Board of Directors

Tanya Brann-Barrett


Associate Vice-President, Academic & Research, Cape Breton University

Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett is the Associate Vice President, Academic & Research at Cape Breton University. In her current role since 2018, Dr. Brann-Barrett oversees the Office of Research & Graduate Studies. She also provides leadership to the Human Rights and Diversity Office and the Research Centre of Excellence for Health Aging.  Among other responsibilities, Dr. Brann-Barrett led the development and now implementation of CBU’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Workplace Plan. She is co-chair of the steering committee overseeing the implementation of the Cape Breton Medical Campus in partnership with Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. When a member of faculty, Tanya taught courses including Communication Criticism, Health Communication, and Family Communication. Her research focused on social exclusion and rural education and issues of community engagement and citizenship as they relate to youth, gender, and class. Dr. Brann-Barrett holds a Bachelor of Arts (Community Studies) degree from CBU, a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University, a Master of Arts in Education from Mount Saint Vincent University and a PhD. in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia.