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Hannah Grace Lane

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
Box 90517, Durham, NC 27708-0517
215 Morris Street, Suite 210, Durham, NC 27701


I am an implementation scientist with expertise in mixed methods and community-engaged research. My research focuses on improve implementation of federal policies that increase access to nutritious foods and physical activity for children facing social and economic disadvantages.

My research centers around 3 primary focus areas:
(1) optimizing implementation of evidence-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices in child-serving settings (mostly schools);

(2) studying implementation flexibilities of federal child nutrition assistance policies during COVID-19

(3) engaging children and adolescents as active participants in implementation research, including developing and testing pragmatic, age-appropriate evaluation metrics;

The ultimate goal of my research is to develop and disseminate strategies that improve health-promoting policy implementation in under-resourced community settings and, ultimately, reduce pediatric health inequities

My methods expertise is broadly applicable across child and adolescent health outcomes and community settings. This expertise includes: implementation and dissemination methods, stakeholder-driven research, youth participatory research methods, mixed methods evaluation, pragmatic measures development (including rapid qualitative data collection and analysis), organizational capacity-building, theory-based program development, policy implementation.

Areas of Expertise: Implementation Science, Health Behavior, and Health Management

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2023 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2022 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Virginia Polytech Institute and State University · 2016 Ph.D.