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Karen Martin

Dr Karen Martin

Research Fellow
Population and Public Health

Contact details
Population and Public Health
The University of Western Australia (M431)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1267
+61 8 6488 1188
BSc PhD W.Aust.
I am an early career researcher and currently a teaching and research academic in the School of Population and Global Health.
With a dedication to research that assists with the reduction of mental and physical suffering, I mainly complete research with vulnerable populations. Over the last 20 years I have undertaken research within diverse health fields such as psychological and post-traumatic distress, domestic violence, mental health, loneliness, and health in homeless and refugee populations. Previously, I also completed research in physical activity, screen use, overweight and obesity and palliative care.

Recently, I founded the Western Australia Trauma-informed And Restorative Schools Collaboration (TARSC WA); a collaboration of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to increasing awareness about the impact of trauma on children and adolescents. Members of the collaboration support schools to reduce school punitive practices (that re-traumatise children who have experienced childhood trauma and adversity) and increase compassionate and restorative school practices.
Key research
Post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological distress and antisocial behaviour in disadvantaged adolescents.
Loneliness and psychological distress in adolescents who are refugees.
Best Practice Principles for Interventions with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds
Journey to Social Inclusion (intervention for homeless individuals in Melbourne)
Evaluation of St Vincent's Homeless Progam
Evaluation of DRUMBEAT for mental well-being promotion in vulnerable and disadvantaged youth,
The Impact of Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT Program on Prisoner Wellbeing in Western Australian Prisons,
Children's physical activity in the school setting (PhD).
Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (CAPANS) 2008.
Child's play; child, parent and stakeholders' perspectives of playspaces.
Relationship between children's learning, behaviour and development and physical activity.
Benefits of nature for children.
see google scholar;
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Identify research gaps, priorities and opportunities within individual research field
-Prepare literature reviews and proposals, seek and apply for grants
-Seek appropriate research approvals including Institutional Ethics
- Coordinate data collection and supervise staff
- Prepare and analyse data and prepare manuscripts
-Disseminate research via conferences and directly to stakeholders
-Liaise with the media, providing television, radio and newspaper interviews in disseminating research
-Apply research findings in health and well-being advocacy
-Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research supervision
Future research
Restorative and trauma-informed practice and student well-being in disadvantaged secondary schools.

Funding received
Past 5 years;

1.Fisher C, Martin K, Wood L, Pearlman A 2016-9 Best Practice Principles for Interventions with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds ANROWS Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream Grants Round $199,452
2.Trapp G, Cross D, Martin K, Christian H, Ambrosini G, Oddy W. Energy drinks: an emerging health risk for children and adolescents. Telethon-Perth Hospital Research Fund 2016-2018 $237 232
3.Flatau P, Thielking M, Wood L, Martin K et al Evaluation of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne Homelessness Programs; ALERT, CHOPS, The Cottage and Prague House 2016 St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne $100 000
4.Flatau P, Thielking M, Wood L, Martin K et al Journey to Social Inclusion: A randomised controlled trial to assess a modified homelessness intervention Sacred Heart Mission 2015 $199,187
5.Trapp G, Allen K, Martin K et al, The health impacts of energy drink consumption: Cause for concern? Healthway Starter Grant 2015 $29,993
6.Martin K, Exploring trauma informed, restorative and compassion based practice within schools. Faye Gale Travel Fellowship, 2014 $10 808
7.Martin K, Mental health, delinquent and health behaviours in vulnerable youth populations Healthway Postdoctoral Fellowship 2013 $314 951
8.Martin K, Mental health, delinquent and health behaviours in vulnerable youth populations Early Career Researcher Fellowship Support, The University of Western Australia 2013 $29,269
9.Houghton S, Rosenberg M, Wood L, Shilton T, Martin K, Screen Use and Mental Health From Ages 8-18: A Sequential Latent Growth Model, Healthway, 2012-2015 $355,591
10.Foster S, Martin K, Wood L., The neighbourhood influences on parents’ fear of stranger danger Healthway Starter Grant 2013 $27 916
11.Carter M, Wood L, Martin K, Wallace A, Seymour W, Hollins A, Development of Playspace Strategy, Tender, City of Subiaco, 2012 $49 500
12. Wood L, Christian H, Martin K, Houghton S, Kawachi I, French S Pet Connections: The Role of Companion Animals as Facilitators of Social Capital and Sense Of Community, Waltham, 2012 $277 824
Industrial relevance
Project industry partners:
Department of Education, Government of Western Australia
Australian Secondary Principals Association
Mental Health Commission
Department of Sport and Recreation
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
City of Subiaco
Department of Corrective Services

Previous positions
Sessional Lecturer, Curtin University of Technology
Research Project Coordinator, University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University
Research Facilitator, Hollywood Private Hospital
Health Research Design and Methods, Communication and Project Planning in Health, Population Health Practicum (UWA)
Previously; Bistatistics 180, Curtin University of Technology
Research methods, Curtin University of Technology
Health Science Communication, Curtin University of Technology
Useful links
The ACTIVE Schools Project (Characteristics associated with children’s moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity during school)
Loneliness in children;
Child's Play;
Nature benefits for children;
Full report:
Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (CAPANS) 2008;
Treat or trap;
Google scholar citations page:
Current projects
Promoting trauma informed practice in WA secondary schools
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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