Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    B.A., Psychology and Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Colorado, USA; Jacob van Ek Award for Academic Excellence, 1974; Phi Beta Kappa, 1974; Presidential Scholarship, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1970; Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, Colorado, 1970 – 1974

  • 1976
    M.A. Cognitive Psychology, University of Oregon, USA

  • 1978
    Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Oregon, USA

  • 1978 – 1980
    The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Studies; Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 1980 – 1986
    Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; Research Associate

  • 1986 – 2008
    IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, USA; Manager, Accessibility Research Group (2000 – 2008); Manager, K-12 Collaborative Learning Group (1995 – 2000)

  • Since 2009
    University of Dundee, Dundee, UK; Professor, School of Computing; Chair of Inclusive Technologies; Honorary Professor since 2017

  • Since 2013
    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), New York, USA; Distinguished Professor, College of Computing and Information Sciences; Emeritus since 2018

  • Since 2017
    Visiting Professor, Data Science Institute.

  • Since 2018

Selected publications

  • Knowles, B. and Hanson, V. L. 2018. The wisdom of older technology (non-) users. Communications of the ACM, contributed research article, 61(3), 72 – 77.

  • Hanson, V. L., and Richards, J. T. 2013. Progress on website accessibility- ACM Transactions on the Web, Vol. 7, No 1, Article 2.

  • Sears, A., and Hanson, V. L. 2011. Representing users in accessibility research. In Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Pp. 2235 -- 2238. Reprinted in ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, Vol. 4, No. 2, Article 6, March 2012.

  • Hanson, V. L. 2011. Technology skill and age: What will be the same 20 years from now? Universal Access in the Information Society, 10(4), 443 – 452.

  • Waller, A., Hanson, V. L., and Sloan, D. 2009. Including accessibility within and beyond undergraduate computing courses. In Proceedings of the Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, October 25 -- 28, 2009). ASSETS '09. ACM, New York, NY, Pp. 155 – 162.

  • Trewin, S., Laff, M., Hanson, V., and Cavender, A. 2009. Exploring Visual and Motor Accessibility in Navigating a Virtual World. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, 2, 2 (Jun. 2009), Pp. 1 -- 35.

  • Richards, J. T. and Hanson, V. L. 2004. Web accessibility: A broader view. In Proceedings of the 13th international Conference on World Wide Web (New York, NY, USA, May 17 – 20, 2004). WWW '04. ACM, New York, NY, Pp. 72 -- 79.

  • Hanson, V. L., and Padden, C. 1992. HandsOn: A multi-media program for bilingual instruction of deaf children. IEEE Computer Society: Proceedings of the Johns Hopkins National Search for Computing Applications to Assist Persons with Disabilities, Pp. 5 -- 6.

  • Hanson, V. L. 1991. Phonological processing without sound. In S. Brady and D. Shankweiler (Eds.), Phonological processes in literacy: A Tribute to Isabelle Y. Liberman. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Pp. 153 -- 161.

  • Hanson, V. L., and Lichtenstein, E. 1990. Short-term memory coding by deaf signers: The primary language coding hypothesis reconsidered. Cognitive Psychology, 22, Pp. 211 -- 224.

  • Hanson, V. L., and Fowler, C. 1987. Phonological coding in word reading: Evidence from hearing and deaf readers. Memory and Cognition, 15, Pp. 199 -- 207.

  • Hanson, V. L., Liberman, I., and Shankweiler, D. 1984. Linguistic coding by deaf children in relation to beginning reading success. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 37, Pp. 378 -- 393.

  • Hanson, V. L. and Bellugi , U. 1982. On the role of sign order and morphological structure in memory for American Sign Language sentences. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 21, Pp. 621 -- 633.

  • Posner, M. I., and Hanson, V. L. 1980. Analyzing spoken and written language. In R. A. Cole (Ed.), Perception and production of fluent speech. Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum.

  • Hanson, V. L. 1977. Within category discriminations in speech perception. Perception and Psychophysics, 21, Pp. 432 -- 430.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • RCUK Hub: Inclusion in the Digital Economy,

  • BESiDE – The Built Environment for Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy,

  • IBM accessibilityWorks

  • Acquisition of Literacy by Deaf Children and Adults

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Fellow of the British Computer Society

  • UK Computing Research Committee

  • IEEE Computer Society

Media coverage

  • Vicki L. Hanson Named First Woman CEO of ACM,

  • Meet The Woman Who Heads A Massively Influential All-Female Tech Team, Forbes Magazine, August, 2016,

  • People of ACM – Vicki Hanson,

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married to Dr. John Richards,

  • Mother of Dr. Bran Knowles,

  • Mother of Kaelin Richards,


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