Jean.J. Schensul, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist & Founding Director
Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D., is a medical/educational anthropologist with interdisciplinary experience in the development and implementation of collaborative and participatory research in health, culture and education. From 1978-1987, as Research Director, Hispanic Health Council, she developed its research and training infrastructure and initiated partnership research on HIV in Hartford. From 1987 – 2004, as founding director of ICR she guided the development of the organization’s collaborative research mission and blueprint for research tracks, its program of art/science fusion, the ICR gallery, cultural programs, Y-PAR program, and a diverse funding portfolio. Since 2004 she has developed her own full-time research and teaching/training program while continuing to mentor others. Her research is eclectic, shaped by community interests and has ranged from early childhood development through older adult health. Her NIH, CDC and SAMHSA grants have focused on emerging adulthood, substance abuse prevention using participatory action research, with youth, health of older adults and alcohol, tobacco and HIV in India. She is editor/co-author (with Margaret LeCompte, U.Colorado Boulder), of the Ethnographer’s Toolkit, a 7-book set outlining a mixed methods approach to community based research and intervention (1st edition 1999; 2nd edition 2010-2014), and has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. She plays a national role in promoting community-initiated research partnerships with universities, building community research capacity and mentoring diverse young scholars to conduct community based participatory research. Dr. Schensul was the recipient of the 2010 Malinowski Career Award for contributions of research to solution of human problems (Society for Applied Anthropology), and the American Anthropological Association 1992 Solon Kimball Award for contributions of anthropology to policy (with Stephen Schensul) and has held elected leadership roles in both organizations. She has lived in Hartford since 1978. She is also adjunct research professor, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and Research Affiliate, Yale University where she was a co-founder of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA).