Associate Professor Dr. Kavitha Palaniappan is the academic director at Newcastle Australia Institute of Higher Education (Singapore), a wholly-owned entity of the University of Newcastle, Australia. She teaches the program of Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (BEnvOHS). Apart from teaching, Dr. Palaniappan is also actively involved in multi-disciplinary research, including the prevalence of psychosocial illnesses and their impacts on society, economy and country. She also researches alternative therapies to enhance sleep, yoga and its health benefits, the toxicity of nanomaterials, exposure measurements and hygiene requirements for nano-titanium dioxide, exposure to nano-silver in mattresses and beddings and their health effects, associations between seasonal patterns, climate variables, and dengue risks in Singapore. She is a graduate member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).