Dialogue Gospel Study #71 w/Suzanne Midori Hanna on EstherSeptember 1, 2022
Suzanne Midori Hanna is from Albuquerque, NM and has been a licensed clinician, professor, researcher and author in marriage and family therapy for 40 years. She was educated at BYU and the University of Utah. Professionally, her mission is to provide under-served groups with cutting edge, evidence-based, relationship-centered health and mental health care. Her textbooks have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Hungarian, and Korean (in progress). As a long-time subscriber to Dialogue, she proudly maintains a hard copy library to use in her work on the intersections of religion with race, class, violence, LGBTQ+ issues, trauma and neuroscience. She has taught Sunday School for those who are neurodiverse and has served in various presidencies in Utah, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. As a life-long member of the LDS Church, culture is an organizing dimension for her faith, given an upbringing as the only daughter in a bi-racial, mixed religious, blended family with a Down syndrome brother, a Croatian uncle, African-American nannies, Native-American friends, and the world’s best Mexican food! She is currently working on three books: one to guide faith communities toward trauma recovery practices, another about radicalization and violence prevention, and a third with Pumza Sixiche entitled Gobo Fango: Lost Son of Xhosa Warriors, which was presented at the 2021 Mormon History Association. She is currently a part-time professor for Capella University and lives in Moreno Valley, CA.