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Dr David Coall

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2118, Email: d.coall@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.508
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2118
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5717
Email: d.coall@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.508  

 

David is a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and the Human Biology Course Coordinator in Biomedical Science within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

Course Coordinator Bachelor of Science (Human Biology)

Lecturer and Unit Coordinator for:

  • SCH1132 Human Evolution and Ecology
  • SCH1134 Human Structure and Function
  • SCH1143 Systems Physiology
  • MMS3101 Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease

Background

  • 2014-present Course Coordinator, Human Biology
  • 2012-present Senior Lecturer, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia
  • 2012-present Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia
  • 2010-2012 Lecturer School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia
  • 2009-2010 Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia
  • 2005-2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Institute of Psychology University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2005 Assistant Lecturer, Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Western Australia

Professional Associations

  • European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association
  • Australasian Society for Human Biology
  • Biosocial Society
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Association of Western Australia

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2012-present - Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia

Other

  • 2010 - Learning and Teaching Grant for the project entitled Human Structure and Function: Benchmarking for the Future
  • 2010 - Finalist for the Edith Cowan University Professional Development Scholarship

Research Areas and Interests

David is an interdisciplinary researcher using perspectives and methods from human evolutionary ecology, biological anthropology, psychology and sociology to investigate intergenerational influences on health. David’s current research projects include:

  • Grandparents raising their grandchildren: Experiences, needs and health
  • The influence childhood psychosocial stress has on a woman’s reproductive development, reproductive timing, and her mental and physical health
  • Maternal influences on placental growth and development
  • The impact grandparental investment has on the growth and development of grandchildren in contemporary industrialised societies
  • Using life history theory as a framework for examining factors that influence clinically significant variation in birth weight and placental weight

Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), The University of Western Australia, 2005.
  • BScHons (Bachelor of Science Honours), The University of Western Australia, 1999.
  • B (Bachelor Degree), The University of Western Australia, 1995.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Health and Well-Being of Grandchildren Raised by their Grandparents,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $110,739.
  • Factors influencing the reunification of children with their substance-using parents subsequent to their placement in out-of-home care,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $141,899.
  • Identifying factors that influence the well-being of grandparents who are primary caregivers of their grandchildren.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 2),  2014 - 2016,  $110,427.
  • Metals in the Human Placenta; concentrations and relationship with birth outcomes,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016,  $9,675.
  • The influence of placental growth and development on fetal growth in in vitro fertilization and normal pregnancies,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2014,  $24,421.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Coall, D., Callan, A., Dickins, TE., Chisholm, JS., (2015), Evolution and Prenatal Development: An Evolutionary Perspective. Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science, 3(23), 57-105, Hoboken, USA.
  • Coall, D., Dickins, TE., Nettle, D., (2012), Antecedents of teenage pregnancy: Using an evolutionary perspective in the search for mechanisms. Pragmatic Evolution: Applications of Evolutionary Theory, 167-179, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Journal Articles

  • Van Der Watt, G., Coall, D., Sng, A., Janca, A., (2016), Early memories: Clinical relevance and significance. Australasian Psychiatry, 24(1), 34-38, London, UK, DOI: 10.1177/1039856215598867.
  • Coall, D., Tickner, M., McAllister, L., Sheppard, P., (2016), Developmental influences on fertility decisions by women: an evolutionary perspective. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1692), Article no. 20150146, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0146.
  • McAllister, L., Pepper, G., Virgo, S., Coall, D., (2016), The evolved psychological mechanisms of fertility motivation: hunting for causation in a sea of correlation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1692), Article no. 20150151, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0151.
  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Batten, R., Coall, D., (2016), Understanding the mental health travails of custodial grandparents. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 32(3), 259-280, DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2015.1136255.
  • Taylor, M., Marquis, R., Batten, R., Coall, D., (2015), Understanding the occupational issues faced by custodial grandparents endeavoring to improve scholastic outcomes for their grandchildren. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 8(4), 319-335, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2015.1105169.
  • Coall, D., Hilbrand, S., Hertwig, R., (2014), Predictors of Grandparental Investment Decisions in Contemporary Europe: Biological Relatedness and Beyond. PLoS ONE, 9(1), e84082, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084082.
  • Mohan, I., Lawson-Smith, C., Coall, D., Van Der Watt, G., Janca, A., (2014), Somatoform disorders in patients with chronic pain. Australasian Psychiatry, 22(1), 66-70, UK, DOI: 10.1177/1039856213511675.
  • Nettle, D., Dickins, TE., Coall, D., De Morney Davis, P., (2013), Patterns of physical and psychological development in future teenage mothers. Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health, 2013(1), 187-196, Oxford/Online, DOI: 10.1093/emph/eot016.
  • Henderson, A., Coall, D., Lillee, A., Isaac, M., Janca, A., (2011), Development and evaluation of the Consumer Recovery Satisfaction Survey. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18(12), 662-670.
  • Sear, R., Coall, D., (2011), How much does family matter? Cooperative breeding and the demographic transition. Population and Development Review, 37(Supplement), 81-112, New York, DOI: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2011.00379.x.
  • Coall, D., Hertwig, R., (2011), Grandparental Investment: A Relic of the Past or a Resource for the Future?. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(2), 93-98, DOI: 10.1177/0963721411403269.
  • Nettle, D., Coall, D., Dickins, TE., (2011), Early-life conditions and age at first pregnancy in British women. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1712), 1721-1727, London, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1726.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Grandparental Investment Patterns: Who Cares?
  • Grandparental Investment Across Europe: A Study From An Evolutionary Perspective
  • Grandparental Investment: The Influence Of Reproductive Timing On Family Size
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