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Research Expertise

  • Caregiving relationships
  • Nurse-patient relationships
  • Fundamental care
  • Men's health and help-seeking

Dr  Feo is interested in optimising care delivery through enhanced relational care. She has examined the provision of healthcare in a range of contexts, including relationship-counselling helplines, health helplines, acute care, and community services. 

Research Biography

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, Dr Feo has achieved national and international recognition for her research on the role of caregiving relationships in ensuring high-quality care delivery. Dr Feo leads original research on how healthcare, in peer, professional, and family settings, is achieved through care provider-recipient relationships. Her research expertise is specifically around the relational aspects of fundamental care (the care required by everyone regardless of clinical condition or care setting).

From 2015-2021, Dr Feo was the Executive Officer of the International Learning Collaborative (ILC), a member-based organisation dedicated to elevating the standard of fundamental care globally. She is now a member of the ILC's Strategy and Policy Forum. Her work continues to involve collaborations with ILC members from around the globe.

Research Expertise

Fundamental care. Dr Feo designed and now leads a program of work on how fundamental care delivery can be enhanced through care provider-patient relationships. This work focuses on how to conceptualise and measure the complexity of these relationships and to identify and test evidence-based best practice strategies for developing and maintaining relationships across a variety of care contexts.

Methodological expertise: Dr Feo has extensive experience and expertise in qualitative research research design and review methodology. Specific expertise includes:

  • Interviews and focus groups
  • Story completion
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Reflexive Thematic Analysis
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Scoping Reviews
  • Delphi approaches 


Supervised Students Successes

  • Nov 2020 Phoebe Drioli-Phillips - Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Oct 2020 Dewi Retno Pamungkas - Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • Men's experiences of depression and anxiety (1)
  • Multi-disciplinary care for people with T2DM (1)
  • Nursing care in the management of disasters (1)
  • Nursing care models in Ethiopia (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012

Bachelor (Honours), University of Adelaide

Award Date: 31 Dec 2007

External positions

Member of Strategy and Policy Forum, International Learning Collaborative

May 2023 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide


Executive Officer, International Learning Collaborative

Mar 2015Jul 2021


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Research Areas

  • Fundamental care
  • Health sciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Fundamental care
  • Acute medical-surgical nursing
  • Social research methods, interviewing, survey research, data analysis
  • Health psychology
  • Men's health and masculinity
  • Gender
  • Social psychology
  • Patient experience
  • Patient/consumer, safety and quality
  • Patient preferences
  • Nurse education
  • Conversation analysis
  • Nursing research, qualitative


  • RT Nursing
  • BF Psychology



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