Dr. Andrea Breen (she/her) is of mixed Eastern and Western European descent. She lives in Tkaronto/Toronto with her husband, 2 children, and 2 Mexican street dog mixes.
Andrea is an Associate Professor of Family Relations Human Development at the University of Guelph and Co-Director of the Families Interacting with Dogs (FIDO) research group. Andrea holds a B.Ed. in Secondary Education (McGill University), an Ed.M. in Risk and Prevention (Harvard Graduate School of Education), and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto).
Andrea’s research has focused on narrative identity and well-being, family relationships, and decolonizing and Indigenist research methods. Along with her graduate students and colleagues, she is currently engaged in research projects focusing on young carers and dog-human relationships in family contexts.
An ISCP-Certified Dog Trainer and behaviour practitioner (ISCP.Adv.Canine.Prac.) and licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, Andrea also provides education and behaviour support for dogs and their human family members through ABCs 4 Dogs.