Jandy Hanna, Ph.D., M.S.B.

Jandy Hanna, Ph.D., M.S.B.
Associate Dean, Research and Sponsored Programs
Lab: Clinical & Translational Science Center
Office: A310A Main building
Email: jhanna@osteo.wvsom.edu
Office: (304) 647-6366
Fax: (304) 793-6884


Education / Training

B.S./B.A. Anthropology/Biology, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Ph.D. Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, Durham, NC

M.S.B. Research Ethics, Clarkson University, Capital Campus, Schenectady, NY/Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY

Research Interests

My research investigates the biomechanics of movement in primates, particularly vertical movement. Primates are an arboreal radiation and must move a 3-dimensional environment.

Movement in the vertical dimension is thought to have played a role in the evolution of upright posture. Thus, comparative work on how non-human primates with varied anatomy move in this dimension provides insight into the effects of varied human anatomy on tasks such as climbing, stair walking, and activities that involve large extension.

Data collection for this research is conducted at other institutions and analyzed at WVSOM.

My research also examines various types of human movement and students are mentored in how to develop their own research questions and projects regarding human movement.

Selected Scholarly Activity

  • Hanna, JB. (2020). Biomechanics of loris locomotion.  In: Behaviour, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology of Lorises and Pottos (Nekaris, KA, Burrows, AM, Editors). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 138-152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108676526.013

  • Goodcoff, A, Bialczak, A, Keane, D, Ziner, E, Hanna, JB (2019). Point-of-care ultrasound integration in undergraduate medical education: a student-driven approach. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.  119(3):e11-e16. https://dx.doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.033

  • Granatosky, MA, Schmitt, D, Hanna, JB. (2019). Spatiotemporal gait characteristics during vertical climbing are meant to maximize stability and security in primates. Journal of Experimental Biology.  222: jeb 185702. https://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.185702       

  • Granatosky, M, Bryce, C, Hanna, JB, Fitzsimmons, A, Laird, M, Stilson, K, Wall, C, Ross, C. (2018). Inter-stride variability triggers gait transitions in mammals and birds. 285.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1766

  • Hanna, JB, Granatosky, MC, Rana, P, Schmitt, D. (2017) The evolution of vertical climbing in primates: evidence from reaction forces. Journal of Experimental Biology. 220(17). https://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.157628

  • Hanna, JB (2017) Climbing. In: International Encyclopedia of Primatology, edited by Augustin Fuentes, Wiley Blackwell Publishers. 1-2. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119179313.wbprim0070

  • Horner, A., Hanna, JB, Biknevicius, A. (2016) Crouching to fit in: the energetic cost of locomotion in tunnels.  Journal of Experimental Biology. 219: 3420-3427. https://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.132449

  • Thompson, AR, Scopa Kelso, R, Ward, P, Wines, K, Hanna, JB. (2016) Assessment driven learning: the use of higher-order and discipline-integrated questions on gross anatomy practical examinations.  Medical Science Educator.  26(4): 587-596. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40670-016-0306-z

  • Ostermann, K, Ridpath, L and JB Hanna. (2016) Pilot study of self-reported minimalist running injury incidence and type. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 116(8):512-520. https://dx.doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2016.104

  • Johnson, L, Hanna, JB and D Schmitt (2015) Single-limb force data for two lemur species while vertically climbing. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 158(3):463-474, https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.22803

  • Hanna, JB, Schmitt, D, Wright, K, Eschar, Y, Visalberghi, E, and D Fragaszy (2015). Kinetics of bipedal locomotion during load carrying in capuchin monkeys. Journal of Human Evolution. 85: 149-156. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.05.006

  • Fredericks, W, Swank, S, Teisberg, M, Hampton, B, Ridpath, L, and JB Hanna (2015). Lower extremity biomechanical relationships with different speeds in traditional, minimalist, and barefoot footwear. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 14(2): 276-283. https://www.jssm.org/gecc.php?id=jssm-14-276.xml

  • Hanna, JB and D Schmitt (2011). Comparative triceps surae morphology in primates: a review. Anatomic Research International. Volume 2011, https://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/191509

  • Hanna, JB, Schmitt, D, and TM Griffin (2008). The energetic cost of climbing in primates. Science. 320: 898. https://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1155504

*(For a full list go to https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jandy_Hanna)