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Kim Dong Breen

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine

Kim Dong

Kim Dong Breen

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine

Biography: 

Kim Dong Breen, DrPH, MS, RDN is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director for the Online Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from the University of California, Berkeley, her Master of Science in Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, and her Doctor of Public Health from the School of Medicine at Tufts University. She is also a registered dietitian and completed her dietetic internship at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Dong Breen also completed a NIH R25 funded fellowship, the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Program on Substance Use and HIV.

Dr. Dong Breen’s research focuses on healthcare access, food insecurity, and dietary quality as determinants of health, particularly with people living with HIV and individuals involved with the criminal legal system. For her current projects, she uses mixed methods to explore health disparities, causes and consequences of food insecurity, and healthcare access among adults under probation supervision; and to evaluate the transition of healthcare from jail to community for people with HIV. Her Tisch fellowship project will focus on exploring food insecurity and perceptions of political voice due to the COVID-19 pandemic among people that receive SNAP benefits.