Education

Leanne Sigvartsen holds bachelor, post graduate and masters qualifications in Psychology and Counseling and is currently deferred from a PhD in Religion with a focus on Gender Studies.    


Work History

Leanne M. Sigvartsen is currently the Project Manager for the Beyond Beliefs study which is a global qualitative and quantitative research project investigating Millennial young adults in a religious population.  It endeavors to identify what this demographic really thinks of the official beliefs of their denomination and their attitudes towards 90 religious, sociocultural, and behavioral issues.  See www.beyond-beliefs.com for more information. 

Her previous research investigated employee relations issues such as sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace, executive stress, and vocational training assessment (competency based learning).  She has also managed research projects investigating sexism in counseling and helping professionals, and sexism toward both men and women in religious populations, particularly with relation to emerging female clergy.  She also undertook a major research project investigating real estate investment opportunities for foreign investors in the USA residential and commercial market.

She also operated her own boutique consulting practice for many years where she specialized in working with youth and young adults who had experienced negative workplace experiences.  Prior to this she worked in the Human Resources industry as a HR Officer, Executive Recruiter, and Employment Consultant specializing in youth and young adult employment.


Research and Assessment

Leanne possesses professional experience in developing and reviewing accredited vocational training courses which met competency based learning requirements and assessment protocols for registered training organizations in Australia.  

Leanne currently is a researcher and project manager for the Beyond Belief study.  This study is funded by the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is being undertaken in conjunction with the Religion and Biblical Languages Department of Andrews University.  It aims to identify the attitudes young adults who identify as Seventh-day Adventists hold towards the 28 Fundamentals of Adventist Faith.  For more information about this study, see www.beyond-beliefs.com.

She has designed and project managed a number of research projects including the Sex and Sensibility study which quantitatively and qualitatively investigated sexism and socio-cultural attitudes in a sample of 600+ Seventh-day Adventists.  

Her Master of Counseling (Research) thesis quantitatively investigated sexism levels of helping professionals in South-East Queensland to determine their potential efficacy in rehabilitating youth who had been sexually harassed in the workplace.  

Her Psychology Post Graduate thesis quantitatively investigated sexual harassment and bullying of youth aged persons and the part helping professionals can play in their rehabilitation.