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Professor Lorelle Burton

Professor Lorelle Burton
Name Lorelle Burton
Position Head of School (Psychology and Counselling)
Section School of Psychology and Counselling
Office W517
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2853
Extension 2853
Qualifications BAppSc USQ , BAppSc(Hons) USQ , PhD USQ
Executive Support

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Psychology not elsewhere classified ( 170199 )
  • Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified ( 130399 )
  • Studies in Human Society ( 160000 )

Research interests
community capacity building, mental health, wellbeing (including community wellbeing), alternative educational models, social inclusion, student transition

Professional memberships
Registered Psychologist, Queensland Australia
Member, Higher Education Board, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, Brisbane, Australia
Member, Programme Board for the International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia

Industry affiliations
Independent Chair, headspace Toowoomba consortium
Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Secretary, Psychology Education Interest Group, APS
Member, Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)

Currently teaching courses/programs
PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A course
Honours, masters, and doctoral supervision
Carrick Australian Award for Teaching Excellence 2006
Carrick Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2006
The Pearson Education and the APS Psychology Early Careeer Teaching Award 2004
USQ Excellence in Teaching Award 2001

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
18 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Chair of the Community Futures Research Program, Institute for Resilient Regions, USQ
Chair of the Community for Community (C4C) Project, Faculty of Health, Engineering & Sciences, USQ
Former Association Dean (Learning & Teaching), Faculty of Sciences, USQ

Research most recent
Burton, L. J., Dowling, D., Aubrey, T., Lowe, D., Kavanagh, L., O’Moore, L., McBride, W., Wilkes, J., & Glen-cross Grant, R. (2014). Get set for success: Using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning. Final report 2013, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from OLT website:
Chester, A., Burton, L., Xenos, S., Elgar, K., & Denny, B. (2013). Transition in, transition out (TiTo): Peer mentoring for sustainable development of first and third year psychology students. Final report 2013, Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from:
Burton, L. J., Lawrence, J., Dashwood, A., Brown, A. (2013). Producing pedagogy. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Research most notable
Burton, L. J., & Postle, G. D. (2014). The Community for Community (C4C) project initiative at the University of Southern Queensland as a model of university-community engagement. In G. D. Postle, L. J. Burton, & P. A. Danaher (Eds.), Community Capacity Building: Lessons from Adult Learning in Australia. UK: NIACE.
McIlveen, P., Beccaria, G., & Burton, L. J. (2013). Beyond conscientiousness: Career optimism and satisfaction with academic major. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83, 229-236.
Postle, G. D., Burton, L. J., & Danaher, P. A. (Eds.). (2014). Community capacity building: Lessons from adult learning in Australia. UK: NIACE.

Publications in ePrints

Palmer, Jane and Burton, Lorelle J. and Walsh, Angelia (2020) Emerging spheres of engagement: the role of trust and care in community-university research. Qualitative Research, 20 (6). pp. 749-766. ISSN 1468-7941

Palmer, Jane and Burton, Lorelle J (2019) Evaluating for the past, present and future: a values-based evaluation of an Aboriginal-led project in rural and remote Australia. Futures, 109. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0016-3287

Marrington, Jessica Z. and O'Shea, Annissa and Burton, Lorelle J. (2019) The work-integrated learning program: developing employability skills in psychology undergraduates. In: Ensuring quality in professional education: human client fields pedagogy and knowledge structures. Ensuring Quality in Professional Education (Volume 1). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 241-258. ISBN 978-3-030-01095-9

Lane, Rebecca J. and Burton, Lorelle J. and Beccaria, GavinORCID: (2018) Clemente Toowoomba Programme: enabling pathways to higher education and employment for marginalised people in community. In: Social capital and enterprise in the modern state. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 277-301. ISBN 978-3-319-68114-6

Ni She, Eidin and Burton, Lorelle J. and Danaher, Patirck AlanORCID: (2018) Enabling states, capitalising enterprise and confronting the social: issues and implications in researching contemporary social capital and enterprise. In: Social capital and enterprise in the modern state. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 3-19. ISBN 978-3-319-68114-6

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