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Tufts Public Health

Kimberly Dong Breen

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Associate Director, Online MPH Program
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Kimberly Dong Breen

Kimberly Dong Breen

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Associate Director, Online MPH Program
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Phone 617-636-3659
Campus: Boston


My research focuses on healthcare access, food insecurity, and dietary quality as determinants of health, particularly with people with HIV and individuals involved with the criminal legal system. Current projects explore health inequities, causes and consequences of food insecurity, and healthcare access among adults on probation supervision and evaluating the transition of healthcare from jail to community for people with HIV.


  • ​DrPH, Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs
  • MS, Nutrition, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • RD, Registered Dietitian, Frances Stern Nutrition Center, Tufts Medical Center
  • BS, Nutritional Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research synopsis

Nutrition, healthcare access, HIV, criminal justice


KR Dong, CG Beckwith, A Grossman, D Weiner, A Lichtenstein. Utilizing the probation office as an opportunity to screen for cardiometabolic outcomes: A feasibility study. Journal of Correctional Health Care. Accepted January 2021 for Publication in 2022 (Volume 28).

KR Dong and W Feng. SNAP restrictions that punish people formerly and currently under correctional supervision. Accepted December 2020 for Publication May 2021 in J of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.

C Golembeski, KR Dong, A Irfan. Carceral and Climate Crises and Health Inequities: A Call for Greater Transparency, Accountability, and Human Rights Protections. World Medical and Health Policy. 2021. doi:10/1002/wmh3.382

C Golembeski, A Irfan, and KR Dong. Food Insecurity and Collateral Consequences of Punishment Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. World Medical and Health Policy. Dec 2020. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.378.

K Dong, A Must, A Tang, T Stopka, C Beckwith. Food Insecurity, Morbidities, and Substance Use in Adults on Probation in Rhode Island. J Urban Health. 2018 Aug;95(4):564-75. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0290-2. PMCID: PMC6095760.

K Dong, A Tang, T Stopka, C Beckwith, A Must. Food acquisition methods and correlates of food insecurity in adults on probation in Rhode Island. PLoS ONE. 2018 June 8;13(6):e0198598. PMCID: PMC5993252

K Dong, A Must, C Beckwith, A Tang, T Stopka. Competing Priorities that Rival Health in Adults on Probation in Rhode Island: Substance Use Recovery, Employment, Housing, and Food Intake. BMC Public Health, 2018:18(1):289. PMCID: PMC5828298

E Smit, C Wanke, K Dong, A Grotheer, S Hansen, S Skinner, A Tang. Frailty, food insecurity, and nutritional status in people living with HIV. J Frailty & Aging, 2015;4(4):191-7. PMID: 26689809

A Tang, H Sheehan, M Jordan, D Duong, K Dong, T Lien, N Trung, C Wanke, N Hien. Predictors of weight change in HIV-positive injection drug users initiating antiretroviral therapy in Hanoi, Vietnam. AIDS Research and Treatment, 2011; PMID: 21776380

A Tang, T Bhatnagar, R Ramachandran, K Dong, S Skinner, MS Kumar, C Wanke. Malnutrition in a population of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug users living in Chennai, South India. Drug Alcohol Depend 2011;118(1):73-7. PMID: 21420798

M Woods, C Wanke, P Ling, K Hendricks, A Tang, T Knox, C Andersson, K Dong, S Skinner, B Bistrian. Effect of a dietary intervention and n-3 fatty acid supplementation on measures of serum lipid and insulin sensitivity in persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 90(6):1566-78. PMID: 19846544; PMCID: PMC2777468.

K Dong, C Wanke, B Ding, A Tang, K Hendricks. Dietary glycemic index of HIV-positive men with and without fat deposition. J Amer Diet Assoc 2006; 106:728-32. PMID: 16647332

K Dong and K Hendricks. The role of nutrition in fat deposition and fat atrophy in patients with HIV. Nutr Clin Care 2005; 8(1): 31-6. PMID: 15850232