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Dr David Coall

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 63042118, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO17.207
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  63042118  
Facsimile: (61 8)  63045717  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17.207  


Current Teaching

  • Anatomy and Physiology


After completing his PhD in 2005 David worked in the Health Department of Western Australia and the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Western Australia. David was awarded a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2006. In 2008 David returned to Western Australia and was employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia before joining Edith Cowan University in 2010.

Professional Memberships

  • Human Biology Association
  • International Society for Behavioral Ecology
  • Australasian Society for Human Biology
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Association of Western Australia

Awards and Recognition


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

Research Areas and Interests

David's current research focuses on the influence the childhood environment has on subsequent growth, development and reproduction; early-life risk factors for teenage pregnancy; the role of the placenta in fetal growth; and the influence grandparents have in the lives of grandchildren.

Staff Qualifications

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


Recent Research Grants

  • 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 - 2015,  $101,427.
  • 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,  $24,421.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nettle, D., Coall, D., Dickins, T., (2010), Birthweight and paternal involvement predict early reproduction in British women: Evidence from the national child development study. American Journal of Human Biology, 22(2), 172-179, United States.
  • Coall, D., Hertwig, R., (2010), Grandparental investment: Past, present, and future. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(1), 1-19, United Kingdom.
  • Coall, D., Chisholm, J., (2010), Reproductive Development and Parental Investment During Pregnancy: Moderating Influence of Mother?s Early Environment. American Journal of Human Biology, 22(2), 143-153, United States.

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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