Heidi A Hanson

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Heidi A Hanson portrait
  • Research Scientist, Utah Population Database, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Surgery
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sociology Department
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences
  • Research Assistant Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
  • Co-Leader CTSA Early Life Exposures Working Group, Clinical and Tranlational Science Awards, Lifespan Domain Task Force



  • MS, Sociology, University of Utah
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Utah. Project: Understanding the Determinants of Aging and Longevity: The influence of the social environment, biology, and heritability throughout the life course


Dr. Hanson is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health and a research associate at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is a sociologist and biodemographer. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Health, Graduate Certificate in Demography, and MS and PhD in Sociology with a public health empasis at the University of Utah. She has worked as a member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Pedigree and Population Resource group as a computer programmer and research associate.
The goal of her research is to promote healthy aging and longevity by understanding the genetic and environmental determinants of health throughout the life course. Specific areas of research include understanding how environmental influences in utero and early childhood affect later life health, the relationship between fertility and later life health, genetic determinants of longevity, familial predisposition to obesity and the interaction with social and physical environments, and familial, community, and socioeconomic factors affecting health outcomes.


  • Cancer Control and Population Sciences (CCPS), Member, 07/01/2015 - present
  • Genitourinary Malignancy Disease Oriented Team (GUMDOT), Member, 06/01/2015 - present
  • Clinical and Transnational Science Award Lifespan Taskforce (CTSA Lifespan), Member, 04/01/2015 - present
  • Consortium for Families and Health Research (C-FAHR), Member, 09/15/2014 - present
  • Center on Aging (COA), Member, 05/28/2014 - present

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Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Africa
  • Canada