Researcher Profile

Dr Karen Martin

Karen Martin
Karen Martin

Phone: +61 8 6488 1267

Research Expertise:
  • Children's physical activity
  • Nature benefits for health and learning for children
  • Measurement of physical activity using accelerometers
  • Physical activity at school
  • Children's play spaces
  • Natural playgrounds
  • Teenager/adolescent perspectives about leisure time
  • The relationship between physical activity and learning for children

Biography

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.

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;

Previous Positions

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

Current Projects

Promoting trauma informed practice in WA secondary schools

Qualifications

BSc PhD W.Aust.

Industrial Relevance

Project industry partners:
Department of Education, Government of Western Australia
Australian Secondary Principals Association
Mental Health Commission
Holyoake
Department of Corrective Services
Department of Child Protection and Family Services

Department of Sport and Recreation
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
City of Subiaco

Teaching

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

ID: 112888

Most frequent journals
  • BMC Public Health

    ISSNs: 1471-2458

    BioMed Central

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

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Public Health Nutrition

    ISSNs: 1368-9800, 1475-2727

    Cambridge University Press

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

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Journal of Physical Activity and Health

    ISSNs: 1543-3080, 1543-5474

    Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.

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

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Health Education Journal

    ISSNs: 0017-8969, 1748-8176

    SAGE Publications Ltd

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.78 SJR 0.365 SNIP 0.482

    Journal: ERA2015

  • American Journal of Health Promotion

    ISSNs: 0890-1171

    American Journal of Health Promotion

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.27 SJR 0.778 SNIP 0.858

    Journal: ERA2015

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