Dr Rebecca Feo

Senior Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N209)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Adelaide in 2012. I have worked previously as a Research and Evaluation Officer at Relationships Australia South Australia (2012-2015) and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (2015-2018).

As a health services researcher I am interested in the ways in which people use and engage with health and social care services. My primary program of research focuses on fundamental nursing care. I lead international research projects designed to generate robust evidence for why the global deficits in fundamental care are occurring and how they can be overcome. I also have expertise in men's help-seeking, particularly from a constructionist perspective.

More broadly my research interests include examining the provision of health care and advice as it occurs in situ and understanding the perspectives and experiences of recipients and providers of care. I have examined the provision of health care and advice in a range of contexts, including relationship-counselling helplines, health helplines, acute hospital care, and community services. My research skills include qualitative approaches, specifically Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis and Thematic Analysis; and scoping reviews.

I am the Executive Officer of the International Learning Collaborative (ILC), a member-based organisation dedicated to elevating the standard of fundamental care globally. Much of my work involves collaborations with ILC members from around the globe.


BPsych(Hons), PhD

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2020: Nurses' Memorial Foundation of SA Research Grant (Associate Investigator)
  • 2020: Caring Futures Institute Collaboration Grant (Associate Investigator) - Flinders University
  • 2019: College of Nursing and Health Sciences Mid Career Researcher - Flinders University
  • 2019: Caring Futures Institute Accelerator Grant - Flinders University
  • 2019: ACN Research Grant (Associate Investigator) - Australian College of Nursing
  • 2018: The Hospital Research Foundation Seed Funding (Chief Investigator)
  • 2018: College of Nursing and Health Sciences Establishment Grant (Chief Investigator) - Flinders University
  • 2015: Faculty of Health Sciences Research Travel Award for Early Career Researcher - University of Adelaide
  • 2012: Dean's Commendation for Thesis Excellence - University of Adelaide
  • 2010: Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship - University of Adelaide
  • 2007: University Medal - University of Adelaide
  • 2007: Australian Psychological Society Prize in Psychology
Supervisory interests
Acute medical-surgical nursing
Conversation analysis
Health psychology
Men's health and masculinity
Nurse education
Patient experience
Patient preferences
Patient/consumer, safety and quality
Social psychology
Social research methods, interviewing, survey research, data analysis
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Supporting the transition from student to newly graduated nurse using the conceptual Fundamentals of Care Framework (1), Men’s interactions on an online discussion forum for emotional distress (1), Awareness and knowledge of posttraumatic emotional responses related to disaster among the adult community and nurses in Indonesia (1), Determining nursing sensitive patient safety outcomes among patients admitted in medical and surgical acute care settings in Ethiopia (1), The perceptions of health care professionals from multidisciplinary teams on the management of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus including the use of bariatric surgery (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Nicole Grivell

Flinders University Student Association Development Grant - JAN 2019

Nicole Grivell

Best Poster presentation, Sleep disorders and primary care, Sleep DownUnder - OCT 2019

Nicole Grivell

Flinders University Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation - APR 2020

  • Care provider-recipient relationships
  • Fundamental care
  • Men's help-seeking