Separation anxiety: Are we anxious about leaving home once lockdown is over?

October 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Separation anxiety is a common feeling that stems from developing an emotional attachment to something and then not wanting to give it away. by Emma Sullivan 5 October, 2020 Retrieved from The Beat With our daily case numbers lowering at a steady rate, there’s hope on the horizon and while it’s hard to remember what pre-COVID life entailed, it’s even […]


Are You Dreading going back to the workplace?

September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

You might be feeling separation anxiety from your home.  Written by Raquel Peel Team 11 September, 2020. Retrieved from The Conversation As some of us return to the workplace or are planning to do so in the future, we face the challenges of a changing environment of social distancing rules and restrictions. It might be your workplace will set limits […]


Rebuilding relationships impacted by pandemic

June 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

A RECENT survey from Relationships Australia revealed that a large percentage of people felt their romantic relationships were negatively impacted by coronavirus. Story by Cassandra Glover 9 June, 2020. Retrieved from The Chronicle Subscriber only Psychology and counselling lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland Raquel Peel said the survey showed 55 per cent of people felt their relationships had […]


Singles turn to digital love in time of isolation.

May 15, 2020 | 2 Comments

It would seem the last thing anyone would be doing during COVID-19 isolation is setting up a dating profile, but according to new data, dating apps experienced a surge in users. Story by Samtui Selave 15 May, 2020. Retrieved from The Queensland Times In April the average number of messages sent daily across dating apps like OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, Tinder, Hinge […]


The coronavirus lockdown could test your relationship. Here’s how to keep it intact (and even improve it).

April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Queensland relationships expert who has researched extensively into “why individuals get into a cycle of continually failing at relationships” believes she has identified a key reason.. By Raquel Peel 14 February, 2020. Retrieved from The Conversation With the raft of social distancing measures in place to control the spread of coronavirus, you may be spending more time with your partner than ever […]


Valentine’s Day: Psychology researcher outlines possible reasons for relationship failures.

February 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Queensland relationships expert who has researched extensively into “why individuals get into a cycle of continually failing at relationships” believes she has identified a key reason.. By Warren Barnsley 14 February, 2020. Retrieved from 7 News Psychology researcher Raquel Peel, from the University of Southern Queensland, believes many of those unlucky in love are “self-sabotaging”. In her research, she discovered […]


Relationship self-sabotage may be affecting your quest for love and happiness.

February 14, 2020 | 0 Comments
Relationship self-sabotage may be affecting your quest for love and happiness

By Shelley Lloyd 14th February, 2020 Retrieved from ABC News For some, Valentine’s Day is the day to smugly celebrate your couple status with overpriced flowers and saccharine sweet cards. For others, it is the day to ridicule the commercialisation of a Christian festival while lamenting spending yet another year alone with your cat. But a Queensland researcher may have […]


Dating apps only reinforce bad relationship habits.

January 23, 2020 | 2 Comments

Written by LACHLAN MCIVOR 23 January, 2020. Retrieved from THE QUEENSLAND TIMES   WHETHER you meet through friends, at a bar or on a dating app, it makes no difference to how a relationship will pan out, according to an Ipswich romance expert. Love doctor Raquel Peel said people genuinely looking for love through dating apps like Tinder won’t have […]


9 Ways We Self-Sabotage Our Relationships And How To Stop.

December 4, 2019 | 2 Comments

By Women’s Health Interactive 4 December, 2019. Retrieved from WOMEN’S HEALTH INTERACTIVE Written By: WHI Featured Writer Medically Reviewed By: Christie Hartman, PhD, Psychology   Lead researcher Raquel Peel shares exclusive insights from her study on the 9 ways we self-sabotage our romantic relationships and how we can stop this behavior. It was the Fourth of July, and I found […]


Are You Sabotaging Your Relationship?

September 19, 2019 | 2 Comments

A new study suggests nine ways people put their romantic relationships at risk. By Amy Green 19 September, 2019. Retrieved from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY   It’s no surprise that difficulties with romantic relationships are a common reason people seek therapy. Because let’s face it, relationships are tough. For some people, finding and getting into relationships is pretty easy; it’s staying in relationships or keeping relationships healthy, where challenges arise. […]

About Me

I am an internationally recognised TEDx speaker, an emerging researcher, and passionate lecturer.

I work as a Psychology and Counselling Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland.

I hold a PhD and 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 am interested in research on relationships, suicide, bullying, stigma, medical education and research methodology.

A highlight of my research includes giving a TEDx Talk on romantic self-sabotage. This talk has been well received globally and was featured in the TED series titled “How to Be a Better Human”.

I enjoy promoting scientific research to engage both academics and members of the general public, and I believe in creating awareness, promoting individual responsibility, and challenging people to act towards changing their reality. Overall, my work has received extensive media coverage including TV and radio interviews, newspaper articles and publications on The Conversation, ABC News and Psychology Today.

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.

The Raquel Peel Editorial Team

The Raquel Peel Editorial Team is composed of writers who contribute to this site’s overall message. It is our mission to help and inspire individuals to pursue and maintain healthy and loving relationships.