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Sandra K. Hanneman


Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professor for Nursing Research


Department of Research

Dr. Hanneman is the Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professor for Nursing Research and tenured professor in the Department of Research. She conducts laboratory and clinical research on circadian rhythms in adult ICU patients on mechanical ventilation and ICU staff, including the effects of light-at-night on circadian rhythms. She also conducts clinical trials to test the efficacy and safety of interventions to prevent and manage pulmonary complications, and participates in clinical trials that involve inflammatory biomarkers in cancer patients with dyspnea and delirium. Dr. Hanneman was the 1994 University of Florida College of Nursing Outstanding Alumna and 2000 Distinguished Research Lecturer of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She serves on advisory boards of patient advocacy not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Hanneman teaches research measurement in the PhD program and pathophysiology in the BSN program. She mentors BSN honors program and PhD students and junior faculty. In May 2014, 2017, and 2019, the School’s undergraduate students voted Dr. Hanneman their choice for the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award.


Texas Women’s University, Houston, TX
1985 - 1990

University of California, San Francisco, CA
Master of Science in Nursing - Pulmonary Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
1977 – 1979

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
1966 – 1970

Clinical/Research Focus

Dr. Hanneman’s clinical focus is critically ill patients at risk for pulmonary complications. Her research focus is circadian rhythms, measurement, and clinical biomarkers.