Dr. Hanson has been working on issues of inclusion throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, then at IBM Research where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. At RIT as well as the University of Dundee in Scotland, her research has focused on accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the aging population, and related research ethics. She is the Vice President of ACM and serves as a member of the ACM Executive Committee and Council, on the ACM-W Europe Executive Committee, and on the ACM Fellows Awards Committee (Chair, 2015). She is Vice President at Large of ACM SIGCHI and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. She has been honored with a Royal Society Research Merit Award, the Anita Borg Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact (2013), the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award (2008), and an IBM Corporate Award for Contributions to Accessibility (2009).
- PhD in Cognitive Psychology, University of Oregon
- MA in Cognitive Psychology, University of Oregon
- BA, University of Colorado
- ACM Vice President
- Fellow, ACM, for contributions to computing for people with disabilities
- Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh