I am an international Speaker, Researcher and Lecturer. I work as a Psychology and Counselling Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland.
I 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. Also, I have successfully completed the requirements for a PhD in Psychology.
I have conducted research in romantic relationships, suicide, bullying and medical education. I also enjoy promoting scientific research to engage both academics and members of the general public. My work 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, I gave a TEDx Talk on self-sabotage in romantic relationships.
My work as an educator has been recognised with a prestigious Inclusive Practice Teaching Award. 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.
Overall, I am passionate about people and the expression of life. I am originally from Brazil and I have travelled and lived in many places around the world. I currently live in Brisbane, Australia, with my husband Matthew, our two cats Tigre and Patera, our Miniature Pinscher, Lobinha, and our Doberman, Urso.