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Stephanie Hanson

Stephanie Hanson


Population Health Instructor

Office Building

Avera Health and Science Center



Mailing Address

Avera Health & Science 153
Allied & Population Health-Box 2202C
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Stephanie Hanson, MPH, graduated with her BS degree in biology with a focus in human physiology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She later graduated from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC with her MPH degree in global health epidemiology and disease control. Stephanie is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota in the School of Social Work.

During her MPH program, she focused on understanding the exacerbating effects of complex emergencies on postpartum depression. While in Washington, DC, Stephanie worked for Save the Children, the Peace Corps, and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). While at NASEM, Stephanie worked on consensus study and proceedings of workshop reports examining a wide range of topics, including the neuropsychiatric effects of antimalarial drugs, respiratory disorders in veterans, and best practices for caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also led the development of a project focused on addressing gaps in understanding surrounding perinatal mental health disorders. After moving to the Minneapolis metro area, Stephanie worked as a clinical research coordinator on studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and neuronavigation to better understand suicidal ideation in adolescents.

Stephanie's research interests focus on the relationship between empowerment and the development of perinatal mental health disorders; she defines the perinatal period as being from preconception (the time when someone actively decides to try to become pregnant) through five years following the birth of a child. She is particularly interested in understanding how empowerment can be used to prevent the development of perinatal mental health disorders. Additionally, Stephanie is interested in understanding factors that influence the mental health and well-being of gifted and twice-exceptional individuals. Stephanie is more broadly interested in maternal and child health and mental health.


BS, Biology - University of Nebraska at Omaha
MPH, Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control - The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
PhD Student, Social Work - University of Minnesota

Academic Interests

Perinatal mental health disorders, maternal and child health, mental health, gifted and twice-exceptional individuals

Academic Responsibilities

PUBH 702 - Public Health Theory and Practice
PUBH 761 - Social Epidemiology
PUBH 751 - Public Mental Health
PUBH 755 - Program Planning and Evaluation

Professional Memberships

Postpartum Support International
Marce of North America
American Public Health Association
South Dakota Public Health Association