Faculty/Staff Profile

Kathleen M. Hanna, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor
Carol M. Wilson Endowed Chair in Nursing
Director, PhD Program
Focus: Health of Children, Adolescents, Emerging Adults and their Families

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel:(402) 559-5468
E-Mail:kathy.hanna@unmc.edu

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.

Teaching

  • Has taught quantitative research methods at the graduate level
  • Has taught theories at the graduate level
  • Has taught adolescent health to graduate nursing and interdisciplinary students
  • Has taught family health to graduate nursing students
  • Mentored multi-disciplinary students in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program, a MCH-funded training program
  • Mentored undergraduate nursing students in Summer Research Opportunity Program
  • Mentored undergraduate nursing honors students in scholarly projects
  • Chaired and served on thesis and dissertation committees
  • Primary Sponsor for a PhD student NRSA Grant, National Institutes of Nursing Research

Research/Scholarship

  • Principal Investigator (PI) for Diabetes care and life changes among youth adults with type 1 diabetes. UNMC Vice Chancellor for Research Bridge Funding; 2015-2016; $30,000.
  • Served as Principal Investigator (PI) for NIH funded study entitled: Transition to Young Adulthood among Late Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. (R01 NR009810), $1,961,538, 01/18/2007 - 11/30/2012.
  • Served as Project PI for study entitled: Determination of Psychometric Properties of Diabetes Specific Parent and Adolescent Scales to Measure Decision Making and Support for Diabetes Management Responsibilities, NINR Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, School of Nursing, Indiana University, $12,000, 9/01-9/03
  • Served as Principal Investigator for externally funded study entitled: Transfer of Diabetes Management from Parents to Adolescents; awarded from Ruth Perkins Kuehn Research Award; $5,000, 10/1998 to 10/1999.
  • Served as Principal Investigator for externally funded study entitled: Health enhancing, risk taking and diabetes regimen adherence behaviors of adolescents and young adults with diabetes; American Association of Diabetes Educators/Sigma Theta Tau, $6000, 1/1997 1 12/1997.
  • Has experience with longitudinally designed studies
  • Has research expertise with adolescents and emerging adults with chronic conditions and their families, with specific expertise in diabetes
  • Has research expertise with typical-youth and diabetes-related health behaviors
  • Has research expertise in the developmental period of adolescence and emerging adulthood
  • 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

Professional Service/Recognition

  • 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
  • Served as reviewer on over 15 journals
  • Grant reviewer internationally (Italian Ministries of Health and Flanders, Belgium)
    Membership in:
  • 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