Dr Leigh Burrows

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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

Dr Leigh Burrows is Director of the Flinders University Mindfulness Special Interest Group. In her teaching, research, professional learning provision, consultancy and counselling she is particularly interested in 'safeguarding' mindfulness so its potential benefits are available to all students in schools and university including the most vulnerable. She has published in the area of mindfulness, professional learning, spiritual and emotional wellbeing, inclusion, trauma and holistic approaches to working with vulnerable young people with learning and emotional difficulties and their parents. Her research draws on phenomenological, heuristic, case study, organic and narrative methodologies.


  • 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
  • Leigh is a Fellow of the Torrens Resiliency Institute, Adelaide
  • Leigh received a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for Pioneering mindfulness in pre, in service and post graduate teacher education in 2016
  • Leigh was a Faculty Teaching Award recipient (2012) for Teaching Excellence in: Developing a Relational Pedagogy for Pre and In Service Teacher Education
  • Leigh has been the recipient of a Faculty Research grant for her research into mindfulness nationally and internationally in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
Key responsibilities
  • coordinator of topics at undergraduate and post graduate levels
  • teaching at undergraduate and post graduate levels on mindfulness, trauma, relationships and wellbeing
  • post graduate supervision in mindfulness, wellbeing, relationships, professional learning
  • Academic Integrity Coordinator for the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
  • RHD Contact Officer
  • research into mindfulness in school and higher education
  • consultancy on complex cases involving disability and mental health difficulties in vulnerable young people
  • professional learning for teachers
  • director of Mindfulness Special Interest group Mindfulness Special Interest Group
Research expertise
Education systems
Educational change
Higher education studies
Mental health promotion in educational settings
Specialist studies in education
Research interests
  • mindfulness in school and higher education
  • teacher professional learning
  • wellbeing
  • holistic, creative and expressive pedagogies 
  • trauma
  • counselling
  • spirituality and education
Teaching interests

Leigh's teaching interests include wellbeing, spirituality, mindfulness, autism, trauma, holistic and alternative education and school relationships. She enjoys teaching in intensive formats and aims to bring a holistic approach that includes head, heart and body in her teaching.

Topic coordinator
EDUC9220 Relationships for Learning and Teaching
EDUC9709 Mindfulness and the Inner World of Teaching
EDUC4845 Creating Calmer Classrooms for vulnerable students with trauma-related conditions
Topic lecturer
EDUC4845 Creating Calmer Classrooms
EDUC9709 Mindfulness and the Inner World of Teaching
EDUC9220 Relationships for Teaching and Learning
Supervisory interests
Qualitative and participatory methodologies
Student wellbeing
Teacher wellbeing
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Empowerment of parents of children with disabilities in a developing country (1), Creativity in teacher professional learning (1)
Principal supervisor: Mindfulness & Teacher Wellbeing (1), Mindfulness in Classrooms (1)
Associate supervisor: Students at risk (1)
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