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Dr Shantha Karthigesu


Staff Member Details
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17.111  

Shantha is a postdoctoral researcher on the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren project within the School of Medical and Health Sciences. She also teaches anatomy and physiology.

Current Teaching

  • MHS1101  Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • MHS1102  Anatomy and Physiology 2


Extensive experience teaching human anatomy and physiology, human nutritional ecology and the anthropology of the contemporary world in Canada.

Professional Associations

  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health
  • Human Behaviour and Evolution Society
  • Australasian Society for Human Biology

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 : Edith Cowan University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 2010 : Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CAD17,500)
  • 2009 : University of Toronto Fellowship Award (CAD28,000)

Research Areas and Interests

Intergenerational health influences, indigenous health, infant nutrition (breastfeeding behaviour), food security, medical anthropology, evolutionary perspective on health and disease, human behavioural ecology, mixed methods research.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2019.
  • Master of Science, Canada, 2011.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Taylor, M., Coall, D., Karthigesu, S. (2019). Who’ll Care for Them in the Event of Me Dying? Custodial Grandparents’ Incapacity, Mortality, and Succession Care-Plan Fears for Their Custodial Grandchild/ren. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 17(2), 178-200.

Research Student Supervision

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