Madeleine Benton

Madeleine Benton

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Benton has a particular interest in perinatal psychology and in developing and evaluating innovative, complex interventions that integrate perinatal physical and mental health, which address health inequalities to improve outcomes for women and their children. 

She was awarded her PhD in 2020, undertaken in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Her doctorate included nested studies within a randomised controlled trial comparing advanced fetal monitoring with standard care to reduce emergency operative births. She used a mix of methods to examine psychosocial effects of monitoring. 

Dr Benton is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the world-leading Psychological Medicine Department at King's College London. She remains a visiting research fellow at the University of Adelaide. 

She is currently examining the mental health impact of medical conditions in pregnancy, developing complex interventions to improve maternal and infant health, and has a special interest in gestational diabetes, mother-infant bonding, and breastfeeding. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2020 Research Officer Wirltu Yarlu, The University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2016 Academic Tutor Wirltu Yarlu, The University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2020 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Psychology
    2016 - 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)
    2013 - 2015 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Research Interests

A co-produced health literacy project in pregnant women who do not speak English from East London, Bart’s Charity London (£45,497).
Multimedia messaging to reduce diabetes-related stigma for women with gestational diabetes mellitus, a mixed-methods study. Diabetes UK (£240,039).
Evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Smoking in Pregnancy Project (£19920).
King's Together Early Career Researcher Seed Funding Scheme (£1000).
NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Career Development Fellowship​​​​​​​ (£50,526​​​​​​​).

2023: Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology Flash Presentation Award.
2022: NIHR Academy Member Conference Poster Runner-up.
2022: Diabetes UK Psychological Care Digital Poster Award.
2021: University of Adelaide Student-led Teaching Award.

Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology - Tutor 2017
Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology - Tutor 2019
Indigenous People, Country, and Protocols - Tutor 2020

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Robinson Research Institute Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honour Society Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member The University of Adelaide Psychology Students' Association Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Women’s Psychosocial Outcomes of a Randomised Controlled Trial of Pregnant Women Being Monitored During Labour with CTG or ST-Analysis (STan) 11th annual Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference The University of Adelaide Australia

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