Ellen Hahn PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Marcia A. Dake Professorship

Ellen J. Hahn is an Alumni Professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at UK and Director of BREATHE including the Tobacco Policy Research Program, the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP), and the Radon Policy Research Program. She holds the Marcia A. Dake Endowed Professorship in the College of Nursing. Dr. Hahn is Associate Director for the Center for Health Services Research, Faculty Associate at UK’s NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center, and facilitator for the Lung Cancer Translational Research Group. Dr. Hahn received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She earned a Master of Arts in Health Education from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in community health nursing from Indiana University. In 1992, she completed a PhD in health policy/health of the community with a minor in substance abuse and the family at Indiana University School of Nursing. Through KCSP, Dr. Hahn and her colleagues have assisted many of Kentucky’s 42 communities to go smoke-free. Hahn and colleagues have published multiple smoke-free workplace policy outcome studies showing positive health effects and no harm to business. In 2011, Dr. Hahn was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Hahn was named the 2012 UK Provost’s Public Scholar, and is Ambassador for Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 257-2358

Fax: (859) 323-1057

Email: ejhahn00@email.uky.edu



PhD, Indiana University, 1992
MSN, Indiana University, 1991
MA, Ohio State University, 1977
BSN, Case Western Reserve University, 1975


Tobacco policy research; lung cancer prevention; radon risk reduction


Dr. Ellen Hahn's CV


Overfield, B. L. Andrews, W. M. Robertson, H. Rayens, M. K. Hahn, E. J. Radon research collaboration between the Kentucky Geological Survey and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing: An innovative partnership. (2016), Geological Society of American Special Papers (520), 267-271.

Ickes, M. J. Butler, K. M. Rayens, M. K. Noland, M. Wiggins, A. Hahn, E. J. Tips from former smokers campus campaign: effects on college students. (2016), Health Education Research 47 (5), 324-331.

Noland, M. Ickes, M. J. Rayens, M. K. Butler, K. M. Social Influences on Use of Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes and Hookah in College Students. (2016), Journal of American College Health, in progress 64 (4), 319-328.

Rayens, M. K. Butler, K. M. Wiggins, A. T. Kostygina, G. Langley, R. E. Hahn, E. J. (in press) Recall and effectiveness of messages promoting smoke-free policies in rural communities. (2016), Nicotine & Tobacco Research 18 (5), 1340-1347.

Okoli, C. T. Rayens, M. K. Wiggins, A. T. Ickes, M. J. Butler, K. M. Hahn, E. J. (in press) Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and susceptibility to smoking, perceived addiction, and psychobehavioral symptoms among college students . (2016), Journal of American College Health 64 (2), 96-103.


Ickes, M. J., Wiggins, A. T., Hahn, E. J. 2016, September. Promoting walking for transportation in a university community.. Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place, Vancouver, Canada.

Ickes, M. J., Wiggins, A. T., Rayens, M. K., Hahn, E. J. 2016, October. Students’ perceived effectiveness of a campus tobacco-free policy. . World Conference on Lung Health, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Rayens, M. K., Ickes, M. J., Butler, K. M., Wiggins, A. T., Anderson, D. G., Hahn, E. J. 2016, November. University students perceived risk of and intention to use hookah and e-cigarettes. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting , Denver, CO United States.

Ickes, M. J., , B., Hahn, E. J. 2016, May. Readiness for physical activity policy in an Appalachian community. . Appalachian Research Day, Center for Rural Health, Hazard, KY United States.

Ickes, M. J., Hahn, E. J., Wiggins, A. T., , P. 2016, April. Impact of Kentucky Governor Beshear’s tobacco-free executive order. . CCTS Spring Conference, CCTS, Lexington, KY United States.


Clean Indoor Air Partnership Radon
Project Period: Friday, July 1, 2016
Total Award: $130,000
Sponsor: Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH)
Radon and Tobacco Smoke Exposure Biomarkers of Lung Cancer Risk
Project Period: Friday, July 1, 2016
Total Award: $150,000
Sponsor: UK Markey Cancer Center KLCRP Program
Biomarkers of Genotoxicity, Tobacco Smoke and Radon Exposure
Project Period: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Total Award: $50,000
Sponsor: The Markey Cancer Center
Mobilizing an Army of Smoke-Free Advocates in Kentucky
Project Period: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Total Award: $1,000,000
Sponsor: American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation
Radon Measurement and Mitigation Training Project
Project Period: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Total Award: $17,857
Sponsor: Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals (KARP)