Dr Leigh Burrows

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.57)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Leigh has a strong background in teaching, professional development, consultancies and research.

During her professional career she has worked in a feminist collective 'Women's Liberation Halfway House' domestic violence service, been part of a group that established a Steiner/Waldorf school in South Australia, been a Steiner/Waldorf class teacher, a high school special needs and English teacher and students at risk coordinator and she was an advisor for the SA Education department for many years, in the area of learning difficulties and wellbeing.

She came to Flinders University full time in 2010 during which time she has created and developed a number of topics and courses and conducted research and worked with teachers and student across Australia and in the US.

Her focus in both the undergraduate and post graduate space has been on mindfulness, wellbeing, trauma sensitive teaching, relational learning and teaching and qualitative research methodologies

Her two most recent publications are commissioned books for Routledge:

Empowering mindfulness for women


Safeguarding mindfulness in schools and higher education an holistic and inclusive approach.


Please find a list of research publications at the link on the right hand at


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Mindfulness Dreaming

  • Bachelor of Arts (Monash University)
  • Diploma of Education (Flinders University)
  • Masters of Special Education (Flinders University)
  • Diploma of Solution Focused Psychotherapy (Centre for Effective Therapy)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of South Australia)

Leigh is registered as a teacher in South Australia

Honours, awards and grants
  • Fellow of the Torrens Resiliency Institute, Adelaide
  • Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for Pioneering mindfulness in pre, in service and post graduate teacher education in 2016
  • Faculty Teaching Award recipient (2012) for Teaching Excellence in: Developing a Relational Pedagogy for Pre and In Service Teacher Education
  • Faculty Research Grant 2012, for research into Steiner/Waldorf education
  • Faculty Research Grant 2015 for research into mindfulness in the US
  • Faculty Research Grant 2016 for research into mindfulness in the US
Key responsibilities
  • course coordiinator and coordinator of topics at undergraduate and post graduate levels
  • teaching at undergraduate and post graduate levels on mindfulness, trauma sensitive pedagogies, counselling, relationships and wellbeing
  • post graduate supervision in mindfulness, inclusion, wellbeing, relationships, parent partnerships, professional learning
  • research into mindfulness and gender
  • professional learning for teachers
Teaching interests

Leigh coordinates the Master of Education Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing and the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Vulnerable Children and Young People.

She has developed topics such as Mindfulness and the Innner World of Teaching and Learning, Creating Calmer Classrooms a trauma sensitive approach and Relationships for Learning.

Her courses and topics are based in her qualitative research into wellbeing, trauma, autism mindfulness, teacher student and parent relationships, Waldorf/Steiner education and autism.

Her teaching interests include wellbeing, spirituality, mindfulness, trauma and holistic education. She enjoys teaching in intensive formats and aims to bring a holistic approach that includes head, heart and body.

Topic coordinator
EDUC9709 Mindfulness and the Inner World of Teaching
EDUC4845 Creating Calmer Classrooms for vulnerable students with trauma-related conditions
EDUC9702 Wellbeing and positive mental health
EDUC9845 Creating calmer classrooms a trauma sensitive approach
Topic lecturer
EDUC4845 Creating Calmer Classrooms
EDUC9709 Mindfulness and the Inner World of Teaching
EDUC9845 Creating Calmer Classrooms
Supervisory interests
Qualitative and participatory methodologies
Student wellbeing
Teacher wellbeing
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Creativity in teacher professional learning (1)
Principal supervisor: Mindfulness in Classrooms (1), Mindfulness and Teacher Wellbeing (1), Empowerment of parents in Nepal (-1)
Associate supervisor: Students at risk (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
GayleneDenford- Wood

Vice Chancellors Award for Thesis Excellence - MAR 2019

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  • Counselling
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  • Spirituality
  • Women
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  • wellbeing
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