Yale University

Jean M. Breny, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Professor, Public Health, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)


Dr. Jean M. Breny is Professor in the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her PhD in Public Health/Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her public health research and practice aims to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity through an antiracism lens, using Photovoice research and community-based participatory approaches. Recently, she completed Photovoice projects in BIPOC communities in New Haven and Bridgeport, CT uncovering COVID-19 related health inequities. These results are now being used to inform health policy and advocacy efforts. Along with colleagues at Southern Connecticut State University, she is developing a Center for Health Equity and Eliminating Racism (CHEER) designed to train students in antiracist research. Dr. Breny is an Affiliated Scientist at the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. She is a Fulbright Specialist in Global/Public Health and is Past President of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Her co-authored book, Photovoice for Social Justice: Visual Representation in Action, was published in January, 2021.