Position title: Board Secretary, Board of Visitors, Since 2016
BA, 1969, Sociology, Case Western Reserve University
MA,1969, Sociology, Case Western Reserve University
PhD, 1974, Sociology, Medical Sociology, UW-Madison
Janet says that her Sociology education has allowed her to teach pre-medical students how social factors matter in health and health care and to design interventions to help pregnant women reduce their alcohol consumption and have healthier babies.
Dr. Hankin is professor of sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she served as the Department Chair four times. She was an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Wayne State University.
After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Hankin was a Research Scientist at The Johns Hopkins University and moved to Detroit in 1986. As chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, Dr. Hankin was the co-editor of an Extra Issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior celebrating 50 years of medical sociology. Her research has focused on primary care and mental disorder, and the prevention of drinking during pregnancy.
Janet and her husband, Allen Goodman, live in Detroit.