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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Learning and teaching
  • First year experience
  • Physiology education
  • Assessment
  • Block model

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About Kathy Tangalakis

Kathy's career focus has been on enhancing the first year student learning experience and outcomes for diverse student cohorts in biomedical and health-related courses. Her contribution to learning and teaching has been recognised internationally, nationally and institutionally with numerous awards. Kathy is currently researching how Victoria University's innovative Block Model has impacted on commencing student outcomes in STEM.

Kathy is also co-chair of the National Biomedical Assessment Collaboration, whose aim is to build a national Assessment Framework which will allow mapping of, and improvements to, the quality of assessments in the biomedical and biosciences. Kathy is currently undertaking a project, funded by the The Physiological Society UK and in collaboration with the Australian Council for Educational Research, to use the Assessment Framework to improve assessment of the core concepts of Physiology within curricula.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia, 1988
  • PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1992

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Pudkasam, S., Tangalakis, K., Chinlumprasert, N., Apostolopoulos, V., & Stojanovska, L. (171101). Breast cancer and exercise: The role of adiposity and immune markers. Maturitas, 105 (16-22).

doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2017.04.022

2017 Apostolopoulos, V., Antonipillai, J., Tangalakis, K., Ashton, J. F., & Stojanovska, L. (170901). Let's Go Bananas! Gren Bananas and their Health Benefits.. Prilozi (Makedonska akademija na naukite i umetnostite. Oddelenie za medicinski nauki), 38(2), (147-151).

doi: 10.1515/prilozi-2017-0033

2017 Prakash, M. D., Tangalakis, K., Antonipillai, J., Stojanovska, L., Nurgali, K., & Apostolopoulos, V. (170601). Methamphetamine: Effects on the brain, gut and immune system. Pharmacological Research, 120 (60-67).

doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2017.03.009

2017 Tangalakis, K., Best, G., & Hryciw, D. H. (170101). Peer Assisted Study Sessions to Enhance Learning Strategies and Social Inclusion in Undergraduate Students from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 25(3), 36-44, 2017., 25(3), (36-44).
2016 Honisett, S. Y., Tangalakis, K., Wark, J., Apostolopoulos, V., & Stojanovska, L. (161101). The Effects of Hormonal Therapy and Exercise on Bone Turnover in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomised Double-Blind Pilot Study. Prilozi (Makedonska akademija na naukite i umetnostite. Oddelenie za medicinski nauki), 37(2-3), (23-32).

doi: 10.1515/prilozi-2016-0013

2016 Honisett, S. Y., Pagliaro, D., Tangalakis, K., Kingwell, B., Ebeling, P., Craven, R., Antonopillai, J., Apostolopoulos, V., & Stojanovska, L. (161101). Hormone Therapy Reduces Bone Resorption but not Bone Formation in Postmenopausal Athletes. Prilozi (Makedonska akademija na naukite i umetnostite. Oddelenie za medicinski nauki), 37(2-3), (15-21).

doi: 10.1515/prilozi-2016-0012

2016 Mikkelsen, K., Stojanovska, L., Tangalakis, K., Bosevski, M., & Apostolopoulos, V. (161101). Cognitive decline: A vitamin B perspective. Maturitas, 93 (108-113).

doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.08.001

2016 Apostolopoulos, V., de, Courten., Stojanovska, L., Blatch, G. L., Tangalakis, K., & de, Courten. (160101). The complex immunological and inflammatory network of adipose tissue in obesity. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 60(1), (43-57).

doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201500272

2014 Tangalakis, K., Hughes, K., Brown, C., & Dickson, K. (140101). The use of explicit teaching strategies for academic staffand students in bioscience foundation subjects. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(3), (42-51).
2013 Hryciw, D. H., Tangalakis, K., Supple, B., & Best, G. (130101). Evaluation of a peer mentoring program for a mature cohort of first-year undergraduate paramedic students. American Journal of Physiology - Advances in Physiology Education, 37(1), (80-84).

doi: 10.1152/advan.00129.2012

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Inside the Black Box of the Block Model: First-Year STEM
From: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Investigators: Ms Jennifer Jackson, Prof Peter Noonan, Prof Ian Solomonides
For period: 2019-2020
$39,544

Supervision of research students at VU

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jun 2018 - Dec 2020
Deputy Head of Scholarship & Professional Learning
First Year College, Victoria University
Jan 2014 - Dec 2016
Head of Discipline (Medical Physiology)
College of Health & Biomedicine, Victoria University
Jan 2014 - Dec 2016
First Year Champion
College of Health & Biomedicine
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Course leader, Bachelor of Biomedicine
Victoria University
Jan 2009 - Dec 2012
Academic Coordinator (Teaching & Learning)
School of Biomedical Sciences, Victoria University
Jan 2008 - Dec 2010
Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences)
Victoria University
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jun 2018 -
Dec 2020
Deputy Head of Scholarship & Professional Learning
First Year College, Victoria University
Jan 2014 -
Dec 2016
Head of Discipline (Medical Physiology)
College of Health & Biomedicine, Victoria University
Jan 2014 -
Dec 2016
First Year Champion
College of Health & Biomedicine
Jan 2015 -
Dec 2015
Course leader, Bachelor of Biomedicine
Victoria University
Jan 2009 -
Dec 2012
Academic Coordinator (Teaching & Learning)
School of Biomedical Sciences, Victoria University
Jan 2008 -
Dec 2010
Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences)
Victoria University
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Awards

Year Award
2019

David Jordan Teaching Award - The Physiological Society, UK

2018

Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (H5P Blended Learning Team) - Victoria University

2016

Michael Roberts Medal for Excellence in Physiology Education - Australian Physiological Society

2016

Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning - Australian Government

2016

Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (First Year Champion Team) - Victoria University

2014

Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (Collaborative Biomed Team) - Victoria University

2011

Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Learning & Teaching – Higher Education (Individual) - Victoria University

2011

Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award (Individual) - Faculty of Health, Engineering & Science, Victoria University

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Keynote and invited speeches

Year Title/Description
2017

Michael Roberts Lecture

Australian Physiological Society, Victoria, Australia

2016

Student Supported Peer Learning: Peer mentoring programs in different contexts.

ComBio Conference, Brisbane, Australia

Professional memberships

  • Member, Australian Physiological Society
  • Member, The Physiological Society UK
  • Member, The American Physiological Society