New Faculty

Dr. Janice Hanson joins the Department of Medicine

Janice L. Hanson, Ph.D., Ed.S., M.H., is Director of Education Scholarship Development in the Office of Education, Washington University School of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine. She joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Medical Education in January, 2019.

Dr. Hanson is also Professor Emerita of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Hanson completed her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Michigan in 1984. After teaching and doing research in Special Education at the George Washington University, Dr. Hanson was Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Family-Centered Care, where she developed a group of parent-advisors to the Department of Defense system of services for individuals with special needs and their families and convened a group of parent-advisors to develop curriculum recommendations for the Uniformed Services University H. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. In 1999 Dr. Hanson joined the faculty at the Uniformed Services University, and together with COL Virginia Randall, she developed a large group of patient and family advisors to the medical school curriculum and co-taught with these advisors across the four years of medical school. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in 2011, and then joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in January 2019. At the national level, Dr. Hanson has served on the board of the American Academy on Physician and Patient (now Academy on Communication in Healthcare), as the co-chair of the Research and Scholarship Task Force for the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, as co-chair of the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group for the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and as a co-director of the Research Scholars Program of the APA. She has developed and led many workshops and symposia at national and international meetings, including many sessions on assessment in health professional education. Dr. Hanson’s areas of expertise include patient and family-centered care, patient/physician communication, curriculum development, learner assessment and evaluation in health professional education, humanities in medicine, and qualitative research methods.