Nancy P Hanrahan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 374 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 573-6759

Dr. Hanrahan received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and her masters and doctoral degrees from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Hanrahan is a national leader in psychiatric mental health nursing and known for her work documenting the psychiatric nurse workforce and her expertise in system-level mental health services research. Current, she is a faculty member in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hanrahan is involved with state and national policy initiatives such as parity, quality indicators, creating a web-based advanced practice psychiatric nurse employment guide, and reviewing RUC codes for reimbursement.

Dr. Hanrahan teaches graduate level courses on the pathogenesis of mental disorders and psychopharmacology using a discovery based learning method. Her teaching is informed by her extensive clinical and administrative experience providing mental health care to individuals with serious psychological problems. She is a content expert in the assessment and application of brain and behavior neuroscience and psychopharmacology. Her students become proficient at formulating a diagnosis, performing a detailed mental status exam including assessing for neuro-cognitive deficits, and integrating research literature to explain symptom presentation and treatment.

Dr. Hanrahan's research involves examining the extent to which organizational traits of patient care environments and nurse staffing are associated with patient outcomes. Ultimately, Dr. Hanrahan envisions her program of research contributing to defining optimal healing environments for people who need mental health care and the staff who work in these environments. Using Medicare claims data, she profiled older adult utilization of behavioral health services and compared advanced practice nurse providers with other providers of behavioral health services. She uses large public data sets to track the psychiatric nurse workforce. She is also involved in studying advanced practice nurse models of care for individuals with concurrent AIDS and serious mental illness.

Health Technology lab

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research

Clinical Practice
Dr. Hanrahan is involved in the care of individuals with serious mental and other major health problems. Additionally, she is an experienced administrator and consultant for behavioral health care systems with an expertise in the local and national regulation and reimbursement of the behavioral health trained advanced practice nurse.


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I envision optimal healing environments in mental health systems that value the inherent dignity, equality, and inalienable rights of all individuals with a mental illness to the access of appropriate, timely, effective and respectful health care. I envision psychiatric nurses as leaders working with policy makers on health policy reform and researchers discovering answers to questions that build the science of effective patient and family care, and optimal system-level interventions.