Dr. Hansen (PhD 2017) is Scientist 1 at the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center in the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB. 

Research Interests:

  • Social Determinants of Health (SDH)
  • Disparities in Health Care Access
  • Health-Stigma
  • Affiliate Stigma
  • Sociology of Families and Mental Health Outcomes
  • Social Determinants of Health (SDH), caregiver burden
  • Social support networks of study patients and/or caregivers
  • Theoretical focus: The intersection of the SDH and Caregiver Burden in Intractable Epilepsy in the Alabama CBD study
  • Methodology focus: quantitative

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  • MA, Sociology; Thesis: "Weight Loss Surgery: A Study in Stigma and Deviance," Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Ph.D. Medical Sociology. " “Intractable Epilepsy – Does Perception of Epilepsy Stigma Affect Levels of Caregiver Burden?”

Awards/Honors: CIRTL Associate Certificate earned (Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning through National Science Foundation). Scholarship awarded through UAB Graduate Studies department. Currently completing requirements for certificate for CIRTL Practitioner. Scholarship awarded.

Publications and Papers:

  • Obesity and SES: An Inverse Relationship. Presented at Middle Tennessee Social Symposium, Murfreesboro, TN, 2013.
  • My Big Fat Weight Loss Surgery. Presented at SSS Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, 2014.


  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society
  • Southern Sociological Society
  • American Sociological Association
  • Mid-South Sociological Society