Marissa Hansen

Assistant Professor of Social Work Email:
Room: 414 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-5353
Current Cirriculum Vitae

Personal Statement:



B.A., Psychology and Hispanic Literature, Boston University, 1998
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Southern California, 2001
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Southern California, 2011
Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, School of Social Work & Roybal Institute on Aging, University of Southern California


Dr. Hansen's research addresses the influence of sociocultural factors on service utilization, treatment adherence, and functional outcomes in depression treatment for minority and older adult populations, specifically Latinos. Her work also encompasses the understanding of contextual factors and interventions to address mental health disparities among those with co-morbid health and mental health disorders. She has participated in several studies using quantitative and qualitative methods to assess service use behavior and adaptation of therapeutic interventions for minority populations.

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Selected Publications:

Hansen, M.C. & Aranda, M.P.  (in press).  Sociocultural influences on mental health service use by Latino older adults: Exploring the mediating and moderating role of social support.  Social Science & Medicine.

Hansen, M.C. & Cabassa, L. (in press) Pathways to Depression Care: Help-seeking Experiences of Latinos with Diabetes and Depression. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health

Palinkas, L.A.; Ell, K., Hansen, M., Cabassa, L., & Wells, A. (2010). Sustainability of Collaborative Care interventions
in primary care settings. Journal of Social Work, 11(1), 99-117.

Cabassa, L.J., Lagomasino, I.T., Dwight-Johnson, M., & Hansen, M.C., & Xie, B. (2008). Measuring Latinos’
Perceptions of Depression: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Illness Perception Questionnaire.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 4, 377-384.

Cabassa, L., Hansen, M., Palinkas, L., Ell, K. (2008) Azúcar y Nervios: Explanatory Models and Treatment
Experiences of Hispanics with Diabetes and Depression. Social Science and Medicine, 66, 2413-2424.

Cabassa, L. J. & Hansen, M.C. (2007) Depression treatments for Latino adults: A systematic review of effectiveness
studies. Social Work Research, 17 (4), 494-503.

Cabassa, L. J., Zayas, L. H., & Hansen, M.C. (2006). Latino adults’ access to mental health services: A review of
epidemiological studies. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33 (3), 316-330.