Reann Gibson

Senior Research Fellow CLF Massachusetts

Reann Gibson is the CLF Ventures 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 nine community organizations and over 30 Resident Researchers across Massachusetts; together they develop research questions, data analysis plans, and annually survey 900 community residents. Her work includes collaborations with research partners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reann has done community organizing with the Mattapan 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 disparities, particularly those related to community health in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Reann received her BA in Psychology from Bates College and is in the final stages of completing her Masters in Public Health at Boston University. She is a Boston native who currently resides in Roslindale with her partner and her cat. In her free moments she enjoys yoga, curling up with her cat and a good book, and exploring local restaurants.

Recent Posts

What Does It Mean to Use Research for Action?
Too often, research studies sit on shelves in the offices of the academics who created them, never to be applied in the field. When CLF and our partners designed the Healthy Neighborhoods Study, we set out to do just the opposite. We didn’t just want to ask community members what matters most to their health…


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