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Dr Raquel Peel is an internationally recognised TEDx speaker, an emerging researcher, and passionate lecturer. She holds a PhD, a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art History and Music. Currently at the University of Southern Queensland, she is a Psychology & Counselling Senior Lecturer.

She is interested in researching relationships, suicide, bullying, and medical education. She also enjoys promoting scientific research to engage both academics and members of the general public. Her research has received extensive media coverage including TV and radio interviews, newspaper articles and publications on The Conversation, TED, ABC News, and Psychology Today. On October 2018, she gave a TEDx Talk on self-sabotage in romantic relationships.

Her work as an educator has been recognised with prestigious Teaching Awards. She is 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 James Cook University.

Overall, she is passionate about people and the expression of life. She is originally from Brazil and has travelled and lived in many places around the world. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband Matthew, their two cats Tigre and Patera, their Miniature Pinscher, Lobinha, and their Doberman, Urso.


  • 2022–present
    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
    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
  • APS Member

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)


Golden Key Society