Researcher Profile

Dr Karen Martin

Karen Martin
Karen Martin

Phone: +61 8 6488 1267

Research Expertise:
  • Children's physical activity
  • Childhood trauma
  • Childhood adversity
  • Delinquent behaviour
  • Mental health
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Nature benefits for health and learning for children
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychological distress
  • Prisoner health
  • School students
  • Student health and wellbeing
  • Suicide riskPhysical activity at school
  • The relationship between physical activity and learning for children
  • Trauma-informed practice


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

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


BSc PhD W.Aust.

Current Projects

Promoting trauma informed practice in WA secondary schools

Previous Positions

Sessional Lecturer, Curtin University of Technology
Research Project Coordinator, University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University
Research Facilitator, Hollywood Private Hospital

Funding Received

Past 5 years;

Future Research

Restorative and trauma-informed practice and student well-being in disadvantaged secondary schools.

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


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.

ID: 112888

Most frequent journals
  • BMC Public Helath

    ISSNs: 1471-2458

    BioMed Central

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.54 SJR 1.328 SNIP 1.259

    Indexed in DOAJ

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Public Health Nutrition

    ISSNs: 1368-9800, 1475-2727

    Cambridge University Press

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.04 SJR 1.03 SNIP 0.876

    Journal: ERA2018

  • SSM-Population Health

    ISSNs: 2352-8273


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1 SJR 0.408 SNIP 0.509

    Indexed in DOAJ

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Advances in Mental Health

    ISSNs: 1446-7984, 1838-7357, 1837-4905

    Taylor & Francis

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.62 SJR 0.254 SNIP 0.485

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Journal of Physical Activity & Health

    ISSNs: 1543-3080, 1543-5474

    Human Kinetics Publishers

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.05 SJR 0.998 SNIP 0.887

    Journal: ERA2018

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