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Bryan Hansen, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Bryan Hansen
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Aging
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • 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

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Hansen, B.R., Hodgson, N. A. & Gitlin, L. N. (2016). "It’s a Matter of Trust: Older African-Americans Speak Ababout Health Care Encounters." Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(10), 1058-76.

    Marx, K.A., Stanley, I. H., Van Haitsma, K., Moody, J., Alonzi, D., Hansen, B. R. & Gitlin, L. N. (2014). "Knowing Versus Doing: Education Needs of Staff in a Chronic Care Hospital Unit for Persons with Dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40(12), 26-37.

    Gitlin, L.N., Marx, K.A., Stanley, I.H., Hansen, B.R. & Van Haitsma, K. (2014). "Assessing Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in People with Dementia: A Systematic Review of Measures." International Psychogeriatrics, 26(11), 1805-48.

  • Awards/Honors

    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

    Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International (2009)

    Inductee, Omicron Delta Kappa (2008)

    Inductee, Psi Chi (2008)

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