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Bree Akesson

Bree Akesson has more than a decade of experience working with children, families, and communities affected by poverty, war, and disaster. 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 New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. Bree also consults as a research associate for the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, offering technical assistance to governments, operational agencies, and policymakers. She formerly worked as program manager for Columbia University’s Care and Protection of Children in Crisis-Affected Settings research initiative, working to strengthen the evidence base of child protection programs in Ethiopia, Liberia, Indonesia, the occupied Palestinian territories, Sierra Leone, and northern Uganda. Bree has consulted for the International Rescue Committee, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, UNICEF, and Save the Children. At McGill University’s School of Social Work, Bree teaches History and Philosophy of Social Work at the undergraduate level. Bree studied at Columbia University in New York City, where she earned a BA in Sociology, an MPH in Forced Migration and Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, and a MSSW in Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities from the School of Social Work.


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School of Social Work,
3506 University Street,
Room 424, Montréal,
Québec, Canada, H3A 2A7

Email: bree [dot] akesson [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca