Indigenist Research Methods

Andrea’s research includes a focus on storytelling and Indigenist research methodologies. Along with Shawn Wilson and Lindsay DuPré, she is co-editor of the (2019) book, Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling Ways of Knowing through Indigenous Relationships and the trio are currently at work on a new edited book on Indigenist research methods.

Narrative Identity

Dr. Andrea Breen’s early research was focused on storytelling, identity and well-being. Her recent narrative research has examined the ways in which identity develops through interaction with stories encountered in books, movies, and other forms of art and media. She is especially interested in story-sharing and identity development as resistance to oppression and structural violence. Her graduate students’ recent research projects have examined narrative identity development, marginalization, and resistance in Muslim and African- Caribbean- and Black-identified young adults.

Family Relationships and Well-Being

Andrea is Principal Investigator for the collaborative SSHRC-funded project, Young Carers Coming of Age: Transitions in the Context of the Caregiving Relationship and the Caregiving during COVID-19 study. Her recent collaborations with colleagues in Applied Human Nutrition have focused on investigating family relationships and children’s nutritional health.

Dog-Human Relationships

Along with Lynda Ashbourne, Andrea is the Co-Director of the Families Interacting with Dogs (FIDO) research group. FIDO aims to expand notions of family to include non-human animals and to investigate the intersections of human and canine well-being in family contexts. The FIDO lab is currently conducting research on the positive and negative impacts of dog ownership on university students’ well-being and dogs’ contributions to (Canadian) psychotherapists’ practice.