Jean M. Breny, PhD, MPH

Professor, Southern Connecticut State University (Affiliate)

Department Chair, Department of Public Health

Research Overview

The goal of my research is to eliminate HIV disparities through community-based participatory action research that informs public health policy and practice. Research that helps us to understand social and cultural factors; such as norms, economics, poverty; and/or power imbalances by race, class or gender that affect individual health behaviors.

My past projects have included: formative research exploring long-term care needs of Latinos living with HIV/AID in New Haven; assessments and evaluations on HIV medication adherence programs; exploring the influence of sex ratio imbalances on HIV risk behaviors among low-income, African American women in North Carolina; and gender disparities among college students’ HIV beliefs and behaviors.

I am new to InCHIP and currently do not have a project affiliated with the Institute. However, I am interested in 1) the use of text messaging and social networking for HIV prevention messages for young adults; and 2) the effects of yoga, massage, and other complimentary therapies on the medication adherence behaviors of people living with AIDS.

I also sit on the board of AIDS Project New Haven and am an Associate Scientist with Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.


Ph.D. in Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2000 (health behavior/health education)
M.P.H., San Jose State University, 1994 (community health education)
B.A., Communications, Western Connecticut State University, 1986

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressSouthern Connecticut State University
Department of Public Health
144 Farnham Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515