Dr. Hansen (PhD 2017) is an assistant professor (tenure-track) at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR in the Sociology, Human Services, and Criminology Department. She teaches a variety of classes including social statistics, introduction to sociology, medical sociology, and methods for social work.

Research Interests: Epilepsy and Marijuana – Social Determinants of Health

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Pre-doctoral research interests include:

  • 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

Education: MA, Sociology; Thesis: "Weight Loss Surgery: A Study in Stigma and Deviance," Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

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