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Dr Lauren Breen

Lauren is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts and Humanities.


  • Graduate Certificate of Education, Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (Class 2A) in Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 2000.


Recent Research Grants

  • Settling into Foster Care: Implications for Long-Term Outcomes,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008 - 2012,  $116,292.
  • Contract to Investigate Mechanisms and Costs Associated with Establishing a Sustainable Road Trauma Support Service in Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010,  $35,000.
  • Supporting People Through Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: Are Our Health Professionals Being Taught Evidence-Based Practice?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $23,483.
  • Grief and Loss Counselling for People Affected by Cancer in Western Australia: Towards Best Practice,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $21,665.
  • Investigating the Practice of Grief Support and Intervention Providers in Western Australia: Towards Evidence-based Practice,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $9,292.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Fernandez, ME., Breen, L., Simpson, T., (2014), Renegotiating Identities: Experiences of Loss and Recovery for Women With Bipolar Disorder. Qualitative Health Research, 24(7), 890-900, SAGE Publications Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1049732314538550.
  • O'Connor, M., Breen, L., (2014), General Practitioners' experiences of bereavement care and their educational support needs: a qualitative study. BMC Medical Education, 14(1), article no. 59, BioMed Central Ltd, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-59.
  • Breen, L., O'Connor, M., Hewitt, LY., Lobb, EA., (2014), The "specter" of cancer: Exploring secondary trauma for health professionals providing cancer support and counseling. Psychological Services, 11(1), 60-67, American Psychological Association, DOI: 10.1037/a0034451.
  • Taylor, C., Breen, L., (2014), Exploring pet loss for survivors of child sexual abuse: A hitherto unchartered terrain of trauma impact and recovery. Child Abuse Review, 23(5), 353-360, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/car.2279.
  • Breen, L., O'Connor, M., (2013), Rural health professionals' perspectives on providing grief and loss support in cancer care. European Journal of Cancer Care, 22(6), 765-772, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12091.
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