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Karen Martin

Dr Karen Martin

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.
My passion is to assist with improving the mental and physical health of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. I am a teaching and research academic in the School of Population and Global Health.
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
- Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research supervision
- 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 and translate 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
- Service to the community, population health field, and the University
Future research
Restorative and trauma-informed practice and student well-being in disadvantaged secondary schools.

Funding received
Past 5 years;
Industrial relevance
Project industry partners:
Department of Education, Government of Western Australia
Australian Secondary Principals Association
Mental Health Commission
Department of Corrective Services
Department of Child Protection and Family Services

Department of Sport and Recreation
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
City of Subiaco
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
Professional Development for Practitioners;Shifting to Trauma-Informed Practice in Schools
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;
Current projects
Promoting trauma informed practice in WA secondary schools

Research profile
Research profile and publications

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