Jennifer Hanson

Major Jennifer A. Hanson
Faculty - Graduate Program in Nutrition
Education and Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Human Nutrition, Kansas State University (2011)
Dietetic Internship, University of Alabama, Birmingham (2002)
Master of Science in Nutrition, University of Nevada, Reno (2000)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1989)
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Commission on Dietetic Registration (2013)
ServSafe® Instructor and Proctor Certification, National Restaurant Association (2014)


Dr. Hanson teaches Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism. She is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and in her civilian life serves as Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Kansas State University. Her professional experiences include clinical, teaching, research, and administrative roles.

In her spare time, Dr Hanson enjoys playing tennis and supports the local food movement and the Farmer Veteran Coalition.
Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Hanson’s research interests include omega-3 fatty acids, psychological health, food safety, and health promotion. Currently, she is examining food-handling behaviors among adults, working on a project to develop new seasonal menus for military childcare and youth services programs, and developing a protocol to determine the effect of allele variants of the apolipoprotein E gene (E4) on the relationship between dietary omega-3 intake, biomarker status, and psychometric outcomes


Hanson J, Dretsch M, Junnila J, Johnston D, Haub M. Dietary supplement use among soldiers deploying to combat. Journal of the American Dietetic Association; 2011, 111(9) supplement, A30.

Lin Y, Hanson J, Strandjord S, Hibbeln J. Microwave irradiation accelerated fatty acid analysis and its application in finger-pricked whole blood samples of deploying soldiers. Presented at the 10th biennial scientific meeting of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), 26-30 May, 2012, in Vancouver, Canada.

Hanson J, Lin Y, Strandjord S, Hibbeln J. The relationship between Omega-3 HUFA Score and dietary intake of EPA and DHA among US Soldiers. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2013, 113 (9) supplement, A26.

Hanson J, Phillips L, Kim Y, Corson K, Hughes S. The relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptomatology and nutrition-related health behaviors among university athletes and non-athletes. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2013, 113 (9) supplement, A86.

Liu P, Hanson J, Hughes S. Investigation of tailgaters’ food-handling behaviors. Presented at the International Association for Food Protection, 3-6 August, 2014, in Indianapolis, IN. Wallace W, Hanson J, Feigenberg S. Pope J, Erickson D, Tyer T. Nutrition-related clinical outcomes among head and neck radiation oncology patients. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2014, 114 (9) supplement, A32.

Hughes S, Hanson J, Liu P. Safe food-handling cues to action, perceived threat of foodborne illness, and food-handling behaviors among adults attending a tailgating event. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2014, 114 (9) supplement, A90.

J Hanson, Johnston D, Bradley R, Harris W. Fish/Seafood Consumption, Dietary Intake of EPA and DHA, and Omega-3 Index among Deployed U.S. Military Personnel. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2015, 115 (9) supplement, A22.

J Hanson, Johnston D, Dretsch M, Lin N, Haub M. Food Sources Utilized by U.S. Soldiers Deployed on Overseas Combat Tours. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2015, 115 (9) supplement, A59.


Hanson J, Haub M, Walker J, Johnston D, Nelson Goff, B, Dretsch M. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder subtypes and their relation to cognitive functioning, mood states, and combat stress symptomatology in deploying U.S. soldiers. Military Medicine; 2012, 6; 655-662.

Hanson J, Rosenkranz R, Holcomb C, Haub M. Content validity and reliability of a food frequency questionnaire to measure eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid intakes in young adults: A pilot study. Functional Foods in Health and Disease; 2012, 2(12); 501-507.

Lin Y, Hanson J, Strandjord S, Salem, N, Dretsch, M, Haub M, Hibbeln J. Fast transmethylation of total lipids in dried blood by microwave irradiation and its application to a population study. Lipids; 2014, 49(8); 839-51.

Hanson J, Hughes S, Liu P Use of Health Belief Model Variables To Examine Self-Reported Food-Handling Behaviors in a Sample of U.S. Adults Attending a Tailgate Event. Journal of Food Protection (In Press).