• The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 382 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


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 and responsibilities

- 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 overview

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

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

Teaching overview

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


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.


  • 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

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

  • 6 Similar Profiles
Mental Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Vulnerable Populations Medicine & Life Sciences
Energy Drinks Medicine & Life Sciences
interpersonal relationships Agriculture & Biology
mental health Agriculture & Biology
Qualitative Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Pets Medicine & Life Sciences
Self Report Medicine & Life Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 2004 2018

  • 382 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 3 Other output
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
medical care
qualitative interview
1 Citations

Barriers to mental health care for disadvantaged adolescents: Perspectives of service providers

Platell, M., Cook, A. & Martin, K., 2017, In : Advances in Mental Health. 15, 2, p. 198-210 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vulnerable Populations
Mental Health
Mental Health Services
Delivery of Health Care
Organizational Policy
Health Behavior
Vulnerable Populations
Mental Health
mental health
2 Citations

Informing Intervention Strategies to Reduce Energy Drink Consumption in Young People: Findings From Qualitative Research

Francis, J., Martin, K., Costa, B., Christian, H., Kaur, S., Harray, A., Barblett, A., Oddy, W. H., Ambrosini, G., Allen, K. & Trapp, G., 1 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 49, 9, p. 724-733.e1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Energy Drinks
Qualitative Research
Product Packaging
Costs and Cost Analysis

Social capital and pet ownership – a tale of four cities

Wood, L., Martin, K., Christian, H., Houghton, S., Kawachi, I., Vallesi, S. & McCune, S., 2017, In : SSM-Population Health. 3, p. 442–447 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access