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About Janet S. Hahn Ph.D.

Janet S. Hahn earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1992 and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College in 1982. Dr. Hahn is currently coordinator of the new Western Michigan University Center for Gerontology with an appointment as assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services. Her career has focused on aging/geriatric issues in both the public and private organizations. Her research focuses on respect for older individuals in need of long-term care as well as the quality of health care.
Dr. Hahn has been actively involved in research and evaluation, most recently serving as the Senior Outcomes Research Manager for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to that, she served as Coordinator, Midwestern Geriatric Education Center and assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Midwestern University. She held research and leaderships roles at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and several leadership roles at geriatric-related organizations. Dr. Hahn has held part-time instructional positions at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, University of Minnesota, and at Western Michigan University. In addition to her current academic role at Western Michigan University, she is president of Jan Hahn Consulting, focusing on evaluation, planning, and organizational improvement services.
Dr. Hahn’s professional service includes leadership roles at, among others, the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America, the Illinois Department on Aging and Illinois Office of Mental Health Systems Integration Task Force, and the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers. Specific examples of her leadership include chair of the Ethnogeriatrics Task Force of the National Association of Geriatric Education Center from 2003-2005 and convener of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America from 2002-2004.
Under her previous name, Janet S. Severance, Dr. Hahn has published a number of professional articles. These have appeared in the Journal of Community Health Nursing; Evaluation and the Health Professions; Seniors Housing and Care Journal; Gerontology and Geriatrics Education;
Southwest Journal on Aging; Caring Magazine; The American Journal of Alzheimer's Care Facilities and Related Disorders Research; and Sociological Quarterly. Dr. Hahn was principal investigator in “Describing Culture Change in Illinois Nursing Homes” from the Illinois Department of Public Health; coordinator and co-author, Physician Assistant Geriatric Education Enhancement Project; and coordinator of The Midwestern Geriatric Education Center, both funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. She has also held numerous contracts as an independent evaluation research consultant focusing on the evaluation of aging services.
Dr. Hahn began her interest in gerontology as an undergraduate and continued her training as a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Pre-Doctoral Traineeship through the Midwest Council for Social Research in Aging from 1984-87.


Present Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Services, Western Michigan University
Present Coordinator, Center for Gerontology, Western Michigan University

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