Elinor Schoenfeld, Ph.D.

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PhD - Experimental Pathology (Epidemiology)
University at Buffalo, NY
(1982 - 1988)

MS - Natural Sciences (Epidemiology)
University at Buffalo, NY
(1979 - 1980)

BS - Biology
Stony Brook University, NY
(1973 - 1977)


Dr. Schoenfeld is Research Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Informatics.  Prior to joining Stony Brook University, she served as Data Manager for the Community Hospital Oncology Program (CHOP) at Hackensack Medical Center in NJ, was a Clinical Associate in Cancer Epidemiology at Columbia University School of Public Health NY, and a Cancer Research Scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY.

Dr. Schoenfeld’s research focuses on providing individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to make informed health care decisions, become active participants in their care, and sustain independence as they age. She has served as PI, Co-PI, or Co-I on 40 NIH, HRSA, state and private foundation funded research conducting intervention studies and determining risk factors for a number of conditions including various types of cancers, diabetes, visual impairment, periodontal disease, cardiac arrest, osteoporosis, opioid addiction, and obesity.

Her current research is focused on technology supported aging in place and addressing the opioid epidemic using big data. In collaboration with faculty from the School of Nursing, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, the Long Island State Veterans Home, and industry partners, the team is exploring sensor use to support aging in place.  She serves as the epidemiologist for the HRSA supported PACE Center for Health and Wellness led by the School of Nursing in collaboration with the Schools of Social Welfare and Dentistry.  PACE is a patient-centered, Nurse Practitioner led Inter-Professional Care Plan model that focuses on meeting the health promotion and disease prevention needs of older adults.  In collaboration with faculty from the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and faculty from the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University, the team is identifying social determinants and spatio-temporal opioid poisoning patterns using the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) data for New York State. Findings from these analyses will help guide development of targeted community interventions to address the opioid epidemic in the region.

Voluntary appointments

  • Stony Brook University, School of Nursing,
  • Stony Brook University, School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology
  • Stony Brook University, Program in Public Health


  • Chen X, Wang Y, Schoenfeld E, Saltz M, Saltz J, Wang F. Spatio-temporal Analysis for New York State SPARCS Data. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2017 Jul 26;2017:483-492. eCollection 2017. PMID: 28815148
  • Bianchi-Hayes J, Schoenfeld E, Cataldo R, Hou W, Messina C, Pati S. Combining Activity Trackers with Motivational Interviewing and Mutual Support to Increase Physical Activity in Parent-Adolescent Dyads: Longitudinal Observational Feasibility Study. JMIR Preprints. 05/09/2017:8878. DOI: 10.2196/preprints.8878. URL: http://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/8878
  • Schoenfeld ER, Francis LE. Word on the street:  Engaging local leaders in a dialogue about prostate cancer among African Americans.  Am J Mens Health. 2016 Sep;10(5):377-88. doi: 10.1177/1557988314566503. Epub 2015 Jan 15.
  • Bianchi-Hayes J, Schoenfeld ER, Cataldo R, Huang J, Pati S. Caregiver preferences regarding technology’s role in supporting adolescent weight management. International Scholarly Research Notices, Nov 26;2015:153723. doi: 10.1155/2015/153723. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 27347500; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4897356.
  • Glanz K, Steffen AD, Schoenfeld E, Tappe KA. Randomized trial of tailored skin cancer prevention for children: the Project SCAPE family study. J Health Commun. 2013;18(11):1368-83. PubMed PMID: 23806094; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3815976.
  • Glanz K, Schoenfeld ER, Steffen A. A randomized trial of tailored skin cancer prevention messages for adults: Project SCAPE. Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr;100(4):735-41. PubMed PMID: 20167900; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2836338.
  • Schoenfeld ER, Ng P, Henderson K, Wu SY. Using the internet to educate adolescents about osteoporosis – development of a new system.  Health Promotion Practice. 2010; 11(1): 104-111. doi: 10.1177/1524839908321730. Epub 2008 Dec 19. PubMed PMID: 19098263.
  • Schoenfeld ER, Davis MV, Kovach JS, Mchunguzi C, Nies MA, et al. A community and academic partnership to improve breast cancer outcomes for African Americans on Long Island: A ministry of health dissemination. Home Health Care Management and Practice. 2006; 18(5):361-9.
  • Glanz K, Schoenfeld E, Weinstock MA, Layi G, Kidd J, et al. Development and reliability of a brief skin cancer risk assessment tool. Cancer Detect Prev. 2003;27(4):311-5. PubMed PMID: 12893080.
  • Schoenfeld ER, Greene JM, Wu SY, Leske MC. Patterns of adherence to diabetes vision care guidelines: baseline findings from the Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Program. Ophthalmology. 2001 Mar;108(3):563-71. PubMed PMID: 11237912.

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