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PhD, Indiana University, 1992
MSN, Indiana University, 1991
MA, Ohio State University, 1977
BSN, Case Western Reserve University, 1975


Tobacco policy research; lung cancer prevention; radon risk reduction


Ellen  Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN


Ellen Hahn received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She earned a Master of Arts in Health Education from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in community health nursing from Indiana University. In 1992, she completed a doctorate in health policy/health of the community with a minor in substance abuse and the family at Indiana University School of Nursing.

Dr. Hahn is a professor in the College of Nursing and College of Public Health at UK, and she directs the Clean Indoor Air Partnership and Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy. She is co-director of the College of Nursing's NIH-funded Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease. She also is a faculty associate at the UK Prevention Research Center, an associate at the UK Center for Health Services Management and Research, and a faculty member of the UK Markey Cancer Center. 

Dr. Hahn was awarded a fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse Program (2000-2003). The fellowship was used to enhance her tobacco policy research skills. Her current research focuses on promoting smoke-free policy in Kentucky, particularly in rural areas, and radon risk reduction. She directs the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy, created in 2004 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center continues to receive funding from other agencies, including Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Dr. Hahn's research on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention with young children and families has been reported in a variety of journals including the Journal of Drug Education, Journal of School Health, American Journal of Health Behavior, Education, and Promotion, Public Health Nursing, and Nursing Research.

Dr. Hahn has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership in health education and smoke-free policy research. In 1998, she received the Sara C. Stice Award for outstanding contribution in the field of health education from the Kentucky Public Health Association. In 1999, she received the D. Jean Wood Award for Nursing Scholarship from the Southern Nursing Research Society. In 2000, she was appointed to the Kentucky Governor's Council Expert Panel on Youth Substance Abuse Prevention. She was awarded the 2004 John D. Slade, MD, Memorial Advocacy Award from the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs section of the American Public Health Association. In 2006, the Kentucky Nurses Association Board of Directors named her the Nurse Researcher of the Year, and the University of Kentucky recognized her efforts to promote the health of Kentuckians with the William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Service. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department selected her as a 2007 Public Health Hero for her role in developing Lexington's smoke-free ordinance. In 2008 her Clean Indoor Air Partnership was designated a Commonwealth Collaborative. In 2010, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Researcher Hall of Fame and in 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Hahn received the University of Kentucky Provost’s Public Scholar Award in 2012.


Hahn, E. J., Rayens, M. K., Kercsmar, S. E., Robertson, H. , Adkins, S. M. (2014). Results of a Test and Win Contest to raise radon awareness in urban and rural settings. American Journal of Health Education, 45 (2), 112-118.

Butler, K. M., Rayens, M. K., Ashford, K. B., Adkins, S. , Gombeski, B. , Hahn, E. J. (2014). Smoke-free homes, strength of smoke-free law, and children in the home. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16 (4), 485-490.

Butler, K. M., Butler, K. M., Rayens, M. K., Adkins, S. , Record, R. , Langley, R. , Derifield, S. , McGinn, C. , Murray, D. A., Hahn, E. J. (2014). Culturally-specific smoking cessation outreach in a rural community. Public Healthing Nursing, 31 (1), 44-54.

Butler, K. M., Begley, D. , Riker, C. A., Gokun, Y. , Anderson, D. G., Adkins, S. , Record, A. , Hahn, E. J.. (in press) Smoke-free coalition cohesiveness in rural tobacco-growing communities. Journal of Community Health.

Rayens, M. K., Hahn, E. J., Fernander, A. F., Okoli, C. T. (2013). Racially classified social group differences in cigarette smoking, nicotine dependence, and readiness to quit. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 24 (2), 71-81.

Ickes, M. J., Hahn, E. J., McCann, M. , Kercsmar, S. E. (2013). Tobacco-free Take Action! Increasing policy adherence on a college campus. World Medical and Health Policy, 5 (1), 47-56.



Butler, K.M., Rayens, M.K., Begley, K., Hahn, E.J. (2014, ).  Tobacco exposure, perceived risk, and lung cancer worry . 9th Annual Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Butler, K.M., Hahn, E.J. (2013, ).  Integrating community engagement into public health research. 8th Annual Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science , Lexington, KY.

Anand, V., Martin, C.A., McGinty, K., Hahn, E.J., Muse, A., Guenthner, G., O’Brien, K. (2013, October).  E-cigarette use among adolescents in a US tobacco-grosing state . AACAP Annual Meeting, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Orlando, FL.

Ickes, M.J., Hahn, E.J. (2013, April).  Training ambassadors to increase compliance on a tobacco-free campus. Society for Public Health Education Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Mejia, M.G., Hahn, E.J., Helme, D.W., Knudsen, H.K., Studts, J.L. (2013, March).  Consumer perspectives on electronic cigarettes: A content analysis. Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Hahn, E.J., Rayens, M.K., Butler, K.M., Ashford, K.B., Adkins, S. (2013, February).  Home smoking policies, strength of smoke-free law, and children in the home . Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Southern Nursing Research Society, Little Rock, AR.

Riker, C.A., Hahn, E.J., Lee, K., Robertson, H.E., Sidney, H. (2013, January).  Breathe Easy Floyd County. Indoor Air Quality Press Conference, Prestonsburg, KY.

Hahn, E.J., Rayens, M.K., York, N., Adkins, S. (2012, August).  Eliminating disparities by advancing smoke-free policy in rural communities. National Conference on Tobacco or Health, Kansas City, MO.

Hahn, E.J., Rayens, M.K., Frazier, S.K., Adkins, S. (2012, August).  Smoke-free policy and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease hospitalizations. National Conference on Tobacco or Health, Kansas City, MO.



FRESH: Dual Home Screening for Lung Cancer Prevention
Project Period: September/ 1/ 2012 - May/ 31/ 2017
Total Award: $2091760.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Demonstrating the Capacity of Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs
Project Period: September/ 30/ 2010 - September/ 29/ 2015
Total Award: $875000.00
Sponsor: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Healt

A population-based case-control study of lung cancer in Appalachian Kentucky: The role of environmental carcinogens
Project Period: September/ 15/ 2011 - October/ 14/ 2014
Total Award: $1430000.00
Sponsor: Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Prescription for Radon
Project Period: February/ 1/ 2014 - June/ 30/ 2014
Total Award: $25000.00
Sponsor: KY Department for Public Health

Community Partnerships for Tobacco Use Prevention (KDPH)
Project Period: July/ 1/ 2013 - June/ 30/ 2014
Total Award: $114263.00
Sponsor: KY Department for Public Health

Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center
Project Period: July/ 1/ 2012 - June/ 30/ 2014
Total Award: $570900.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

KCSP Spring Conference 2014
Project Period: April/ 1/ 2014 - May/ 29/ 2014
Total Award: $2750.00
Sponsor: Foundation for a Healthy KY

Promoting Responsive Smoke-and Tobacco-free Policy Adoption and Implementation
Project Period: April/ 1/ 2013 - March/ 31/ 2014
Total Award: $50000.00
Sponsor: Foundation for a Healthy KY