Visiting researcher profile: Lena Hann


Lena R. Hann, PhD, MPH is a visiting researcher at the Centre for Gender Research, originally from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where they serve as Associate Professor of Public Health, Affiliated Faculty in the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Scandinavian Studies programs, and Director of the Whole Person Health in Scandinavia study abroad program. 

Lena spent the formative years of her career working in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and abortion-providing clinics in the USA as a pregnancy options counselor, patient advocate, laboratory technician, sex educator, and health programs coordinator. Lena serves on the Membership Committee for the Abortion Care Network, is an Abortion Conversation Projects grant partner, and has presented their research to global audiences.

Lena R. Hann
Photo: Joelin Quigley Berg

What is your research about?
I study patient-centered pregnancy tissue viewing (PCV) in reproductive health settings. Specifically, I examine patient-provider communication about the fetus and how public fetal imagery and abortion discourse shape the PCV process. My research aims to help health providers understand internalized abortion stigma and develop patient-centered best practices; I authored Patient-Centered Pregnancy Tissue Viewing: Strategies and Best Practices for Independent Abortion Providers (2020; 2023), a medical best practices manual used in over 200 health clinics in North America. I’m currently exploring PCV approaches in Sweden and how historic, social, cultural, and political factors have shaped discussion about the fetus in public and private settings.

Research interests: Patient-centered abortion care; stigma; gender in health; sexual and reproductive health; innovating best practices

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Last modified: 2021-09-10