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Bryan Hansen, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Bryan Hansen
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Aging
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Disabilities
  • Diversity
  • End of Life
  • Family
  • Gerontology
  • Interprofessional
  • Mental Health
  • Pain/Symptom Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safety
  • Substance Use/Addiction
  • Violence


Bryan R. Hansen is a passionate advocate for the promotion of optimum mental health and well-being of older adults and their families through teaching, practice, and research. Dr. Hansen completed his PhD and master of science in nursing at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and specializes in psychiatric, gerontologic, and forensic nursing. He has practiced as a psychiatric nurse with a special focus on proactive approaches to preventing and managing aggressive behaviors in inpatient settings. In this role, he was an active member of a dynamic transdisciplinary team that was the cornerstone of a remarkably successful program to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint in psychiatric care at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has also practiced as a psychiatric nursing clinical instructor and adult forensic nurse examiner. During his predoctoral training, he was designated as a John A. Hartford National Hartford Center of Gerontologic Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold Predoctoral Scholar, 2013-2015. He also has received research and training support from the National Institutes of Health, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, and the Dr. Scholl Foundation. His dissertation work focused on examining aggressive behaviors among diverse, community-dwelling persons with dementia and exploring family caregivers’ perspectives on aggressive behavior in dementia.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Regier, N.G., Cotter, V.T., Hansen, B.R., Taylor, J.L., & Wright, R.J. (in press). Place of death for persons with and without dementia in the United States. J Am Geriatr Soc.

    Gonzalez, Y., Kozachik, S.L., Hansen, B.R., Sanchez, M., & Finnell, D.S. (2020). Nurse-led delivery of brief interventions for at-risk alcohol use: An integrative review. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc, 26(1), 27-42. doi:10.1177/1078390319872536

    Hansen, B.R., Hodgson, N.A., Budhathoki, C., & Gitlin, L.N. (2020). Caregiver reactions to aggressive behaviors in persons with dementia in a diverse, community-dwelling sample. J Appl Gerontol, 39(1), 50-61. doi:10.1177/0733464818756999

    Koirala, B., Hansen, B.R., Hosie, A., Budhathoki, C., Seal, S., Beaman, A., & Davidson, P.M. (2020). Delirium point prevalence studies in inpatient settings: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Nurs, 29(13-14), 2083-2092. doi:10.1111/jocn.15219

    Spaulding, E.M., Marvel, F.A., Jacob, E., Rahman, A., Hansen, B.R., Hanyok, L.A., Martin, S.S. & Han, H.R. (2019). Interprofessional education and collaboration among healthcare students and professionals: a systematic review and call for action. J Interprof Care, 1-10. doi:10.1080/13561820.2019.1697214

    Hansen, B.R., Hodgson, N.A., & Gitlin, L.N. (2019). African-American caregivers’ perspectives on aggressive behaviors in dementia. Dementia, 18(7–8), 3036–3058.

    Hansen, B.R. (2019). Chapter 10: Mental health. In Christine L. Savage (Ed.), Public / Community Health and Nursing Practice: Caring for Populations (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company.

  • Awards/Honors

    2019  Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association

    2019  Inaugural Interprofessional Education Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2018-2019  Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Leadership Academy Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

    2016  New Nursing Faculty Fellowship, Nurse Support Program II, Maryland Higher Education Commission ($20,000)

    2014  Graduate Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2014  School of Nursing Informers and Educators (SONIE) Award, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2013-2015  John A. Hartford National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold Scholar

    2012-2013  Ellen Levi Zamoiski Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2011-2012  Predoctoral Health Disparities Research Fellow, Institutional NRSA for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research (NIH T32NR007968)

    2010-2012  Jonas Scholar, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence

    2009-2010  Predoctoral Fellow, Dr. Scholl Foundation

    2009-2010  Caylor Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2009  Summa Cum Laude, Morningside College

    2009  Lorraine E. Knepper Award in Nursing for Academic Excellence, Morningside College

    2009  First Place, Palmer Student Research Symposium, Morningside College

    2009  Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International

    2008  Inductee, Omicron Delta Kappa

    2008  Inductee, Psi Chi

    2007  Professional Development and Achievement Award, Department of Nursing, Morningside College