1136 Lane Hall
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Research Staff


Jane Hassinger, MSW, DCSW

Research Program Lead

2125 Lane Hall

Jane Hassinger, MSW, DCSW, is Research Program Lead at IRWG and a Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst in private practice in Ann Arbor.  She completed her psychoanalytic training at the Center for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in New York City. In addition to her clinical practice, Jane also consults with organizations on issues related to gender inequality, gender-based violence, and abortion stigma.  For 25 years, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Michigan in Social Work, Business, Psychology, and Women’s Studies where developed innovative undergraduate and graduate seminars in group dynamics, gender and mental health, and gender and work. 

Inspired by a feminist, relational psychoanalytic framework, Ms. Hassinger’s practice as a psychotherapist, teacher, and researcher is multi-focal and interdisciplinary--engaging the intersections of personal and cultural histories.  Her scholarly work explores gender, race, and violence as critical factors in identity development, psychopathology, and agency.

In 1992, with funding from the UM Provost, the Office of Research, LSA, and the School of Business, Jane co-founded UM’s Interdisciplinary Program in Feminist Practice (IPFP) which she directed until 2002.  Over those ten years, IPFP engaged over 300 faculty and graduate students from UM’s 19 professional schools in seminars, visiting scholar programs, and conferences focused on feminist and critical race theories and their applications to professional training and practice. The popular seminar, Core Concepts in Feminist Practice, is now offered as part of the Women’s Studies graduate curriculum.  

Jane has mentored and collaborated with many graduate students on projects emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to research and intervention with underserved, stigmatized, and marginalized populations. Her projects have included:  Nurse-midwifery as an Relational Practice and Trauma-sensitive Approaches to the Prenatal year and Transition to Motherhood (with Julia Seng, MNW, PhD, WS & Nursing); Relational Practices and the Workplace (with Jane Dutton, PhD, Business); Ending the Silence around HIV/AIDS and Building Agency: The Women of Phumani Paper (with Kim Berman, University of Johannesburg); and The Michigan Women’s Prison Project: A Therapeutic Program for Incarcerated Women Victims of Sexual Assault (with Leah James, PhD; Social Work and Maria Almond, MD; Psychiatry); Gender-based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mental Health Needs of Survivors (with Leah James, PhD and Janis Miller, RN, PhD).  Her current project, Providers Share:  Narratives of Coping with Abortion Stigma (with Lisa Harris, MD, PhD; OB/GYN and Lisa Martin, PhD, Women’s Studies and Health Policy Studies, UM-Dearborn) is an international research project focused on the experiences of abortion providers. 

With the Providers Share team, Jane has co-authored numerous articles on abortion providers and the dynamics of abortion stigma around the world, and is co-author with Kim Berman of Women on Purpose:  Resilience and Creativity of the Founding Women of Phumani Paper (2012, Johannesburg).  Her article, “21st Century Living Color:  Racialized Enactment in Psychoanalysis” was published in Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society; December 2014, Palgrave Press. 


Kathryn "Kitty" Lundquist

Research Technician Intermediate

1239 Lane Hall

Ms. Lundquist has years of experience assisting in school-based adolescent research projects.  She works with the research team, school district administrations, IT personnel, and survey companies for the projects’ many operational aspects.  She also managed a pilot language study working with senior adults.

Ms. Lundquist earned her associate's degree in business administration from Butler County Community College (1986).