Distinguished Scientist: Kathleen Hanna, Ph.D.

February 01, 2018

Image with caption: Kathleen Hanna, Ph.D.

Kathleen Hanna, Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2017 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Kathleen Hanna, Ph.D.
  • Title: Professor and Carol M. Wilson Endowed Chair, UNMC College of Nursing
  • Joined UNMC: 2014
  • Hometown: Gering, Neb.

The Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award -- which is sponsored by the chancellor -- recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

Research focus:
Diabetes management among youth

The goal of my research is: To understand the transition from parental-directed to youth-directed diabetes management.

My research will make a difference because: Understanding the behavioral and psychosocial issues around transitions in diabetes management will guide health care workers in strategies to enhance optimal management and well-being of newly independent youth.

The best advice I've ever been given is: To focus one's research career on one's passion.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I laugh at every Monty Python movie, no matter how many times I have seen it.
  • I have shared my home with Labradors and Golden retrievers throughout most of my life.
  • I catered desserts for grocery money when I was a Ph.D. student.


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