Andrea Breen (Assistant Professor)
- Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
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Degree & Discipline:
Developmental Psychology and Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
adolescence and early adulthood, narrative, identity development, risk & resilience, intersections of culture and self-identity,child development, parenting, technology
Andrea Breen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition. She is also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Adolescent Research. Dr. Breen's research focuses on (1) the development of identity through story-telling and implications for well-being, resilience and social change; and (2) the use of technology to promote healthy children and families. Dr. Breen's research is informed by her applied experiences, highlights include leading content development and knowledge translation for the parenting app kidü (www.kidü.com) and several years working at a Children's Mental Health Centre, where she led the development of violence prevention programs in high-needs schools and communities. Dr. Breen completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE/UT. She also holds a Masters degree in Risk and Prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Education from McGill University. Current research projects focus on storysharing, literacies, and family health in Nunavut, storysharing practices and resilience in newcomer families, and music and resilience in Afro-Caribeean immigrant youth. Dr. Breen is also a Co-Investigator on the project nIshnabek de'bwe wIn // telling our truths: Aboriginal people and allies in urban schools using technology, telling stories and making change with Dr. Susan Dion (York University).
Significant Research Contributions:
McLean, K.C., Breen, A.V., & Fournier, M.A. (2010). Constructing the self in early, middle, and late adolescent boys: Narrative identity, individuation, and well-being. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 166-187.
Breen, A.V. & McLean, K. C. (2010). Constructing resilience: Adolescent motherhood and the potential for self-transformation. In K. C. McLean & M. Pasupathi (Eds.), Narrative development in adolescence: Creating the storied self. New York: Springer.
McLean, K.C. & Breen, A.V. (2009). Processes and content of narrative identity development in adolescence: Gender and well-being. Developmental Psychology, 45, 702-710.
Breen, A. V., Lewis, S. P., & Sutherland, O. (2013). Non-suicidal Self-injury in the Context of Self and Identity Development. Journal of Adult Development, 19, 57 - 62.
McLean, K.C., Wood, B., & Breen, A. V. (2013). Reflecting on a difficult life: Narrative construction in vulnerable adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 28, 431-452.
McLean, K.C. & Breen, A.V. (2015). Selves in a world of stories in Emerging Adulthood. In J. Arnett (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood.
Breen, A. V. (2014). Changing behavior and changing personal identity: The case of pregnant and parenting young women and antisocial behavior. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14, 60-79.
Breen, A. V. & McLean, K. C. (in press). The intersection of personal and master narratives: Is redemption for everyone? In B. Schiff, S. Patron, & E. McKim (Eds.), Life and Narrative. Oxford University Press.