Judy Hanrahan, JD, MA

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs & Learning Innovation; Assistant Professor, Bioethics, Humanism, and Policy

  • JD – American University Washington College of Law
  • MA – Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno
  • BA – Philosophy and Political Science, Univeristy of Nevada, Reno

Judy Hanrahan, JD, MA (she/her) is a lawyer and philosopher who joined Roseman College of Medicine in 2021 as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Learning Innovation and Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Humanism, and Policy. In her role as Assistant Dean, Ms. Hanrahan works closely with the senior leadership team at Roseman College of Medicine to create, manage, operate, and evaluate policies, procedures, and programs towards the recruitment and advancement of an inclusive, diverse, socially accountable, learner-centered, multidisciplinary faculty. She develops, designs, and creates faculty development training and materials focused on the incorporation of social justice topics in medical education. Prior to joining Roseman College of Medicine, Ms. Hanrahan co-founded and ran a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on LGBTQ+ resilience, empowerment, and education in Billings, Montana where she is a licensed attorney. She has nine years of experience consulting on nonprofit management, medical practice law, and medical practice ethics. She previously worked at the University of Nevada School of Medicine where she co-designed a vertically and horizontally integrated medical professionalism, ethics, and humanities curriculum. She has researched, written, and delivered seminars about disability discrimination in medical school admissions, due process rights for state medical students, the professionalization of African American midwifery in the American South, the criminalization of women’s reproductive choices, and the promise of peace studies as a platform for health science education and professional development towards eliminating health disparities and ensuring a humanistic healthcare workforce.

Teaching Areas:
  • Health Law and bioethics
  • Professionalism, humanism, and critical health humanities
Research Interests:
  • Assessment of ethics, humanities, law, and policy in health professions education
  • Peace leadership in healthcare
  • Identification and elimination of barriers in health science education and health care faced by historically marginalized populations including for racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and women
Service to Community:
  • Treasurer, Board of Directors of 406 Pride, 2018 – Present
  • Presenter, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2021
  • Volunteer, Roseman COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic, 2021
Select Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  1. Gillis M, Hanrahan, J. The promise of peace leadership for physician professional identity formation: charting the need for faculty development. In: Schellhammer E, ed. Evolution of Peace Leadership
  2. Gillis M, Hanrahan J. Article in search of an author: exciting collaboration or unethical conduct? MedEdPORTAL. Published online August 17, 2010:8142. doi:10.15766/mep_2374-8265.8142

Last updated: 01/30/2022