Bree Akesson

Montréal, Québec

Bree Akesson

Montréal, Québec

Dr. Bree Akesson is currently an Assistant Professor at the Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Social Work. She began her international career in the Peace Corps, working as a public health extensionist in East Africa. Since then, she has dedicated more than a decade to working with children, families, and communities affected by poverty, war, and disaster. Studying at Columbia University in New York City, Dr. Akesson earned a BA in Sociology from Columbia University, an MPH in Forced Migration and Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, and a MSSW in Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She most recently was awarded a PhD in social work from McGill University.

Dr. Akesson was awarded the Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral research exploring the effects of political violence on young children and their families. She is a licensed social worker (LMSW), providing clinical support to children and families affected by trauma for the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at New York State Psychiatric Institute. As a research associate for the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, Dr. Akesson provides technical assistance to governments, operational agencies, and policymakers. She has worked as an independent consultant for for the International Rescue Committee, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, UNICEF, and Save the Children. Her past research projects include an evaluation of psychosocial program activities for children in Chechnya, a review of international safe space programs for young children in emergencies, and a longitudinal study examining the effects of parental incarceration on children and youth.

  • Work
    • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Education
    • Columbia University
    • McGill University