Dr Lauren Breen is a registered psychologist and Professor in the School of Population Health at Curtin University in Australia. Her award-winning, applied research centres on end-of-life care and grief and loss issues from chronic disease management, communicating the diagnosis of a serious/terminal illness, preparations for bereavement, the impact of caregiving on bereavement, psychotherapies for prolonged grief disorder, pandemic grief, understanding grieving children and young people and families, grief literacy, building the community’s capacity to support grieving people, social and cultural norms of grief, and the interface between evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.
She has received over $3m in research funding, including the highly prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Awards for her project exploring family caregiving and bereavement.
She has authored over 130 academic publications. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement and Managing Editor of Death Studies.
Lauren is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and on the board of two charities – the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and Lionheart Camp for Kids. Her research has influenced the policy and practice of grief and bereavement support in Australia and internationally.