Rachel completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in psychology at Charles Sturt University in 2008. She completed a PhD in Sport Psychology at Charles Sturt University in 2015 on horse-rider relationships in elite equestrian sport.
Rachel joined the School of Psychology as a faculty member in 2012 and has lectured on methods of psychological inquiry, research methods and statistics in psychology, advanced research methods and statistics in psychology, the foundations of psychology, psychological testing, psychology of learning, foundations of psychology for health and human services, cognition, and industrial-organisational psychology.
Rachel's research interests concern interspecies interaction, particularly horse-human relationships, as well as equine-assisted psychotherapy, the psychological characteristics of elite athletes, and dyadic sporting relationships. Teaching and research interests include performance psychology, Indigenous education, the psychology of failure and perfectionism, equestrian psychology, the psychology of innovation in the workplace, and mental health in veterinarians.
Rachel is broadly interested in topics relating to sport and social psychology and conducts both qualitative and quantitative research.