Nora Hanna, MD is a board certified Child Psychiatrist and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She is also board certified in Adult Psychiatry, but her practice focuses on patients under 18. She completed an accelerated 6 year medical program which included graduating from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and then from the Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport in 1995.
She completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at Ochsner Medical Center and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Tulane in New Orleans, LA. Upon completing her training, Dr. Hanna moved to Connecticut and took a position at Hartford Hospital and the Institute of Living. During her 10 years there, she worked in many capacities. These included the hospital based outpatient practice and many campus programs. Included in the campus programs were two after school programs, a Partial/Intensive Outpatient Hospital program that both enabled children to return home following an inpatient psychiatric admission or for children trying to prevent an inpatient admission and an Extended Day Program for children, most of whom were in foster care, which focused on life skills through many group activities. Additionally, Dr. Hanna was the psychiatrist for the Grace S. Webb High School, a therapeutic day school for children whose needs could not be met by their public schools. Dr. Hanna also supervised Child Psychiatry residents and other mental health professionals and APRN’s in the community based clinic. Finally, she also played an integral role in educating the adult and child psychiatry residents at both the UCONN and Institute of Living Residency Programs. This included holding the position of Assistant Training Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training program at Hartford Hospital and the Institute of Living for over 2 years.
During her time in Hartford, Dr. Hanna also served first as a Member at Large, then as an officer for the Connecticut Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Connecticut branch of the national organization for Child Psychiatry, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This organization played a major role in advocating for child mental health services in Connecticut and crafted a blueprint to make mental health services available to more children in the state. She was also nominated to serve on a state board that made recommendations to the state government on the best practices for the mental health care of children in state’s custody.
In the summer of 2010, her husband’s employer relocated the family to the greater Atlanta area. In early 2011, Dr. Hanna started her private practice, C.A.R.E. of Greater Atlanta. She does evaluations and medication consultations/management. She also works very closely with a growing number of therapists in the area. Her style of practice is diverse drawing on a range of interventions to help her patients make the most of their individual abilities and to address their various needs. She treats people with a wide range of disorders, including: depression, anxiety, attentional issues, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Selective Mutism and adjustment issues.
Dr. Hanna strongly believes in the team approach. She feels it is important both for parents and children to understand the reasoning behind her recommendations. She takes the time to ensure that the entire family has had the opportunity to ask any questions and truly feels comfortable before initiating any treatment. She also encourages older child and adolescents to have an active part in their treatment planning. Also, when patients have individual and/or family therapists, Dr.Hanna works closely with them to ensure that there is excellent continuity of care. Finally, she works hard to keep primary care providers involved in a patient's care and keeps them up to date on any recommendations, current medications and treatment plans. This helps to ensure the safety and well-being of all of her patients.
Dr. Hanna works to meet each individual’s needs, while at the same time helping patients realize and use their strengths to master their current challenges. She strives to meet the core principals of her practice, “Compassionate Attention, Respectful Empathy.”
Dr. Hanna is originally from Massachusetts, and has lived in Texas, Louisiana and Connecticut. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, paper crafting and making jewelry.