Yale University

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

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


Jean M. Breny is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven, Connecticut. She has been on the faculty since 2000 and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate-level community health education courses, including courses on community health assessments and program planning and evaluation. Dr. Breny received her PhD in Health Behavior/Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000) and her MPH in Community Health Education from San Jose State University (1994). Through her scholarship, she aims to eliminate health disparities through community-based participatory action research that informs public health practice and is committed to work that helps us to understand how social and cultural factors affect individual health behaviors. Dr. Breny's community projects include a photovoice project with the Prevention Research Center with community members in New Haven discussing the environmental barriers to managing their diabetes. Dr. Breny has conducted research on the Status of African American Health in Connecticut, a project spearheaded by the NAACP, which was presented to the Connecticut state legislature. Her work also includes a formative research project that explored the long-term care needs of Latinos living with HIV/AIDS in Connecticut. Other past research includes; barriers and facilitators to HIV medication adherence and exploration of social context in HIV prevention for women, and college students' sexual health behaviors. In addition to teaching and doing research, Dr. Breny was the first Director of the Graduate Minority Student Scholars Program in Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University and recently traveled to Istanbul, Turkey with other SOPHE members to present at the First International Symposium of Health Promotion and Communications.