The University of Queensland, Universitas Pelita Harapan
Karel has a Ph.D in Social-Clinical Psychology from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the interpersonal relationship, particularly on how marriage and marital status affect an individual's well-being with respect to cross-cultural perspective. He approaches the phenomenon using psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives by outlining the perceived stigma and psychological dynamics of individuals who never married in relation to feminism, gender role, sexuality, quality of life, and religious beliefs and practices. Karel received award from the Indonesian Endowment Funds for Education for his doctorate study.
Karel is a faculty member in the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia, and a tutor for Masters of Mental Health Program at the University of Queensland. He also serves as an Editor in Chief of Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat (Indonesian Journal of Indigenous Psychology), a nationally accredited, peer-reviewed journal. Besides his career as a scholar, Karel has a professional practice as a licensed clinical psychologist specialising in relationship issues.