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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

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 (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

Pelling, Nadine J. and Burton, Lorelle J., eds. (2018) The elements of psychological case report writing in Australia. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Milton Park, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-8153-6717-8

Palmer, Jane and Pocock, Celmara and Burton, Lorelle (2018) Waiting, power and time in ethnographic and community-based research. Qualitative Research, 18 (4). pp. 416-432. ISSN 1468-7941

Beccaria, Gavin (2017) Depressive disorders. In: Abnormal psychology in context: the Australian and New Zealand handbook. Cambridge University Press, Australia, pp. 94-105. ISBN 978-1-107-49977-5

Rose, Lauren M. and Zask, Avigdor and Burton, Lorelle J. (2017) Psychometric properties of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) in a sample of Australian adolescents. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 22 (1). pp. 68-77. ISSN 0267-3843

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