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PhD, BPsych(Hons), BA(ArtHist)(Mus), MAPS, FHEA
Speaker | Educator | Researcher
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Raquel is an experienced public speaker with a passion for running workshops on the topics of relationships, communication, and suicide prevention and intervention.
Dr Raquel Peel is an internationally recognised TEDx speaker, an award-winning educator, and an experienced researcher.
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 Senior Lecturer, serving as the Psychology Honours Program Director, coordinating the 4th year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), and the Master of Science Research (Psychology Research) programs, and the School of Psychology & Counselling Outreach and Engagement Coordinator.
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 work has received extensive media coverage including TV and radio interviews, newspaper articles, and publications on The Conversation, TED, ABC News and Psychology Today.
Her TEDx Talk titled 'Why do We Sabotage Love?' is featured in the TED series titled “How to Be a Better Human” as the most popular article in 2019. This talk was also turned into a podcast for TEDxShorts. Another direct outcome from this talk was an interview for the new 'How to be a Better Human' podcast series.
She has experience teaching a diverse range of psychology and counselling subjects across all undergraduate year levels and her work as an educator has been recognised with prestigious awards, including the Inclusive Practice Teaching Award, granted by James Cook University (2018), and the Excellence Award for Early Career Educator, granted by the University of Southern Queensland (2020).
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 family.
List of Works
Peel, R. & Caltabiano, N. (2021). The Relationship Sabotage Scale: An evaluation of factor analyses and constructive validity. BMC Psychology, 9 (146), 1-17. doi: 10.1186/s40359-021-00644-0
Peel, R. & Caltabiano, N. (2021). Why do we sabotage love? A thematic analysis of lived experiences of relationship breakdown and maintenance. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 20 (2), 99-131. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2020.1795039
Peel, R., Caltabiano, N., Buckby, B., & McBain, K. A. (2019). Defining romantic self-sabotage: A thematic analysis of interviews with practicing psychologists. Journal of Relationship Research, 10 (e16), 1-9. doi: 10.1017/jrr.2019.7
Peel, R., Caltabiano, N., Buckby, B., & McBain, K. A. (2018). Mental health diagnoses and relationship breakdown: Which is the chicken and which the egg? International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 4 (3), 98-116.
Peel, R., McBain, K. A., Caltabiano, N., & Buckby, B. (2018). What do psychologists have to say about self-sabotage in romantic relationships? Presented at the 17th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (APS-PORIG) National Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
Peel, R., Buckby, B, McBain, K. A., & Caltabiano, N. (2018). It is not what it seems. Heart break leads to mental health difficulties in higher education. Presented at the Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference (AMHHEC). Townsville, Australia.
Peel, R., McBain, K. A., Caltabiano, N., & Buckby, B. (2017). How is self-sabotage presented in romantic relationships? Presented at the 16th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (APS-PORIG) National Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
Peel, R., McBain, K. A., Caltabiano, N., & Buckby, B. (2019, March). The romantic self-saboteur: How do people sabotage love? Presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science. Paris, France.
Peel, R. (2022, January 3rd). Thinking about a summer fling? Read this article first.
Peel, R. (2021, November 3rd). 3 ways we sabotage relationships (and 3 ways to kick the habit).
Peel, R. (2021, October 11th). What is ‘the ick’? A psychological scientist explains this TikTok trend.
Peel, R. (2021, July 21th). Netflix’s Sexy Beasts tells us you can take physical attraction out of love. The reality is much more complicated.
Peel, R. (2021, January 14th). Bridgerton offers clever relationship advice — why friendship is the foundation of happy romantic partnerships.
Peel, R. (2020, September 11th). Are you dreading going back to the workplace?
Peel, R. (2020, March 31st). The coronavirus lockdown could test your relationship. Here’s how to keep it intact (and even improve it).
National University of Singapore. Relationships & Burn-Out. (2021)
World of Science Festival. The Romantic Self-Saboteur. (2021)
James Cook University. Arts and Psychology: The relationship between creativity and psychopathology.
The Townsville Hospital and Health Services. What do psychologists and clients have to say about self-sabotage in romantic relationships? (2019)
TEDx. Why do we sabotage love? (TEDxJCUCairns, 2018).
Peel, R., Buckby, B., & McBain, K. A. (2017). Comparing the effect of stigma on the recognition of suicide risk in others between Australia and Brazil. GSTF Journal of Psychology (JPsych) (2), 1-10. doi: 10.5176/2345-7872 3.2 43
Peel, R., Buckby, B., & McBain, K. A. (2017). Is awareness of suicide risk and intent culturally informed? A comparison between Australia and Brazil. In C. Speelman (Ed.) 6th Annual International Conference on Cognitive Behavioral Psychology (101-110). Singapore: GSTF.
Peel, R. (2017, May 4th). Reasons why we should be talking about suicide.
Peel, R., Buckby, B., & McBain, K. A. (2017). Who gets Bullied at Work? The role of Emotion Stability, Psychological Flexibility and Coping in Workplace Bullying. Poster presented at the Inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference. Townsville, Australia.
Peel, R., & Bucky, B. (2018, March 5th). What makes someone more likely to be bullied at work and how companies can help them.
Medical Education Research
Peel, R., Young, L., Reeve, C., Kanakis, K., Malau-Aduli, B., Sen Gupta, T., & Hays, R. (2020). The impact of localised general practice training on Queensland’s rural and remote general practice workforce. BMC Medical Education,20 (119). doi: 10.1186/s12909-020-02025-4
Young, L., Peel, R., O’Sullivan, B., & Reeve, C. (2019). Building general practice training capacity in rural and remote Australia with underserved primary care services: A qualitative investigation. BMC Health Services Research,19 (1), 338-348. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4078-1
Peel, R., Reeve, C., & Young, L. (2018). Community engaged GP training. Does it make a difference? Presented at the Rural Medicine Australia Conference. Darwin, Australia.
Young, L., Peel, R., Reeve, C., Malau-Aduli, B., O’Sullivan, B., & Hays, R. (2018). Insight into Rural and Remote GP Training and Supervision in Queensland. Presented at the Global Community Engaged Medical Education Muster Conference. Mount Gambier, Australia.