Reann Gibson is the Healthy and Resilient Communities Senior Research Fellow. She manages the Healthy Neighborhoods Study, a longitudinal Participatory Action Research (PAR) study looking at the relationship between urban development and community health. She works closely with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, nine community organizations, and over 30 Resident Researchers across Massachusetts. Together they develop research questions, data analysis plans, and annually survey 900 community residents per year.
Reann has done community organizing in Mattapan with the Food and Fitness Coalition, and in Lewiston, ME. She has previously worked in community-based research and evaluation at the Institute of Community Health (ICH) and at a Boston University study focused on treatment for alcohol use disorder. Her interests include health equity and shifting power to advance community health in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Reann received her BA in Psychology from Bates College and her Masters in Public Health at Boston University. She is a Boston native who currently resides in Roslindale with her partner, cat, and dog. In her free moments she enjoys yoga, gardening, curling up with her cat and a good book, and exploring local restaurants.