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Hilary Hahn, MPH, MEd

Research Scientist; Executive Director, Elevate: A Policy Lab to Elevate Mental Health and Disrupt Poverty

Contact Information

Hilary Hahn, MPH, MEd

Mailing Addresses

  • Child Study Center

    PO Box 207900, 230 South Frontage Road

    New Haven, CT 06520-7900

    United States

  • Child Study Center

    350 George Street, Room 358

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



Hilary Hahn, EdM, MPH, is a Research Scientist at the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Ms. Hahn has more than two decades of experience supporting multidisciplinary professionals and community members to adopt, implement and sustain innovative interventions models to address health and wellbeing. In her current role as Executive Director of the Elevate Policy Lab, Ms. Hahn leads a team of highly trained and qualified professionals to support government and community partners in their efforts to build family mental health as a pathway to economic and social mobility. Under her direction, Elevate is disseminating the MOMS Partnership®, a program model that has been demonstrated to significantly reduce depressive symptoms among under-resourced, over-burdened pregnant women and caregivers to children under the of 18, and increase the social and economic mobility of their families. In her prior role, Ms. Hahn served as Project Director for the Yale Center for Child Traumatic Stress and Recovery, a Category II site of SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network.Ms. Hahn holds a Master’s in Educational Administration and Social Policy and a Master’s in Public Health.

Education & Training

  • MPH
    San Diego State University (2003)
  • MEd
    Harvard Graduate School of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy (1996)
  • BA
    Cornell University, Classics and Women's Studies (1993)


  • Maternal Mental Health and Economic Mobility
    Portland, ME, United States 2024
    Annual Meeting of the Board of the John T. Gorman Foundation
  • Considering Policy Progress in Parent and Child Mental Health
    2024 Virtual Roundtable Series hosted by Austen Riggs 2024
    Austen Riggs 2024 Virtual Roundtable Series Minding the Gaps: Addressing Mental Health Through the Life Cycle.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Commendable Service AwardUniversity of California San Diego1999
B.A. awarded summa cum laudeCornell University, College of Arts and Sciences1993
Phi Beta KappaCornell University, College of Arts and Sciences1993
California Wellness Foundation Academic Fellowship1992

Professional Service

Yale Child Study Center Framing HubWith coaching from, and in collaboration with colleagues at FrameWorks Institute, build capacity among colleagues at YCSC to effectively frame and communicate about issues related to child, adolescent and family behavioral health and well-being. 2024 - Present
American Public Health Association, Maternal Child Health SectionMember2022 - 2023
Journal of Traumatic Stress, Child Abuse and NeglectReviewer2022 - Present
Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Grant ProgramMember2021
Social Innovation and PolicyMember2021 - Present
The Michael Bolton FoundationBoard Member2021 - Present
Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Youth and Law Enforcement Research Gaps and Needs Experts MeetingParticipant2017
Injury Prevention WorkgroupMember2016 - 2018
Hope Family Justice Center New HavenExecutive Committee Member2016 - 2018
National Institute of Justice Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools SafeMember2016
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools SafeMember2014
Yale Trauma Response and Recovery TeamMember2013 - 2015
American Public Health Association, Section on Mental HealthMember2009 - Present

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