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Associate Professor Lauren Breen

Associate Professor Lauren Breen Associate Professor Lauren Breen

BSc(Hons), GradCertEd, PhD, MAPS, MCCOMP, FT

Position Associate Professor
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
School School of Psychology and Speech Pathology
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 401.203
Phone 08 9266 7943
Fax 08 9266 2464
Email Lauren.Breen@curtin.edu.au
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0002-0463-0363
Google Scholar scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=pPEcVCQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Brief Summary

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. My PhD thesis on bereavement won the 2007 Australian Psychological Society’s Psychology of Relationships Interest Group Thesis Award. I was successful in the inaugural round of the prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Awards and have been a chief investigator on over $1.1million of external research funding from competitive sources such as the Australian Research Council, MND Research Institute, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, Cancer Australia, Department of Health (WA), Australian Rotary Health, Department of Local Government and Communities, and the Cancer Council WA. I am a Registered Psychologist, a member of The Australian Psychological Society and the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and a Director for the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement. In collaboration with Road Trauma Support WA and Sirens of Silence, I run workshops for emergency services personnel on grief, trauma, and self-care. I am an Associate Editor of Death Studies and a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Memberships

2002 – Present, Member, Australian Psychological Society

2008 – 2016, Executive Member, Australian Psychological Society’s College of Community Psychologists

2002 – Present, Member, Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association)

2002 – Present, Member, International Society of Critical Health Psychology

2011 – Present, Executive Member, International Society of Critical Health Psychology

2014 – Present, Member of the Board, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

2008 – Present, Member, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

2011 – Present, Member, Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group

2014 – Present, Member, Palliative Care Research Network Victoria

2012 – Present, Registered Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Registration Number – PSY0001774824)

2012 – Present, Endorsed Community Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

2009 – Present, Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network

2015 – Present, Member, Association for Death Education and Counseling

Awards

2012-2014, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award ($375,000), Australian Research Council

2013, Australian Psychological Society Robin Winkler Award for Applied Community Psychology Research ($250)

2013, New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award ($10,000), Department of Health (Western Australia)

2012, Injury Control Council of Western Australia Research Award

2012, Faculty of Health Sciences Early Career Research Award ($5000), Curtin University

2007, Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group Thesis Award ($200)

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Employment History

Nov 1999 – Nov 2002 Research Assistant/Program Manager, School of Psychology, Edith Cowan University

Feb 2000 – Nov 2002 Tutor, School of Psychology, Edith Cowan University

Aug 2001 – Jan 2004 Lecturer Level A (0.5FTE), School of Psychology, Edith Cowan University

Oct 2006 – June 2007 Unit Developer/Coordinator/Lecturer, School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University       

2007 Research Associate (0.5FTE), Centre for Social Research, Edith Cowan University

2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Social Justice Research Centre, Edith Cowan University

June – Nov 2008 Unit Coordinator/Lecturer, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University

Oct 2009 – April 2010 Unit Coordinator, School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University

2011 Lecturer, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University

2012 – present, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University

2016 – present, Associate Professor, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University

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Teaching

2011 - Advanced Psychological Science; Science and Professional Practice in Psychology

2011-2016 - various guest lectures in the third and fourth year undergraduate psychology courses

2015-2016 - Contemporary Professional Development

 

Current Research Supervision

Emma Logan, PhD (Counselling Psychology), The conceptualisation of ‘normal’ grief: Using mixed methods to reconcile community expectations with actual experiences of grief

Jenine Wenn, PhD (Clinical Psychology), Efficacy of metacognitive therapy for Prolonged Grief Disorder: A randomised controlled trial

Mozhdeh Tahghighi, PhD (Psychology), Resilience in nurses working shift work in Australia

Alice Farcas, PhD (Psychology), Culturally adapted cognitive behavioural therapy for depression in Chinese migrants

Ida Best, PhD (Psychology), The Expectations of Motherhood Scale: The relationship between antepartum expectations and symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety

Gillian Cox, MPhil, Using stakeholder perspectives to shape good practice in training for disability support workers about mealtime management and community participation

 

Completed Research Supervision

2016, Margaret Sealey, PhD (Psychology), Developing a bereavement risk assessment model for palliative care in Western Australia: An action research study

2016, Maxine Symes, PhD (Clinical Psychology), Domestic violence: The experience of women who choose to stay

2016, James McCloy, PhD (Psychology), Towards a cross-cultural psychotherapeutic framework for Psychologists working with Western Australian Aboriginal people

2016, Cameron Croucamp, MPsych(Counselling), Community attitudes towards bereavement counselling: A tripartite theoretical perspective

2016, Kim Christian, BPsych(Hons), Religious and spiritual beliefs in the development of prolonged grief disorder

2016, Ishta White, BPsych(Hons), Sources and types of social support as predictors of prolonged grief symptomatology: A population-based study

2015, Michelle Karandgoda, BPsych(Hons), Does meaning-making differ according to bereavement risk?: Findings from a community-based survey

2014, Brenda Bentley, PhD (Psychology), Dignity therapy: A psychotherapeutic intervention to enhance end-of-life for people with Motor Neurone Disease and their family carers

2013, Jessie Carter, BPsych(Hons), Fostering openness in interactions with clients with chronic pain: Allied health perspectives

2013, Megan Conlan, MPsych (Counselling), Disability support workers and their experiences of stress and burnout in the workplace

2012, Emma Penman, BPsych(Honours), The right to grieve: Public perceptions of grief following bereavement. Winner: APS Prize

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Research Interests

My research interests centre on applied social research in the domains of community psychology and health psychology. I am well-versed in several research paradigms using qualitative and quantitative data. Research areas include:

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Publications

2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2005

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2003

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Additional publication categories

2017

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Breen, L., M. O Connor, S. Calder, V. Tai, J. Cartwright, and J. M. Beilby. 2017.“The health professionals’ perspectives of support needs of adult head and neck cancer survivors and their families: a Delphi study.”Supportive Care in Cancer. In press.

2016

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2015

Book Chapters - Other

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2014

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2012

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2009

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2007

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Other Information

Forthcoming publications

Breen, L. J. Hall, C. W., & Bryant, R. A. (in press). A clinician’s quick guide of evidence-based approaches: Prolonged grief disorder. Clinical Psychologist. [invited]

Croucamp, C. J., Breen, L. J., O’Connor, M., & Pedersen, A. (in press). Predicting community attitudes towards asylum seekers: A multicomponent model. Australian Journal of Psychology.

Judd, M. J., Dorozenko, K. P., & Breen, L. J. (in press). Stress and burnout among disability support workers: A qualitative study. Health and Social Care in the Community.

McSpedden, M., Mullan, B., Sharpe, L., Breen, L. J., & Lobb, E. A. (in press). The presence and predictors of complicated grief symptoms in perinatally-bereaved mothers from a bereavement support organization. Death Studies.

Aoun, S. M., Breen, L. J., Oliver, D., Henderson, R., O’Connor, Edis, R., M., Howting, D., Harris, R., & Birks, C. (in press). Family carers' experiences of receiving the news of a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease: A national survey. Journal of Neurological Sciences.

 

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