Position title: Psychologist; Assessment Specialist; Coordinator of Data, Quality, & Informatics
- BA, Luther College
- MS, Illinois Institute of Technology
- PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology
- Postdoctoral fellowship, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Bjorn Hanson joined UHS as an assessment specialist in 2014 from the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee where he worked with veterans of all ages. Working in a college health environment, Hanson is energized by young adults “who are motivated to make positive changes.”
In his role as an assessment specialist, Hanson supports students and their UHS providers by evaluating their needs and answering questions that can guide treatment or provide insight. Assessments are usually completed in one to three one-hour sessions, and can include self-report surveys, personality testing, and clinical interviews. “We want to understand what the person experiences and determine the best way to help,” says Hanson.
When the assessment is complete, Hanson schedules a feedback session with the student to go over the results and discuss treatment options moving forward. “The goal of the assessment is to get students the best care we can offer, or provide them with information to help them to make the best decision for their well-being.”
In addition to the concerns that may bring a student to C&CS Hanson says, students often have questions about what counseling will be like.
“I encourage students to come in and have a conversation with us to find out what we’re about, or to check out our on-campus outreach programs like Let’s Talk. “We’re accessible, we’re here to be supportive, and we want to meet you.”