Rebecca Hudson Breen, PhD, MA, BA, BEd

AssistProf, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


AssistProf, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-1154
5-129 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



PhD, MA, University of Victoria

BA, BEd, York University

Theoretical Orientation

My theoretical orientation in Counselling Psychology is integrative, drawing from constructivist and humanistic traditions. In working with clients, I focus on interpersonal process, and strive to foster a collaborative relationship that honours each individual's life context, strengths, and experiences. I also draw on interventions from Emotionally Focused, Cognitive-behavioural and Mindfulness-based approaches. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.


As a researcher, I am most interested in questions of career-life, the intersections of multiple life roles (including both paid and unpaid work), and relational contexts of career. More specifically, I am interested in the experience of mothering work as an aspect of career-life, and past research has focused on the experiences, choices and strategies of mother entrepreneurs. Drawing on my experiences as an addictions clinician, I am also interested in the intersections of career-life and addictions recovery.

I currently have two active research projects under the umbrella of career and mental health. The first is a participatory research project with teachers, exploring the integration of hope and strengths focused programming to support school mental health, funded by Alberta Education. The second is a mixed methods study funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute designed to shed light on intersections of gambling and work-life.


Hudson Breen, R. & Lawrence, B. (in press). A Call for Enhanced Training and Action on the Intersections of Mental Health, decent work, and career in counselling. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Hudson Breen, R. & Vilches, S. (in press). Doing all that Matters: A Relational Career Psychology Perspective on Mother-Entrepreneurship Career Success. In T. Esnard and M. Knight (Eds). Mothering and Entrepreneurship: Global Perspectives, Identities, and Complexities. Demeter Press.

Hudson Breen, R. & Leung, A. (2020). Choosing mothering and entrepreneurship: a relational career-life process. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.

Christensen, D. R., Witcher, C. S., Leighton, T., Hudson Breen, R., & Ofori-Dei, S. (2018). Piloting the addition of contingency management to best practice counselling as an adjunct treatment for rural and remote disordered gamblers: study protocol. British Medical Journal Open, 8(4), e018804.

Hudson Breen, R., Tasker, S. & Hiebert, B. (2017). Keeping going: How self-employed women with children manage multiple life roles. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy 51, 187-206.

Sanders, J., Hudson Breen, R., & Netelenbos, N. (2017). Comparing Diagnostic Classification of Neurobehavioral Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) with the Canadian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Guidelines: A Cohort Study. Canadian Medical Association Journal Open 5, E178.

Shepard, B., & Breen, R. H. (2014) Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Suggestions for Theory-Based Career Practice. In R. Shea & R. Joy (Eds.), A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Career Development: A Decade of Canadian Research (462-473) Ottawa, ON: CJCD.


Hudson Breen, R. (2020, January). Cannexus20 National Career Development Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Lawrence, B. & Hudson Breen, R. (2019, October). Career Resilience for NEET Emerging Adults: Hope to Promote Transitions into Decent Work. International Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood Conference, Toronto, ON.

Hobbs, C., Hudson Breen, R.; Holt, R.; Larsen, D. & Edey, W. (2019, June). The Strengths, Hope and Resourcefulness Program for School Mental Health

Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Halifax, NS.

Hudson Breen, R. & Lawrence, B. (2019, May). Career Matters: Exploring Social Justice Practices in Career-life Counselling Across the Lifespan. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference, Moncton, NB.

Hudson Breen, R., Isenor, J., Francis, T. (2019, January). Practitioner-based research: How to get it done. Cannexus National Career Development Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Novotna, G., Christensen, D., Hudson Breen, R., Teram, E., & Mfoafo-M’Carthy, M. (2018, October). Multiple Institutional Logics in Problem Gambling Treatment in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan: A Case Study. 24th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Halifax, NS.

Hudson Breen, R. (2018, June). Work-life Recovery: Career Counselling and Addictions Treatment. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, PQ.

Van Vliet, J. & Hudson Breen, R. (2018, June). Counselling Psychology Careers in Academia: What Attracts the Next Generation? International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, PQ.

Hudson Breen, R. (2017, May). Career Counselling and Addictions Recovery: Implications of an initial investigation. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference. St. John’s, NL.

Offet-Gartner, K., Huston, M., Hudson Breen, R., Schell, D. & Francis, T. (2017, May). Addressing the False-Dichotomy: Career Counselling is a Mental Health Intervention. Pre-conference Workshop, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference. St. John’s, NL.

Francis, T., Hudson Breen, R. & Isenor, J. (2017, January). Practitioner-Based Research: How to get it done! Cannexus17, Ottawa, ON.

Hudson Breen, R. (2016, March). Making it Work: Career-life Development and Recovery from Substance Use Disorders. American Counselling Association/Canadian Counselling Association Conference. Montreal, PQ.

Hudson Breen, R. (2015, May). Keeping Going: How Mother Entrepreneurs Manage Multiple Life Roles. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference. Niagara Falls, ON.

Hudson Breen, R. & Leung, A. (2015, June). Understanding the Career-Life Development of Mompreneurs as a Relational Process: A theoretical discussion with case examples. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Wellesley, Mass.

Hudson Breen, R. (2015, January). Keeping Going: How Mother Entrepreneurs Manage Multiple Life Roles. Cannexus National Career Development Conference. Ottawa, ON.


EDPY 538: Theory and Practice of Group Counselling

EDPY 597: Special Seminar: Psychology of Careers

EDPY 635: Special Topics in Counselling Psychology: Theory and Practice of Couples and Family Counselling


EDPY 534 - Basic Skills, Issues and Attitudes in Counselling II

Restricted to students enrolled in the Counselling Psychology program. Prerequisite: EDPY 533.

Winter Term 2021
EDPY 597 - Special Seminars

Content varies from year to year. Topics announced prior to registration period. The student's transcript carries title descriptive of content. May be repeated.

Fall Term 2020
EDPY 635 - Counselling Speciality: Theory and Practice

Prerequisite: EDPY 633 or equivalent.

Winter Term 2021

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