Sophie Hanna

Sophie Hanna

Project Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Sophie Hanna


Sophie joined the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice in January 2024. Prior to working at the CBHJ, Sophie dedicated nearly four years to community-based research at Wayne State University's Institute of Gerontology. During that time, she worked on a study that aimed to address the serious disparity in dementia outcomes among older African Americans. Before Sophie’s position at the Institute of Gerontology, she worked for three years as a research assistant at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. There, she helped to research mindfulness intervention and mental health outcomes for teachers and caregivers of infants and toddlers. Sophie is now working to complete her master's in social work at Wayne State University. During her social work education, she has interned at two community mental health organizations, providing therapy to individuals with serious mental illness.


Sophie serves as a project coordinator for the Assisted Outpatient Treatment and Courts initiative. She serves as the primary liaison within counties, navigating relationships between systems and county partners - including community mental health, county jail, probation/parole, courts, peer supports, and first responders - and implements evaluation design including data collection, surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.S.W., Wayne State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Wayne State University 



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