Genevieve Breau

Dr Genevieve Breau PhD

Lecturer in Public Health

Genevieve is a Lecturer in Public Health, School of Human Sciences, University of Greenwich

Much of her research has focused on how vulnerable and medically underserved populations access primary and preventive health care. She uses quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and knowledge synthesis techniques. Her research interests have included the health of adults with intellectual disability (learning disabilities), psychosocial care of cancer patients, and maternal mental health.

Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, much of Genevieve's teaching program also focused on health disparities and vulnerable populations. She has taught courses on non-communicable diseases, health systems and policy, and health communication.

Posts held previously:

  • 2020, JUL-2021, MAY Research Coordinator, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia
  • 2021, JAN-2021, APR Sessional Instructor, Department of Health and Society, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • 2019, JAN-2020, AUG Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • 2019, JAN-2019, DEC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • 2018, MAR-2018, DEC Research Coordinator, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia
  • 2017, AUG-2018, MAR Research Assistant, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia
  • 2016, AUG-2018, MAR Grant Facilitator Officer, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • 2016, JUN-2017, JUN Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Responsibilities within the university

Genevieve leads modules in the BSc Hons in Public Health, the BA Hons in Health and Social Care (top-up) and the MSc in Global Public Health programmes. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations. Finally, she has an active research program in health issues in people with intellectual disability (learning disabilities), psychosocial care of cancer patients, and maternal mental health.

Recognition

Peer Reviewer

2021 - Reviewer for the journal PLOS One

2021 - Abstract reviewer for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities European Congress

2020 - Reviewer for the journal Psycho-Oncology

2020 - Reviewer for the Journal on Developmental Disabilities

2020 - Abstract reviewer for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Asia Pacific Congress

2020 - Abstract reviewer for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Health Issues Special Interest Research Group Conference

Professional Organization Membership

2020 - CURRENTSecretary-Treasurer, Health Issues Special Interest Research Group, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

2019-2020 Early Career Researcher Representative, Health Issues Special Interest Research Group, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Research / Scholarly interests

Genevieve's overarching program of research examines healthcare access for vulnerable and medically underserved populations. Much of her research has focused on adults with intellectual disability (learning disabilities), and how they access primary and preventive care. She has also conducted research on the psychosocial needs of cancer patients, and how they access healthcare from primary care providers and specialists. Finally, a current project is building a web-enabled resource for parents who have given birth who experience postpartum mental illness.

Key funded projects

2019Breau, GM (principal applicant) Canadian Institutes for Health Research Institute for Cancer Research Travel Award. ($1,500.00 CAD)

2019Breau, GM (principal applicant) Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Travel Award ($1,000 USD)

2018Jenstad, LM (Nominated Principal Applicant), Halas, G, Lussier, MT., (Principal Applicants), Beck, C, Ribary, U, Colozzo, P, Rieger, C, Thorne, S, Mason, GK, Breau, GM, Howe, T, Jamoulle, O, McKenzie, M, Matieschyn, Z, Wetzel, M, Potter, J, Strachan, S. (Co-Applicants). Clinician-Patient Communication Interaction and Health Outcomes - A Scoping Review of Knowledge Synthesis. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant: SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants (2018). ($53,742.59 CAD, including 50% matching funds secured).