Speaker | Researcher | Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland

I am originally from Brazil and have travelled and lived in many places around the world. I am an international Speaker, Researcher, and Lecturer. I work as a Psychology and Counselling Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. I am currently undertaking a PhD in Health and I also hold a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from James Cook University (JCU) and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art History and Music from Sydney University.

I have conducted research in suicide, bullying, stigma, religiosity, rural medicine, and romantic relationships. My honours research on suicide was awarded best student paper at an international conference in Singapore in 2017. Since then, my work on bullying in the workplace has been published by the Conversation.com and generated great interest.

I enjoy promoting scientific research to engage both academics and members of the general public. My most recent research on romantic relationships has received a lot of media attention including TV and radio interviews, newspaper articles, and a publication on ABC News. On October 2018, I gave a TEDx Talk on self-sabotage in romantic relationships.

I am also passionate about raising awareness of mental health in higher education and have developed the Mental Health Program for Higher Degree by Research Candidates for JCU.

Further, my work as a lecturer has been recognised with a prestigious Inclusive Practice Teaching Award.

Overall, I am passionate about people and the expression of life.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer , University of Southern Queensland
  • 2016–2019
    Tutor, James Cook University
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2017–2018
    Research Officer, Generalist Medical Training


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


  • 2019
    BMC Health Services Research, Building general practice training capacity in rural and remote Australia with underserved primary care services: A qualitative investigation.
  • 2019
    Journal of Relationship Research, Defining romantic self-sabotage: A thematic analysis of interviews with practicing psychologists.
  • 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


Golden Key Society