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Mary Jane S. Hanson


Professor and Graduate Program Director

University of Scranton


Mary Jane S. Hanson is currently Professor and Director of the Graduate Nursing and DNP Programs at the University of Scranton, in Scranton, PA. Additionally, she is a family nurse practitioner and practices weekly in a rural primary care setting at Lehigh Valley Physicians Group (LVPG) Family Medicine in Albrightsville and Lehighton, PA. She has been named as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Hanson has a distinguished record of research investigating cigarette smoking behavior among ethnically diverse adolescents and teens. Through her work, she developed a theoretically based research instrument that has been utilized by researchers and clinicians in nursing, psychology, sociology, and medicine in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, and Thailand. The results of Dr. Hanson’s research, which has been funded by the National Cancer Institute at NIH, has added significantly to our knowledge and understanding about correlates of cigarette smoking behavior in youth, including how they differ based on gender, ethnicity, culture, and generational characteristics. She has presented papers at over 30 national and international conferences, published extensively in multiple scholarly journals, and served by invitation on national expert panels for cigarette smoking behavior. Additionally, Dr. Hanson has a significant record of service and leadership at the national level. She is the 2019-2020 Chair of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners.

Dr. Hanson received her BSN from Cedar Crest College, and her MSN, two post-master’s APRN certificates, and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

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