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Dr. Reena Sarkar is a Post Doc Research Fellow at the Department of Forensic Medicine (Monash University) and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine’s Academic Division, Southbank, Victoria. Her Post Doc research is in the fields of one punch death prevention and medicolegal death investigation systems. For the one punch research, she coordinated survivor, perpetrator, and fatalities Australian data which involved legal and clinical data correlation and interpretation. For the medicolegal system research, she used mixed methods for the determination of status of the death investigation systems and identification of best practices. Her PhD in Forensic Medicine was focused on injury and violence prevention and adopted a forensic-epidemiologic approach to orofacial injuries in family violence homicide in Victoria. Reena is an Indian Dental medicine specialist. She has previously worked as a Senior Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist and academic in Indian dental institutions. After her bachelor’s in dental surgery, her Master’s degree and thesis (clinical and research-based) in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology elucidated the role of Candida Albicans in the carcinogenesis of oral premalignant lesions.



Research Interests:

  • Identifying best practices and global capacity determination of forensic/medicolegal death investigation systems in the context of preservation of Right to Life charter of the United Nations.
  • A forensic-epidemiologic approach to injury trends of family violence homicide in the Victorian population with emphasis on data management.
  • Medicolegal approach to injury patterns in single punch assaults and opportunities for injury prevention in Australian community.
  • Death certification and ICD coding quality and standardization.
  • Bite mark evidence and its role in the determination of culpability of offenders in criminal trials.

Research Skill Areas:

  • Public Health (Epidemiology and Statistics)
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Mixed Methods
  • Data Management

Research Skills: Working and triaging large, complex datasets and data linkage; Excel; Endnote; Statistical software IBM SPSS; Covidence and conducting systematic review; Biomedical informatics e.g. International Classification of Diseases-10, -11; Injury analysis in Post-mortem Computed Tomography scans; Two-step Cluster Analysis; Join points Regression (linear and non-linear); Multivariate Logistic Regression and Bootstrapping; Parametric and Nonparametric Tests; Qualtrics; Legal Database review; Qualitative approach.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Forensic Medicine, PhD, Orofacial injuries in family violence homicide in Victoria - an epidemiologic and forensic approach, MONASH UNIVERSITY

10 Mar 201715 Jun 2021

Award Date: 15 Jun 2021

Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Master of Dental Surgery, Government Dental College and Hospital Mumbai, University of Mumbai

Award Date: 1 Jun 2004

Dentistry, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Government Dental College and Hospital Mumbai, University of Mumbai

Award Date: 31 Aug 2000

External positions

Data Officer, Victorian Insititute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) (Victoria)

1 Jul 201731 Aug 2020

Professor and Head, National Dental College Dera Bassi Mohali

15 Jul 201331 Aug 2016

Reader/Associate Professor and Head, National Dental College Dera Bassi Mohali

15 Jul 200814 Jul 2013

Lecturer, National Dental College Dera Bassi Mohali

14 Jul 20088 May 2007

Lecturer, Government Dental College and Hospital Mumbai, University of Mumbai

14 Jul 20047 May 2007

Research area keywords

  • Family violence homicide
  • Death investigation systems
  • injury prevention and prediction
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Epidemiology
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Data Management/Analysis
  • Computed Tomography
  • Forensic medicine
  • Humanitarian forensics

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