Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
MD, Ph.D. 2005 Yale; A.B. 1992 Harvard
Rufus D. Smith Hall
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-8189
Areas of Research/Interest
medical anthropology, science studies, urban anthropology, critical psychiatry, addictions, pharmaceuticals, Latin American and African American spirituality and faith healing.
Hansen H, Donaldson Z, Bates L, Bearman P, Keely Cheslak-Postava K, Harper K, Holmes S, Link B, Lovasi G, Springer K, and J Teitler: “Integrating Biosocial Models into Revisions of the DSM: Need for Population Health Findings to Guide Psychiatric Research and Diagnosis.” Health Affairs
Hansen H, Siegel C, Bertollo D, Case B, DiRocco D, and M Galanter: “Variation in Use of Buprenorphine and Methadone Treatment by Racial, Ethnic and Income Characteristics of Residential Social Areas in New York City.” Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Lewis-Fernandez R, Raggio G, Gorritz M, Duan N, Marcus S, Cabassa L, Humensky J, Becker A, Alarcon R, Oquendo M, Hansen H, Like R, Weiss M, Desai P, Primm A, Lu F, Kopelowicz A, Hinton L, and D Hinton: “GAP-REACH: A Checklist to Assess Comprehensive Reporting of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Psychiatric Publications.” Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases
Hansen H, Lindemann D, Holmes S Guest Editors. Special Issue: Ethnography of Health for Social Change. Social Science and Medicine.
2012 Hansen H and S Roberts: “Two Tiers of Biomedicalization: Buprenorphine, Methadone and the Biopolitics of Addiction Stigma and Race.” Advances in Medical Sociology 14:79-102
2012 Hansen H and Skinner M.: “From White Bullets to Black Markets and Greened Medicine: The Neuroeconomics and Neuroracial Politics of Opioid Pharmaceuticals.” Annals of Anthropological Practice 36(1):167-182
2012 Hansen H: “Pharmaceutical Evangelism and Spiritual Capital: Two Communities of Addicted Selves.” In Addiction Trajectories. Rakhiel and Hyde, Eds. Duke University Press
2011 Hansen H: “The ‘New Masculinity’: Addiction Treatment as a Reconstruction of Gender in Puerto Rican Evangelist Street Ministries.” Social Science and Medicine 74(11):1721-8
2010 Barry D, Irwin K, Jones E, Becker W, Tetrault J, Sullivan L, Hansen H, O’Connor P, Schottenfeld R, and D Fiellin: “Opioids, Chronic Pain, and Addiction in Primary Care.” Journal of Pain 11(12):1442-50
2009 Barry D, Irwin K, Jones E, Becker W, Tetrault J, Sulllivan L, Hansen H, O’Connor P, Schottenfeld, R, and D Fiellin: “Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment into Office-Based Practice: A Qualitative Study.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 24(2):218-25
2009 Alarcón RD, Becker AE, Lewis-Fernández R, Like RC, Desai P, Foulks E, Gonzales J, Hansen H, Kopelowicz A, Lu FG, Oquendo MA, Primm A; Cultural Psychiatry Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry “Issues for DSM-V: The role of culture in psychiatric diagnosis.” Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 2009 Aug;197(8):559-660
2008 Hansen H: “Bipolar Disorder as Culture Bound Syndrome: A Book Review.” American Journal of Psychiatry, Resident’s Edition, 165(10):A44-5
2006 Alegria M, Page JB, Hansen H, Cauce AM, Robles R. Blanco C, Cortes DE, Amaro H,
Morales A, Berry P: "Improving drug treatment services for Hispanics: research gaps and scientific opportunities." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 84 Suppl 1:S76-84.
2006 Reisman AB, Hansen H, Rastegar, A. 2006 "The craft of writing: a physician-writer's workshop for resident physicians." Journal of General Internal Medicine 21(10):1109-11.
2005 Hansen H: "Isla Evangelista-a Story of Church and State: Puerto Rico's
Faith-Based Initiatives." Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 29(4):433-56.
2004 Hansen H: “Faith-Based Treatment for Addiction in Puerto Rico.” JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 291(23):2882.
2004 Hansen H, Alegría M, Peña M, et al.: “Drug Treatment, Health and Social Service Utilization by Substance Abusing Women from a Community-Based Sample.” Medical Care 42(11):1117-1124.
2003 Hansen H and N Groce: “Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Quarantine in Cuba.” JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 290(21):2875.
2003 Alegria M, Page B, Hansen H, Cauce AM, Robles R, Blanco C, Cortes D, Amaro H, Morales A, and P Berry.: “Improving Dug Treatment Services for Hispanics.” National Strategic Plan on Hispanic Drug Abuse Research. National Hispanic Science Network and Institute on Urban Health Research, Boston.
2002 Hansen H, Lopez-Iftikhar M, and Alegria M: “Economy of Risk and Respect: Accounts of HIV Risk Taking among Puerto Rican Sex Workers.” Journal of Sex Research 39(4):292-301.
2001 Hansen H and Groce N: “From Quarantine to Condoms: Shifting Policies and Problems of HIV Control in Cuba.” Medical Anthropology 19:259-292.
2001 Rebhun LA and Hansen H: “Rural Drug Use.” In Handbook of Rural Health, S. Loue and B. Quill, Eds., Kluwer Academic Press, New York.
Current News and Projects
Updated March 2013
Documentary Film on the Pharmaceuticalization of Addiction Treatment by Race and Class
I am now in post-production of a one hour film that examines the historical and contemporary political economic forces shaping treatment for opiate addiction in the U.S., through the narratives of three patients and interviews with policy makers, addiction specialists, and social analysts. At stake is an emerging two-tiered system of opioid maintenance treatment, with office-based buprenorphine for affluent prescription opioid users and highly restrictive methadone maintenance for low income heroin injectors. Also at stake is fading attention to the need for people with addiction to find social connection, meaning, and assistance with the non- biological aspects of their recovery.
NIDA K Award to Study the Medical Mainstreaming of Addiction Treatment
I have been awarded a 5 year grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to investigate the effects of mainstreaming addiction treatment into primary care clinics using the opioid maintenance pharmaceutical buprenorphine on the stigma experienced by patients, the composition of their social networks, and on the way that participating clinics deliver care.
Mellon Foundation Grant for a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures
“A Post-Genomic Embrace of the Human? The Social Science and Humanities of Non-Reductionist Life Sciences”
I have been awarded, along with co-investigators Rayna Rapp, Emily Martin, Troy Duster, Faye Ginsburg, Ann Morning, Patrick Sharkey and Florencia Torche, a two year grant to assemble science studies scholars and life scientists to explore the potential for social science and humanities scholars to contribute to the development of non-reductionist lifes sciences. Our starting point for discussion will be new developments in epigenetics and neuroplasticity, which call for a sophisticated understanding of the interaction of environment with biology.
With Jonathan Metzl, Director of Vanderbilt’s Cener for Medicine, Health, and Society, I organized a conference on Structural Competency at NYU in 2012 , which was so successful that we have been invited to organize a symposium on the topic at UCSF on April 12, and a second NYU conference on June 7. Structural Competency denotes the call for clinical practitioners and health care organizations to develop the knowledge, perception, and skills to intervene at levels above individual patients to address inequalities in health, by acting on institutions, policies and social structures that determine health outcomes. See structuralcompetency.org for more information.