Karla Hanson


Karla Hanson

Senior Research Associate and Senior Lecturer
231 Savage Hall
Phone: (607) 255-8075 Fax: (607) 255-1033
Email: kh289@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

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. Currently she is co-PI on a grant from the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research to examine risk factors for very low food security among elementary school children in the US, and to identify 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 International Affairs, 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.


PhD 1995 - New York University (Public Administration) 
BA 1985 - Union College (Economics & Sociology)

Courses Taught:

NS6350 - Introduction to Community Nutrition Research for Dietetic Interns

Selected Publications:

Hanson KL and Olson CM. Low Energy Intake and Low Diet Quality on the Weekend among US School Children. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2013; 8(4):413-428; addendum with table corrections (forthcoming).


Hanson KL and Olson CM. School Meals Participation and Weekday Dietary Quality Were Associated after Controlling for Weekend Eating among US School Children Aged 6 to 17 Years. Journal of Nutrition. 2013; 143:714-721.


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.

Selected Keywords:
Food Insecurity, Public Policy, Children and Families, Obesity, Public Health

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.