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Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland and Senior Lecturer, RMIT University

Dr Raquel Peel is an internationally recognised relationships expert and an award-winning educator and researcher. Her TEDx talk on relationship sabotage was featured as one of the most popular talks in the TED series ‘How to Be a Better Human’ and TEDxShorts. Raquel has also spoken at high-profile events such as the World of Science Festival. She is regularly interviewed by the media to provide expert commentary on relationship matters at national and international outlets such as The Project, ABC, Forbes, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Channel News Asia, and the Deutsche Welle German Broadcaster. Her current research program encompasses studies on interpersonal relationships, mental health, suicide, and education. In her most recent academic position, she served as a Senior Lecturer, teaching a diverse range of psychology and counselling subjects across all undergraduate year levels, and Honours Program Director, coordinating the 4th year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), and the Master of Science (Research)(Psychology Research) programs at the University of Southern Queensland. Her work as an educator has been recognised with prestigious institutional awards, including the Excellence Award for Early Career Educator granted by the University of Southern Queensland (2020) and the Inclusive Practice Teaching Award granted by James Cook University (2018). Additionally, she is a fellow of Advanced Higher Education. Originally from Brazil, Raquel has been in Australia for almost two decades and has recently moved to Melbourne with her husband, son, and fur kids. For a complete portfolio, please visit:


  • 2023–present
    Senior Lecturer, RMIT
  • 2022–2023
    Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2019–2021
    Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer, James Cook University


  • 2020 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 2015 
    James Cook University, BPsych(Honours)
  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts (Art History) (Music)
  • 2008 
    TAFE NSW, Advanced Diploma Music Business


  • 2021
    BMC Psychology, The relationship sabotage scale: An evaluation of factor analyses and constructive validity
  • 2020
    Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Why do we sabotage love? A thematic analysis of lived experiences of relationship breakdown and maintenance.
  • 2020
    BMC Medical Education, The impact of localised general practice training on Queensland’s rural and remote general practice workforce
  • 2019
    Journal of Relationship Research, Defining romantic self-sabotage: A thematic analysis of interviews with practicing psychologists.
  • 2019
    BMC Health Services Research, Building general practice training capacity in rural and remote Australia with underserved primary care services: A qualitative investigation.
  • 2018
    International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, Mental health diagnoses and relationship breakdown: Which is the chicken and which the egg?
  • 2017
    GSTF Journal of Psychology, Comparing the Effect of Stigma on the Recognition of Suicide Risk in Others between Australia and Brazil

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Research Training Program Competitive Pool Funding
    PhD Researcher
    Funding Source:
    James Cook University
  • 2018
    Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship
    PhD Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Australian Government - Department of Education and Training

Professional Memberships

  • APS Psychology of Relationships Interest Group
  • APS Member

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)


Fellow of Advanced Higher Education | Member of Golden Key Society