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Hannah Fraley

Hannah Fraley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UMass Lowell.
Hannah E Fraley, PhD, RNAssistant Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentSusan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone(978) 934-3972
  • OfficeHealth and Social Sciences Building - HSB 2nd Floor
  • EmailHannah_Fraley1@uml.edu

Biography

Hannah Fraley is passionate about social inclusion, health equity and health access. Her research program centers on the pervasive problem of child sex trafficking among U.S. school-aged youth. She is conducting research with school nurses in Massachusetts and nationally to understand what school nurses know about child sex trafficking and how they view their role in prevention. She is also studying school teachers and guidance counselors to understand their perspectives about child sex trafficking, their role in prevention and their perceptions about the school nursing role. This work serves to inform development of multidisciplinary education interventions targeting school teams to bring awareness of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), a range of crimes and activities involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child for the financial benefit of any person or in exchange for anything of value. A key finding in her study of CSEC and school nurses illuminated that students with disabilities face a higher risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking. Findings will be used to inform inclusive practices in schools and to continue work to reduce risk of trafficking. Fraley received a BSN from Simmons College, an MSN in Leadership from California State University and a PhD from UMass Boston.