Joan Earle Hahn

Dr. Joan Earle Hahn APRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, CDDN is associate professor in the Department of Nursing at the University of New Hampshire. Over the past twenty years, Dr. Hahn’s nursing and interdisciplinary research specializes in interventions to promote health and well being of people aging with disabilities to reduce health disparities and promote wellness and full participation in life activities. Dr. Hahn made Meghan Maguire’s interest in conducting international research on oral health possible by linking her with a team of researchers who were doing similar research at the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in South Brisbane, Australia. Meghan’s interest in what people with disabilities think about care of their teeth was a perfect match. “Meghan had a rich opportunity to see first-hand how research is conducted and how oral health is a huge health disparity,” said Dr. Hahn, “all the while getting to work with people with disabilities who provide the best education possible.” Dr. Hahn said that Meghan “had the qualities of a natural researcher from the beginning of design to completion of the study with dissemination like a pro.”

Dr. Hahn also mentored Inquiry author Kristen Manning (2012).