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Marissa Hansen

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

B.A., Psychology and Hispanic Literature, Boston University, 1998
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Southern California, 2001
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Southern California, 2011







Biographical Information

Dr. Hansen's research addresses disparities in service utilization, treatment adherence, and functional outcomes among vulnerable adult and older adult populations experiencing co-morbid health and mental health disorders.  Her work informs the development and adaptation of behavioral health interventions for ethnically diverse populations receiving services in public care settings while considering relevant sociocultural factors to enhance implementation and treatment outcomes.  Dr. Hansen’s expertise extends to supporting methodological considerations in community-based research with ethnically and racially diverse populations, specifically Latinos.  She has completed several funded studies and published on the interplay between psychosocial factors in the management of care needs over the life course for those with depression, anxiety, and experiences with trauma. 

Dr. Hansen has extensive practice experience in community based care settings as a clinician and conducting program evaluation, development and management.  She teaches Community Practice, Human Behavior, Individual and Group Practice with Older Adults, and Assessment Approaches in Social Work Practice.

Curriculum Vitae - Marissa Hansen

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Office Location: Social Sciences/Public Administration Building (SSPA) 127
Phone: (562) 985-2110
Fax: (562) 985-5514


  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Applied Projects I and II - Integrated Health and Adulthood & Aging Specialization
  • Social Work Leadership and Management


  • Behavioral Health Interventions practice and research
  • Mental Health Disparities among diverse adult and older adult populations
  • Culturally-grounded practice with vulnerable underserved populations, specifically Latinos