Elinor Schoenfeld


Elinor Schoenfeld     
Research Professor
Department of Family Population & Preventive Medicine
Deputy Division Head, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
HSC 3L-086
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8036
Phone:  (631) 632-2142
Email:  elinor.schoenfeld@stonybrook.edu

Community Engaged Research; Addressing Health Disparities; Aging in Place; Telehealth and Sensor Use for Health; Population Health; Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity and Opioid Epidemiology, Early Detection & Prevention; Data management and informatics


Dr. Schoenfeld received her MS and PhD from the Roswell Park Division of the University at Buffalo with a concentration in Epidemiology and her BS in Biology from Stony Brook University. Prior to coming to 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 has a long standing track record of research mentorship for students and junior faculty with an interest in clinical and translational research and biomedical informatics. She served as Associate Director for the Master’s Program in Clinical Research where she directed courses in Epidemiology, and Data Management and Informatics.

Dr. Schoenfeld serves on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Advisory Board on Addressing Disparities and holds voluntary appointments in the School of Nursing, School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, and the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University. She currently serves as Deputy Director for the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. 


Since joining the faculty at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 1988, she has developed a research program in community engaged research addressing the needs of the LI community, and helped to build a clinical research coordinating center. She has served as PI, Co-PI, or Co-I on 38 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, leading causes of visual impairment, periodontal disease, cardiac arrest, osteoporosis, opioid addiction, and obesity.

Dr. Schoenfeld’s current research is focused on technology supported aging in place and addressing the opioid epidemic using big data.  She serves as co-lead for the research arm of the Center for Aging in Place on Long Island under the leadership of the School of Social Welfare. 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.


Myrtle Wreath Award, Suffolk Region of Hadassah, NY (1998)

Stony Brook University Distinguished Alumni Award for University Service, Stony Brook, NY (2004)

Excellence in Community Service Award, Stony Brook University, NY (2008-2015)


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BMI 596:  Special Problems in Biomedical Informatics

MCS 562: Data Management and Informatics for Clinical Scientists