Ashley Hanna earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver in 2016, her MSW from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2004, and her BSW from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2002. She is a licensed clinical social worker with more than ten years of practice and research experience in the Denver Metro area. Her primary areas of expertise are behavioral and mental health, clinical social work practice, school-based interventions, racial and ethnic disparities, and the impact of immigration policies and practices on Latino individuals, families and the community. Dr. Hanna has worked in home-based, out-patient, in-patient, school-based, and international practice settings. In addition, she has experience providing clinical supervision to social work and counseling staff and interns.
Dr. Hanna is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She has taught Multi-cultural Social Work Practice, Integrated Social Work practice for Social Justice (a hybrid in-person and online course), and worked as a Teaching Assistant for a Spanish language travel course to Mexico (Global Relations and Poverty in Mexico). In addition, Dr. Hanna facilitates professional development workshops regarding issues of power, privilege, and oppression and culturally responsive practices for teachers and school support staff at a local elementary school.
Dr. Hanna’s research is concentrated on structural inequities in the United States. Up until now, her focus has been on issues related to immigration. She has investigated the unique experiences of Mexican immigrants living in Denver, Colorado, the impact of immigrant detention and deportation on the well-being of Latinos, and the impact of mixed-citizenship status on the emotional well-being of Latino youths and young adults. Remaining focused on structural inequities, in addition to continued research in the area of immigration, her future research will examine disproportionalities and disparities in the education system related to discipline, academic success, and social-emotional well-being and effective practices to increase equitable outcomes.