Professor Profiles


Rebecca Hudson Breen, PhD, MA, BA, BEd

Assistant Professor, Counselling Psychology


Educational Psychology

About Me

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 and a Certified 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.

A current project, funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute, is designed to shed light on intersections of gambling and work-life, including the experiences of individuals who engage in gambling in the workplace.


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. (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