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Rachel's work examines the intersections between psychology and animal lives, gender and feminism, the environment, and Indigenous perspectives, drawing on critical, sport, social, industrial-organisational, and clinical psychology perspectives, respectively. Her work seeks to challenge disciplinary boundaries and consider how language and social frameworks are implicated in academic discourse and in the power dynamics underpinning psychology as a discipline. Rachel’s work is informed by her experience living in regional Australia and her engagement with literary and performing arts, as well as community and social issues germane to regional contexts.  

Research Interests

Rachel's research addresses human-animal interaction, and animal-assisted therapy, as well as topics pertaining to gender, feminism, and gendered experiences of psychology, alongside her work on consent, coercive control, and domestic violence. She conducts research on sustainability and climate change in farming contexts, Indigenous experiences of mental health services, social media and phone-related behaviours such as phubbing, and has a research profile in the field of neurodiversity, specifically autism and ADHD. Her research is often situated in occupational contexts, with past and current projects focusing on veterinarians, paramedics, and psychologists, among other occupational contexts. Rachel conducts both qualitative and quantitative research and has significant experience with a range of research methodologies and methods, including advanced quantitative research methods and statistics.

Professional Information

Rachel is a member of the University of Queensland Animal-Assisted Interventions Alliance, and an appointed board member of the ATL Animal-Assisted Therapy Committee. She works and consults with a number of professional organisations and local government bodies, including the Grains Research Development Corporation, in her work on animal assisted therapy, sustainability in farming, and domestic violence.


Rachel has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, having taught a broad range of subjects across a range of subject levels. These subjects include methods of psychological inquiry, research methods and statistics in psychology, advanced research methods and statistics in psychology, psychological testing, the psychology of learning, foundations of psychology for health and human services, cognition, industrial-organisational psychology, ethics in research, critical thinking and reasoning, and stress, trauma, and coping. Rachel has also given a number of guest lectures on topics pertaining to developmental and social psychology, and has coordinated the School of Psychology Honours Program at Charles Sturt University. She has significant pedagogical expertise in subject development as well as delivery, having developed several new university subjects, including PSY115 An Introduction to Research, Ethics, and Reasoning.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, CARE REDI Certified: Bronze Level, Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (C.A.R.E)

Award Date: 03 Jul 2023

Indigenous Higher Degree Research Supervision, UTS Microcredential, Supervising Indigenous Higher Degree Research, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 28 Nov 2022

Education, Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2016

Social and Sport Psychology, PhD, Equestrian partnerships: A qualitative investigation of the relationship between horse and rider in elite equestrian sports., Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 30 Oct 2015

Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Psychology) (First Class), The relationship between trait anxiety, trait competitive anxiety, riding experience, accident/injury status, and state competitive anxiety for equestrian athletes., Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 01 Nov 2008

Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 01 Dec 2007

External positions

Animal Assisted Therapies Committee Member, Animal Therapies Ltd

18 May 2023 → …

UQ Animal-Assisted Interventions Alliance Member, University of Queensland

2017 → …

AMEB Speech and Drama Teacher, Australian Music Examinations Board


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