public health advice in emergency health contexts as a basis for developing and testing effective behaviour change interventions.
Her current research focuses on oral health promotion interventions, involving both qualitative and quantitative research. She has recently collaborated in a number of research projects, publications, and in the writing of research grants relevant to Dental Public Health. She is also teaching as part of the new distance-based learning MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership at QMUL.

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I contribute to the development and delivery of teaching for the new distance-based MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership (DPHPL) at QMUL. I am the module lead for three online DPHPL modules: Prevention and Oral Health Promotion, Research Methods, and Qualitative Research Methods. I contribute to the delivery and assessment of teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Centre of Dental Public Health & Primary Care and wider Institute.


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 promotion interventions. I am interested in both qualitative and quantitative research.


  1. Muirhead, V.E, D'Antoni, D., Auyeung, V. (2020). Community pharmacy staff oral health training, training needs and professional self-efficacy related to managing children’s dental problems. Accepted by the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice on 31 March 2020. DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12626.
  2. D’Antoni, D., Auyeung, V., Walton, H., Fuller, G., Grieve, A., Weinman, J. (2019). The effect of evidence and theory-based health advice accompanying air quality alerts on adherence to preventative recommendations during poor air quality days: a randomised controlled trial. Environment International 124, 216–235. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.01.002.
  3. Wade, D., Als, N., Bell, V., Brewin, C., D’Antoni, D., Harrison, D., Harvey, M., Harvey, S., Howell, D., Mouncey, P., Mythen, M., Richards-Belle, A., Smyth, D., Weinman, J., Welch, J., Whitman, C., Rowan, K. (2018). 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. BMJ Open 2018;8:e021083. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021083. 
  4. D’Antoni, D., Smith, L., Auyeung, V., & Weinman, J. (2017). Psychosocial and demographic predictors of adherence and non-adherence to health advice accompanying air quality warning systems: A systematic review. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 16(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12940-017-0307-4.
  5. Smith, L. E., D’Antoni, D., Jain, V., Pearce, J. M., Weinman, J. A., & Rubin, G. J. (2016). A systematic review of factors affecting intended and actual adherence with antiviral medication as treatment or prophylaxis in seasonal and pandemic flu. Influenza And Other Respiratory Viruses, 10(6), 462–478. DOI: 10.1111/irv.12406.