Steven Hanna has been appointed as the acting vice-dean and executive director of the School of Rehabilitation Science of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
He is a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
"After about 20 years of working with colleagues in the School of Rehabilitation Science, I've come to appreciate the school's reputation for excellence in clinical education and research, but also the importance of its distinctive voice within the Faculty of Health Sciences," said Hanna. "I'm looking forward to having a role in supporting the transition to new leadership."
He will serve in the interim role, which started on July 15, until the process of selecting a permanent vice-dean concludes.
Hanna has a BSc in psychology from the University of Toronto, as well as an MA and PhD, both in psychology, from Western University.
He held a joint appointment from 2001 to 2017 in McMaster's School of Rehabilitation Science and was a scientist at the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. His research has a focus primarily on quantitative approaches to research design and analysis with frequent applications to developmental and health services problems in childhood disability, as well as a variety of areas of clinical epidemiology and health services research.
Hanna has held a number of leadership and administrative roles at the university, among which were two terms on the university's senate, and eight years as assistant dean of the Health Research Methods Graduate Program. He is currently the chair of the university budget committee and also serves on the Faculty's finance committee.
"Dr. Hanna's extensive experience in academic leadership and administration will ensure the excellent work of the School of Rehabilitation Science continues," said Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences.