Reann Gibson

Senior Research Fellow CLF Massachusetts

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.

Recent Posts

Why COVID-19 Is Hitting Some Communities Harder
COVID-19’s unequal impact on our communities has laid bare stark realities about health, wealth, and housing. When the pandemic began, the news and social media flooded with images and stories of people retreating indoors. Lives became centered on screens serving as intermediaries between friends, family members, and co-workers. But that was not the experience for all of…
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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