Dr Nicole Peel

Nicole PeelPosition

Lecturer & Undergraduate Academic Course Advisor, School of Health Sciences


Nicole Peel, is a Lecturer in Therapeutic Recreation in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University. Nicole holds a doctorate in philosophy from Western Sydney University and has completed a B. Leisure Studies M. Health Science and a M. Business Administration. Nicole is an established practitioner with over 25 years of experience in working with people with an intellectual disability, people with a physical disability, people who are ageing, adolescents or marginalised individuals. Nicole is passionate about research, teaching and interventions aimed at improving the health and well-being of all, including those with a disability. Nicole honours a collaborative approach working with the individual first and foremost.

Nicole has been involved in projects funded to work in partnership with other Universities, Government and Non-Government Organisations. She has an enthusiasm for developing and implementing service models that effectively engage and provide support for marginalised individuals and their families. Nicole's PhD thesis utilised case studies and explanation building to understand leisure and its opportunities for young people in Out-of-Home care for independent living.

Nicole is actively engaged in the community with non-government organisations and professionals across NSW Area Health, disability services, children services and aged care providers. Nicole holds the following positions:

  1. Chair of Western Sydney University Children in Out-of-Home care Steering Committee
  2. Member, World Leisure Association Access and Inclusion Committee
  3. Australian representative on the International Therapeutic Recreation Coalition
  4. Board Member, Myrtle Cottage (not for profit service provider to the elderly and marginalised)
  5. Board Member, Diversional Recreational Therapy Association

Research Interests

  • Leisure and health
  • Innovation
  • Access and inclusion
  • Marginalised individuals
  • Organisational systems
  • Student learning


  • Diversional Recreation Therapy Association (2016)
  • World Leisure Organisation (2015)
  • Australian Bush Therapy Association (2019)
  • The Australian Sociolological Association (2019)

Qualifications and Recognition

  • C4TA Competency Training Institute of Australia
  • GradCertResSt University of Western Sydney
  • MBA University of Western Sydney
  • Master of Health Science University of Sydney
  • Blest University of New South Wales
  • WSU Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability 2017-12-12

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3232
LocationCampbelltown Campus