About

Karen has a diverse professional background with qualifications and experience in qualitative and cross-cultural research, library and information science, education and research administration. Her research focuses on social and cultural aspects of health and wellbeing, with a particular interest in maternal health in the Pacific region. These interests are reflected in Karen's doctoral research, where she identified the process midwifery students use to manage the provision of care to women following stillbirth in Papua New Guinea. As Cairns mentor for the Cohort Doctoral Studies Program, Karen provides support to postgraduate students undertaking research studies within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. 

Interests
Research
  • Social and cultural determinants of health
  • Pacific people's health
  • Maternal health
  • Research capacity strengthening
  • Decolonising research
Experience
  • 2020 to present - Cohort Doctoral Studies Program Mentor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2019 to present - Research Officer/Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Grants Administrator, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Liaison Librarian, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2006 to 2011 - Liaison Librarian, University of Western Sydney (Campbelltown)
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Awards
  • 2020 - Medal for Excellence in Higher Degree Research
  • 2016 - Joan Hardy Scholarship for Postgraduate Nursing Research (NTEU)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Postgraduate Research Scholarship (APA)
Fellowships
  • 2019 - Adjunct Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute
  • 2015 to 2018 - Postgraduate Fellow, The Cairns Institute
Memberships
  • 2019 - International Stillibirth Alliance
  • 2019 - Public Health Association Australia
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