Kathleen Hanna, PhD, RN, FAAN


Director, PhD Program

Carol M. Wilson Endowed Chair in Nursing


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-5468
Email: kathy.hanna@unmc.edu



  • 1980, BSN, Loretto Heights
  • 1981, MSN, UNMC
  • 1990, PhD, University of Pittsburg


Dr. Hanna has conducted research with adolescents and emerging adults around health perceptions and behaviors over the past 20 plus years. Her current research has focused on health perceptions and behaviors of adolescents and emerging adults with diabetes. She has just completed a National Institute of Health-sponsored study on the transition to young adulthood among early emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. This study longitudinally followed these youth for one year post high school graduation, focusing upon diabetes management, glycemic control and quality of life as well as typical health behaviors of this age group such as alcohol use, weight control behaviors, and smoking. In addition, the study focused on how individual characteristics, parent-adolescent relationships and transitional events influence these behaviors and outcomes. The findings provide for foundation to guide health care for this group about which very little is known.


Research Interests

  • Type 1 Diabetes in young adults
  • Longitudinally designed studies
  • Developmental period of adolescence and emerging adulthood

Grant Support (Previous 5 years)

Diabetes care and life changes among youth adults with type 1 diabetes, $30,000, Hanna, M (P.I.)

Jan 2007-Nov 2012
Transition to Young Adulthood among Late Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes, $1,961,538, Hanna, M (P.I.)


Brage Hudson, D., Campbell-Grossman, C., Brown, S., Hanna, K.M., Yates, B. & Kupzyk, K. (2016). Social Support and Psychosocial Well-Being among Low-Income, Adolescent, African American, First-Time Mothers." Clinical Nurse Specialist, 30, 150-158. Doi: 10.1037/NUR.0000000000000202.

Campbell-Grossman, C., Hudson, D.B., Kupzyk, K.A., Brown, S.E., Hanna, K.M., & Yates, B. (2016). Low-income, African American, adolescent mothers’ depressive symptoms, perceived stress, and social support. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 2306-2314. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0386-9

Brown, S., Brage Hudson, D., Campbell-Grossman, C., Yates, B., Kupzyk, K. & Hanna, K.M. (Published Online Dec 13, 2016) Social Support, Parenting Competence and Parenting Satisfaction among Adolescent, African American Mothers. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1-18. Doi: 10.1177/0193945916682724.

Hanna, K.M., Weaver, M.E., Stump, T.E., Slaven, J. (2015, April 14). Weight Control Behaviors during Emerging Adulthood for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0145721715581667

Crowder, S.J., Hanna, K.M., Carpenter, J.S., Broome, M.E. (April 28, 2015 Early Online Access). Factors associated with asthma self-management in African American adolescents with asthma. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

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Developed standards of care for emerging adults with diabetes as part of the American Diabetes Association’s transitions’ group.

Solicited to present at American Diabetes Association’s Scientific and International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes meetings.

Served as Nursing Director of the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program, a MCH-funded training program.

Grant reviewer internationally (Italian Ministries of Health and Flanders, Belgium).

American Diabetes Association.

American Nurses' Association.

International Family Nursing Association, Founding Member.

Midwest Nursing Research Society.

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Sigma Theta Tau.

Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine.


Received the John and Mary Barron Quality of Life Research Award.

Received the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Nurse Researcher of Year Award.

Received UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award