Dr Karen Block is Associate Director of the Child and Community Wellbeing Program, Centre for Health Equity, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She is also the Academic Lead of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s research program, Migration and Social Cohesion and Academic Convenor of the associated Interdisciplinary PhD program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies.
Dr Block has a strong national profile in the area of migration studies, exploring the interplay between host communities and migrants and the complex ways in which this interaction affects health inequalities, integration, inclusion and social cohesion.
Her recent and current research includes a range of projects involving immigrant and refugee-background young people, women and families focused on social inclusion across the life course, health inequalities, gender-based violence, evaluating complex interventions, and working in collaborative partnerships with communities and community-based organisations. Dr Block also has a keen interest in cross-disciplinary, participatory, innovative and ethical qualitative and mixed methodologies for working with migrant children and youth and their families.
Dr Block’s research and related activities in this field have strengthened understandings of factors supporting wellbeing and inclusion for refugee and migrant populations post-settlement; stimulated discourse around ethical and appropriate methodologies for working with this population; and influenced policy and practice.
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The Experiences Of Refugee Background Students And Classroom And School Practice In Primar..
Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport for Refugee-Background Youth in Australia: Analys..
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Multicultural and Settlement Services supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project
Catherine Vaughan, Jasmin CHEN, Claire Sullivan, Suha Mariyam, Monisha Sandhu, Jeanine Hourani, Yara Jarallah, Lana Zannettino, Carolyn Gregoric, Linda Murray, Sarah Khaw, Karen Block, Adele Murdolo
Report | 2020
The Multicultural and Settlement Services supporting women experiencing violence project (known as the MuSeS project) aimed to pro..
KEY STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVES ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG USE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE FROM CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN MELBOURNE: A QUALITATIVE STUDY
Caitlin Douglass, Karen Block, Danielle Horyniak, Peter Higgs, Megan Lim, Margaret Hellard
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW
The MuSeS project: a mixed methods study to increase understanding of the role of settlement and multicultural services in supporting migrant and refugee women experiencing violence in Australia
Cathy Vaughan, Yara Jarallah, Adele Murdolo, Linda Murray, Regina Quiazon, Karen Block, Lana Zannettino
Journal article | 2019 | BMC INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
The effect of group involvement on post-disaster mental health: A longitudinal multilevel analysis
H Colin Gallagher, Karen Block, Lisa Gibbs, David Forbes, Dean Lusher, Robyn Molyneaux, John Richardson, Philippa Pattison, Colin MacDougall, Richard A Bryant
Journal article | 2019 | SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
Longitudinal study of changing psychological outcomes following the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires
Richard A Bryant, Lisa Gibbs, Hugh Colin Gallagher, Phillipa Pattison, Dean Lusher, Colin MacDougall, Louise Harms, Karen Block, Vikki Sinnott, Greg Ireton, John Richardson, David Forbes
Journal article | 2018 | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Distress and satisfaction with research participation: Impact on retention in longitudinal disaster research
Lisa Gibbs, Robyn Molyneaux, Sonia Whiteley, Karen Block, Louise Harms, Richard A Bryant, David Forbes, H Colin Gallagher, Colin MacDougall, Greg Ireton
Journal article | 2018 | International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Ethical Use and Impact of Participatory Approaches to Research in Post-Disaster Environments: An Australian Bushfire Case Study
L Gibbs, K Block, C MacDougall, L Harms, E Baker, J Richardson, G Ireton, HC Gallagher, R Bryant, D Lusher, P Pattison, J Watson, J Gillett, A Pirrone, R Molyneaux, S Sexton-Bruce, D Forbes
Journal article | 2018 | BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL
Dyadic Effects of Attachment on Mental Health: Couples in a Postdisaster Context
H Colin Gallagher, Dean Lusher, Lisa Gibbs, Philippa Pattison, David Forbes, Karen Block, Louise Harms, Colin MacDougall, Connie Kellett, Greg Ireton, Richard A Bryant
Journal article | 2017 | Journal of Family Psychology
Mental Health and Social Networks After Disaster
Richard A Bryant, H Colin Gallagher, Lisa Gibbs, Philippa Pattison, Colin MacDougall, Louise Harms, Karen Block, Elyse Baker, Vikki Sinnott, Greg Ireton, John Richardson, David Forbes, Dean Lusher
Journal article | 2017 | American Journal of Psychiatry
Post-bushfire relocation decision-making and personal wellbeing A case study from Victoria, Australia
Lisa Gibbs, Hugh Colin Gallagher, Karen Block, Elyse Baker, Richard Bryant, Lou Harms, Greg Ireton, Connie Kellett, Vikki Sinnott, John F Richardson, Dean Lusher, David Forbes, Colin MacDougall, Elizabeth Waters
Book Chapter | 2017
Mental Health Following Separation in a Disaster: The Role of Attachment
H Colin Gallagher, John Richardson, David Forbes, Louise Harms, Lisa Gibbs, Nathan Alkemade, Colin MacDougall, Elizabeth Waters, Karen Block, Dean Lusher, Elyse Baker, Richard A Bryant
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Traumatic Stress
ASPIRE: A multi-site community-based participatory research project to increase understanding of the dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women in Australia
Cathy Vaughan, Adele Murdolo, Linda Murray, Erin Davis, Jasmin Chen, Karen Block, Regina Quiazon, Deb Warr
Journal article | 2015 | BMC PUBLIC HEALTH
Conceptualising Post-Disaster Recovery: Incorporating Grief Experiences
Louise Harms, Karen Block, H Colin Gallagher, Lisa Gibbs, Richard A Bryant, Dean Lusher, John Richardson, Colin MacDougall, Elyse Baker, Vikki Sinnott, Greg Ireton, David Forbes, Connie Kellett, Elizabeth Waters
Journal article | 2015 | The British Journal of Social Work
Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the Community Fireguard Program Experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia
L Gibbs, K-L Sia, K Block, E Baker, C Nelsson, J Gilbert, A Cook, C MacDougall
Journal article | 2015 | International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
The role of anger and ongoing stressors in mental health following a natural disaster
David Forbes, Nathan Alkemade, Elizabeth Waters, Lisa Gibbs, Colin Gallagher, Phillipa Pattison, Dean Lusher, Colin MacDougall, Louise Harms, Karen Block, Elyse Snowdon, Connie Kellet, Vikki Sinnott, Greg Ireton, John Richardson, Richard A Bryant
Journal article | 2015 | Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Psychological outcomes following the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires
Richard A Bryant, Elizabeth Waters, Lisa Gibbs, H Colin Gallagher, Philippa Pattison, Dean Lusher, Colin MacDougalls, Louise Harms, Karen Block, Elyse Snowdon, Vikki Sinnotts, Greg Ireton, John Richardsons, David Forbes
Journal article | 2014 | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volunteering in a School Kitchen Garden Program: Cooking Up Confidence, Capabilities, and Connections
M Townsend, L Gibbs, S Macfarlane, K Block, P Staiger, L Gold, B Johnson, C Long
Journal article | 2014 | Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
This paper reports on the evaluation of a kitchen garden program in primary schools in Victoria, Australia. It focuses on the moti..
Beyond Bushfires: Community, Resilience and Recovery - a longitudinal mixed method study of the medium to long term impacts of bushfires on mental health and social connectedness
Lisa Gibbs, Elizabeth Waters, Richard A Bryant, Philippa Pattison, Dean Lusher, Louise Harms, John Richardson, Colin MacDougall, Karen Block, Elyse Snowdon, Hugh Colin Gallagher, Vikki Sinnott, Greg Ireton, David Forbes
Journal article | 2013 | BMC Public Health
Expanding Children's Food Experiences: The Impact of a School-Based Kitchen Garden Program
Lisa Gibbs, Petra K Staiger, Britt Johnson, Karen Block, Susie Macfarlane, Lisa Gold, Jenny Kulas, Mardie Townsend, Caroline Long, Obioha Ukoumunne
Journal article | 2013 | Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Growing Community: The Impact of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program on the Social and Learning Environment in Primary Schools
Karen Block, Lisa Gibbs, Petra K Staiger, Lisa Gold, Britt Johnson, Susie Macfarlane, Caroline Long, Mardie Townsend
Journal article | 2012 | Health Education and Behavior
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership
Snr Research Fellow - Comm Engag & Soci Health Res
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Australasian Evaluation Society
Public Health Association of Australia
Advanced Learning and Leadership
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne