David M. Hansen

School of Education - Educational Psychology
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois
Primary office:
785-864-1874
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 642
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Dr. Hansen is an associate professor at the University of Kansas in the School of Education where he teaches and maintains an active research program as a graduate faculty member. He completed his doctorate (2001) and post-doctorate experience (2001 to 2007) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a developmental scientist with an applied research focus. His expertise is on adolescent development and learning in a variety of out-of-school settings, including the full range of organized youth activities (e.g., extracurricular, community-based programs). Dr. Hansen is particularly invested in understanding how adolescents from impoverished communities learn “real-world” skills and competencies needed for adult life and engaged citizenship, such as strategic planning, engagement with challenge, initiative, teamwork, and leadership. He argues that adolescence is the second critical period of human development when an adolescent is neuro-developmentally primed to learn adult-like, real-world skills and competencies. Prior to returning to pursue graduate degrees, Dr. Hansen helped start a non-profit organization in Chicago whose aim was to provide the means for local faith-based organizations to hire full-time staff to assist in addressing issues of poverty and education an a community.

Education

Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois

M.S., Developmental Psychology, Illinois State University

B.A., International Ministries, Moody Bible Institute

Selected Publications

Hansen, D. M, & Jessop, N. (2017). A Context for Self-Determination and Agency: Adolescent Developmental Theories. In M. L Wehmeyer, K. A Shogren, T. D Little, & S. J Lopez (Eds.), Development of Self-Determination Through the Life-Course (pp. 27-46).

Herrmann, S. D, & Hansen, D. M (2015). Active Voice: Fitness and Academic Achievement in Children — Not Necessarily a Straightforward Association . Sports Medicine Bulletin,(March 3).

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Selected Presentations

Hansen, D. & Jessop, N. (07/31/2017). The History, Evolutions, and Future of the Youth Experience Survey. International Society of Sport Psychology . Sevilla, Spain

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 2001
  • M.S., Developmental Psychology, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1997
  • B.A., International Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 1991

Specializations

Adolescent development in the non-formal settings, including out-of-school activities and employment; processes of real-world decision making and initiative.

Courses

Dept Number Course Name Syllabus
EPSY 704 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning Processes in Education syllabus
EPSY 705 Human Development through the Lifespan syllabus
EPSY 715 Understanding Research in Education syllabus
EPSY 800 Development During Youth and Adulthood syllabus
EPSY 980 Advanced Topics: _____ syllabus

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