Karla Hanson is Research Associate and Lecturer in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Her research focuses on food insecurity, the social context of obesity, and public policies affecting low-income families and children in the U.S. She is Principal Investigator on a cooperative research agreement with USDA-ERS to examine weekday and weekend dietary intake among school children, and associations with school meals. She currently collaborates with The Urban Institute on research that examines risk factors for very low food security among elementary school children in the U.S. and identifies strategies used by households to avoid childhood hunger.
Prior to coming to Cornell, Dr. Hanson was Assistant Professor of Health Policy at The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City. Her prior work examined the roles of health insurance policy and stressful family environments in the health and well-being of children and families.
Nord M and KL Hanson. Adult Caregiver Reports of Adolescents’ Food Security Do Not Agree Well With Adolescents’ Own Reports. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2012; 7(4):363-380.
Hanson KL and Olson CM. Chronic Health Conditions and Depressive Symptoms Strongly Predict Persistent Food Insecurity among Rural Low-income Families. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2012; 23:1174-1188.
Sobal J and Hanson KL. Marital Status, Marital History, Body Weight, and Obesity. Marriage and Family Review. 2011; 47:474-504.
Sobal J and Hanson KL. Family Meals and Body Weight in U.S. Adults. Public Health Nutrition. 2011; 14(9):1555-1562.
Sobal J and Hanson KL. Marital Status and Physical Activity in U.S. Adults. International Journal of Sociology of the Family. 2010;36(2):181-198.
Sobal J, Hanson KL, Frongillo, EA. Gender, Ethnicity, Marital Status and Body Weight in the United States. Obesity. 2009;17:2223-2231.
Hanson KL, Sobal J, Frongillo EA. Gender and Marital Status Clarify Associations Between Food Insecurity and Body Weight. Journal of Nutrition 2007;137:1460-1465.
Fairbrother G, Kenney G, Hanson KL, Dubay L. How Do Stressful Family Environments Relate to Reported Access and Use of Health Care by Low-Income Children? Medical Care Research and Review. 2005;62:205-230.
Hanson KL. Patterns of Insurance Coverage Within Families. Health Affairs. 2001;20(1):240-246.
Hanson KL, Butts G, Friedman S, Fairbrother G. Physician Credentials and Practices Associated with Childhood Immunization Rates: Pediatricians Serving New York’s Inner-city. Journal of Urban Health. 2001;78(1):112-124.
Fairbrother G, Hanson KL, Butts G, Friedman S. Comparison of Preventive Care in Medicaid Managed Care and Medicaid Fee-for-service in Institutions and Private Practices. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2001;1(6):294-301.
Fairbrother G, Hanson KL, Friedman S, Butts G. Impact of Bonuses, Enhanced Fees and Feedback on Childhood Immunization Rates. American Journal of Public Health. 1999;89(2):171-175.
Hanson KL. Is Insurance for Children Enough? The Link Between Parents’ and Children’s Health Care Utilization Revisited. Inquiry. 1998;35(3):294-302.
Hanson KL, Fairbrother G, Kory P, Butts GC, Friedman S. The Transition from Medicaid Fee-for-service to Managed Care among Private Practitioners in New York City: Effect on Immunization and Screening Rates. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 1998;2(2):5-14.
Blustein J, Hanson KL, Shea S. Preventable Hospitalizations and Socioeconomic Status. Health Affairs. 1998;17(2):177-189.