Dianne R. Browne
Education: PhD, CFLE
Dr. Browne is the Program Director for Camden Healthy Start at the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative. Healthy Start projects across the country seek to reduce infant mortality in communities where the infant mortality rate is more than 1½ times the national rate. Most often these communities are comprised of Black, Latino and Native American people.
Dr. Browne left full time professorship at Widener University (where she continues as an adjunct assistant professor) to work with the community. She sought opportunities to put her knowledge into practice, focusing on the needs of low-income, underserved families and individuals. She has worked with a variety of audiences including pregnant and parenting teens, incarcerated males, faith based communities, schools and community based organizations.
Dr. Browne’s academic accomplishments include a PhD in Human Services Professions with a concentration in human sexuality education from Widener University, Chester, PA. In 2010 she was awarded dissertation of the year for her writings on sexual attitudes and beliefs of unmarried Black fathers that influence decisions not to marry. She holds a MA in Administration & Supervision for the Educator/Trainer from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ and a BS in Elementary Education from Trenton State College, Ewing, NJ. Dr. Browne is also an adjunct professor at Wilmington University’s NJ campus.
Dr. Browne’s research interests include young Black families and their relationships, reproductive justice, and issues related to health disparities and inequity. Dr. Browne holds a NJ teacher’s certificate and national certifications as a Family Life Educator (CFLE), Sexuality Educator (CSE) and Family Development Specialist. She believes in giving back in the form of community service and continues to serve as the chair of the anti-racism team for the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.