Dr Rebecca Feo

Senior Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

Dr Feo is a Senior Research Fellow of the Flinders University College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Adelaide in 2012. She has worked previously as an Evaluation Officer at Relationships Australia South Australia (2012-2015) and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (2015-2018).

Since beginning work in academia in 2015, Rebecca has achieved national and international recognition for her research on the role of caregiving relationships in ensuring high-quality care delivery. Specifically, Rebecca leads original research on how healthcare, in peer, professional, and family settings, is achieved through care provider-recipient relationships. Her research expertise impacts 2 key areas: 1) fundamental care (the care required by everyone regardless of clinical condition or care setting), and 2) men's help-seeking.

From 2015-2021, Rebecca was the Executive Officer of the International Learning Collaborative (ILC), a member-based organisation dedicated to elevating the standard of fundamental care globally. Her work continues to involve 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: Fundamental care (2)
Associate supervisor: Nursing care, Men's health and help-seeking
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dewi Retno Pamungkas

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - OCT 2020

Phoebe Drioli-Phillips

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - NOV 2020

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