John Hannigan, Ph.D.

John Hannigan, Ph.D.


John Hannigan, Ph.D.

Office Address

71 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202

Position Title

Deputy Director, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Professor, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology

Narrative Bio

John H. Hannigan, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. He is also Professor of Obstetrics and Professor of Psychology. Dr. Hannigan teaches in the graduate programs in Reproductive Sciences (Physiology & ObGyn), and Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience (Psychology). His research examines the life-long biobehavioral impact of prenatal exposures to alcohol, cocaine and other drugs, as well as the environmental factors affecting developmental outcomes and treatment after prenatal exposures. Current research is studying the use of alcohol use screens by clinicians caring for pregnant women.

Dr. Hannigan was graduated from Fairfield University (1975) and Binghamton University (1983) with degrees in psychology and biopsychology. After postdoctoral training at the Mental Retardation Research Center at UCLA, Dr. Hannigan became Assistant Professor at the State University of New York in Albany, NY, in 1984 where he was also a member of the Center for Behavioral Teratology. He joined the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth & Development in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Wayne State University in 1990, and came to the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute in 2008.

Laboratory Web Site


My lab focuses on prenatal exposure to alcohol and cocaine. Current projects: 1) Implement screens for risk drinking in clinical settings and assess long-term outcomes; 2) Test social/cognitive interventions in community settings to ameliorate developmental delays; and 3) Lead community engagement activities addressing environmental health and quality of early child education.


For a complete list of publications, please visit Hannigan PubMed

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