A lifelong apprentice to nature and psyche, Hilary Leighton is Associate Professor, Psychotherapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice. Drawing upon the wisdom of ecopsychology, depth psychology, general systems theory, and embodied, nature-and arts-based practices, her scholarly research and teaching seek ways to: extend the notion of the individual psyche to a world ensouled; inspire a whole-human, ecologically intelligent epistemology; and cultivate reconnection with a sentient Earth. She examines and reflects the ethical dilemma, suffering and loss of our relationships with wildness and contemplates learning as an initiatory journey toward maturation, regeneration and a more soulful way of belonging. Founding Director of Continuing Studies at RRU, Leighton curated leading-edge courses, certificates and public events for over a decade. As Director of Individualized Study in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, she assisted graduate students in creating meaningful personalized pathways of study. Now, as faculty in the School of Environment and Sustainability, and program head for the MA in Environmental Education and Communication, she teaches ecopsychology, supervises graduate students, and presents nature-responsive research at environmental conferences. Credentials: Master of Education: Curriculum & Instruction from Simon Fraser University (2004), Interdisciplinary PhD from University of Victoria (2014), University of Victoria Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Award (2011-2014), Integrative Body Psychotherapy Practitioner Certification from the IBP Institute, Venice, CA (2012), Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC (since 2014), Myers Briggs Type Indicator Qualifying Certification from Psychometrics Canada (2005), ACEC Counselling Certificate, from The Open Learning Agency (1999).

Recent Submissions

  • Communicating environmental research: Harnessing the power of curation 

    Dale, Ann; Clifton-Ross, Jaime; Jost, François; Hodson, Jaigris; Leighton, Hilary; Bernard, Mary (Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 2021)
    Never before has public communication of critical research, science, and knowledge on climate change and biodiversity loss been more important. The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report, ...