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Associate Professor Michele Hanna currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Having joined the faculty at GSSW in 2005, Dr. Hanna has taught courses in the Child Welfare Concentration, Power, Privilege and Oppression, Critical Race Praxis and Qualitative Research.
Prior to pursuing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin, her professional experience included working as an adoption birthparent counselor, a child protective service worker, child welfare adoption specialist, child welfare supervisor and program field representative for a statewide special-needs adoption program.
Dr. Hanna's research focuses on child welfare, foster care and adoption. Most recently she served as the evaluator for the City and County of Denver's five-year, federally funded Diligent Recruitment Grant Denver's Village: Wrapping Families with Community Support.
Dr. Hanna also works with the Butler Institute for Families as the Director of the Adoption Competent Practice Certification Program.