Dr Nicole Peel

Nicole PeelPosition

Lecturer & Undergraduate Director of Academic Program, School of Health Sciences


Nicole Peel is a Lecturer in Recreation Therapy in the School of Health Sciences 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 30 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’s research focuses on the principles of trauma informed care and therapy with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups to assist with progressing their lives within complex and complicated support systems. She focuses on co-design principle for sustained changes in communities. Her expertise is in communicating research into practical applied processes that makes a meaningful difference.

Research Interests

  • Leisure and health
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Foster Care
  • Marginalised individuals
  • Governance
  • People with a disability
  • Criminal Justice


  • 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