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Dean of Nursing & Health Professions

Professor of Physical Therapy


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Health Education, Administration Track, Temple University
  • Master's in Public Administration (MPA), University of Kansas
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Kansas
  • Summer Work in Epidemiology, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Health Policy
  • Health Behavior
  • Women's Health
  • Adolescent Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Health Prevention and Promotion
  • Women in Sports


Susan Hanrahan, PhD is a Professor of Physical Therapy and Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State University. Susan holds degrees from the University of Kansas (BS in Physical Therapy and Master's in Public Administration) and Temple University (PhD in Health Education). She completed summer work at the University of Michigan in Epidemiology.

Her research interests are in adolescent health, women's health and health policy.

Susan has held national leadership positions with the Association of Schools of Advancing Health Professions, Washington, DC, and the Allied Health Research Institute, St. Louis. In Arkansas, she serves as Past Chair of the Steering Committee for the Regional Board Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), is a past Chair of the Health Policy Board, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, Little Rock past chair of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission and served on the Governor's Roundtable for Health Care. She was also a member of the State Healthcare Workforce Planning Task Force. She was appointed by the Mayor Harold Perrin to the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Commission for the City of Jonesboro.

She also holds or has held positions on various boards in the Jonesboro community including the Center on Aging NE, Craighead County Community Foundation, St Bernards Women's Health, Our Kids Count Coalition, YMCA, American Heart Association, Regional Chamber of Commerce, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Women's Discovery Center, Hispanic Community Services Inc, Residential Housing and Health Care Facilities, City Water & Light, Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House Steering Committee and NEA Clinic Charitable Foundation. She was on the founding board of five of those organizations.