Dr Leigh Burrows

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Research Biography

Leigh has a background in teaching, counselling, consultancy and research in primary, secondary, special and higher education.

She has worked with teachers and leaders in variety of research and professional learning contexts, including mainstream and Steiner/Waldorf schools across Australia and in New York, a community college in New Hampshire and a university in Macau, China.

In her teaching, research, professional learning provision, consultancy and counselling she has in recent years been particularly interested in 'safeguarding', 'empowering' and 'healing' mindfulness so its potential benefits can be tailored to individual needs and situations.

Leigh coordinates the graduate certificate and Masters in Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health and the graduate certificate in counselling vulnerable chldren and young people. She also coordinates and teaches in a range of undergraduate and post graduate topics in wellbeing, mindfulness and therapeutic and  trauma sensitive teaching and learning.


Research Interests

  • mindfulness in school and higher education
  • teacher professional learning
  • wellbeing
  • holistic, creative and expressive pedagogies  
  • trauma
  • counselling
  • spirituality and education

Education/Academic qualification

Diploma, Centre for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy

Award Date: 27 Aug 2022

PhD, University of South Australia

Award Date: 3 Apr 2011

Diploma, Psychotherapy, Centre for Effective Therapy

Award Date: 20 Oct 2010

Master, Flinders University

Award Date: 3 Apr 2005

Diploma, Diploma of Education, Flinders University

Award Date: 10 Mar 1995

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Monash University

Award Date: 20 Apr 1982

External positions

Project Officer Wellbeing and ARC Research, South Australian Department for Education


Project Officer Learning Difficulties, South Australian Department for Education


Secondary English and Special Education Teacher, South Australian Department for Education


year 5/6 teacher, Willunga Waldorf School



  • L Education (General)
  • Mindfulness
  • wellbeing
  • trauma sensitive practice
  • relational teaching and learning


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