Dr Karen Martin

Started at UWA: 2010

Teaching and research academic with a passion for helping those in need

Our research benefits those who are most vulnerable. With great passion to make a difference, I work from a population health perspective to improve the lives of those who urgently need help.

Dr Karen Martin


Dr Karen Martin is a teaching and research academic in the School of Population and Global Health. She is passionate about improving the health of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations through her work. Alongside Associate Professor Lisa Wood, Dr Martin leads the DisAdvantaged Populations Research Initiative (DAPRI) in the School of Population and Global Health. DAPRI works on completing population level research to support those most vulnerable, including people who are homeless, experiencing domestic violence or in unsafe environments.

Recently, Dr Martin founded the WA Trauma-informed And Restorative Schools Collaboration (TARSC), a group of experts dedicated to assisting schools to support children and adolescents who have experienced adversity and/or trauma.

Over the last 20 years, Dr Martin has explored psychological and post-traumatic distress, domestic violence, mental health, loneliness, and health in homeless and refugee populations. In addition, she has completed research in physical activity, screen use, energy drinks, and overweight and obesity. In addition to university-based research, Dr Martin completed palliative care research while working for the WA Hospice Palliative Care Association.


  • BSc - UWA
  • PhD - UWA

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UWA Guild Students Choice Award, 2017

Healthway Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013-2016

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Fay Gale Fellowship, 2014

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UWA Teaching Excellence; Research Supervision 2015, 2017 and Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning award nominations, 2017

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Jan Watt Memorial Prize for Research Field Work Excellence, The University of Western Australia, 2011


The aim of this unit is to assist students to enter the workforce with a set of well-developed generic skills.

This unit provides an overview of both quantitative and qualitative methodology used in health research.

This unit offers students the opportunity to work with prospective employers, apply theoretical knowledge to the 'real world' and gain valuable experience in the health workplace.

This practicum consists of a placement scheme whereby students are hosted by a health-related agency for a full semester.

Contact Dr Karen Martin

Dr Martin is seeking PhD, master’s and honours students interested in pursuing research that aims to improve the lives of vulnerable people.