Dr. Darrin Hanna

Supporting the Treatment, Research, and Awareness of Digital Media Addictions

Artificial Intelligence. Systems and Engineering. Professor. CTO Technology Company in Mental Health.

Darran Hanna, PhD

Darrin M. Hanna, Ph.D. is Professor of Engineering in Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Hanna received his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Oakland University in May 2003 after receiving the university’s three top awards in scholarship, mathematics and engineering. His research interests include artificial intelligence, embedded systems, and outcomes assessment. Dr. Hanna is the CTO of NextStep Solutions, a company that offers unique software and services for behavioral health agencies of all sizes in electronic records, billing, compliance, measuring client outcomes, continuous improvement, revenue cycle management, medication management, and more. He has worked in behavioral health in a variety of settings including individual practice, community mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, and outpatient clinics in several states for over 15 years. Dr. Hanna continuously incorporates ideas garnered from state-of-the-art research and advanced techniques used in the workplace into the everyday realities of practice in working in mental health, substance use recovery, and treating developmental disabilities. He has worked with clinical staff and physicians in developing technologies, methods, conducting research, and transitioning practices to use and benefit from automation-based technologies ranging from web-based software to smart pens to iPad apps. He has won national and state awards for technology transfer and outstanding education and gives invited talks regularly on artificial intelligence, technology, and behavioral health.


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