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About Ardis Hanson

Ardis Hanson, PhD, is an Assistant Director for Research and Education at the Shimberg Health Sciences Library at the University of South Florida (USF). Prior to joining the Shimberg Library,she was a Research Coordinator at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) at USF (5 years) and was the former director of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library (20 years). A University Librarian, Ardis received her doctorate in Communication, with a focus on organizational and health communication, and her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from the University of Tampa.

Her primary focus is on language and social interaction, that is, how language is used in everyday practice to negotiate claims and identities.  Who says what to whom and how it is said can provide insights into how  beliefs are framed,  the development of discursive styles, and intentions  to act.   This is seen in the provision of  behavioral health services, the creation of public policy, how work is accomplished in virtual teams, and in negotiations between individuals or groups. Recently, she has been exploring how disability and work are framed by vocational rehabilitation professionals as they work to help persons with TBI reenter the community and the workforce.

She holds adjunct teaching appointments in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Department of Child & Family Studies, the College of Public Health Department of Community and Family Health, and the College of Arts & Sciences Department of Communication. Recent classes include graduate courses in behavioral health, including Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Policy and Mental Health Informatics, and an undergraduate Public Speaking class. She has also taught courses for the School of Library and Information Science with an emphasis on classification and metadata.

A past president of the Association of Mental Health Librarians, Ardis is a Past President of the Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) and a member of its Executive Council. A Coordinator for mental health information for SANITAS, an ACURIL-repository project with services geared to facilitate access to health related information in the Caribbean region, she is currently chair of the Evidence-based Practices in Health Roundtable.

She currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (Springer) and Gerontechnology (International Society for Gerontechnology, Netherlands), and has served as grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and ZonMW, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development.


2016 - Present Assistant Director, University Librarian, Shimberg Health Sciences Library ‐ University of South Florida
2011 - 2016 Research Coordinator, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences ‐ University of South Florida
1991 - 2011 Director, Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library ‐ University of South Florida

Research Interests

Mental health services research and policy, Behavioral health policy and services research, Informatics, Disability Studies, Discourse analysis, Virtual libraries, and Disaster mental health

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Honors and Awards

  • ACURILEAN STAR 2008 for Excellence in Services for Special Communities
  • ACURILEAN STAR 2010 for Excellence in Research
  • Caribbean Information Professional of the Year 2013 (ACURIL)


  • Public Speaking
  • Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Policy
  • Mental Health Informatics
  • Fundamentals of Behavioral Health Systems
  • Community-Based Prevention in Behavioral Health
  • Technical Services in Libraries
  • Organization of Knowledge
  • Indexing and Abstracting
  • Nonbook Cataloguing

Contact Information

Phone: 813.974.6109

Articles (11)

Books (4)

Book Chapters (46)