Dr. Hanley has been a faculty member at the New England College of Optometry since 1984. She is co-course master and a lab instructor for the Ocular Disease Principles courses and the Principles of Anterior Segment Diseases course. She is also the instructor of record for the Optic Nerve Diseases course.
After earning a Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 1981, Dr. Hanley completed a residency in hospital-based optometry at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center, becoming only the second optometrist to complete a residency at this location. She has been a clinical preceptor for many years in numerous clinics affiliated with the College. She was a clinical preceptor in the VA Boston Healthcare System for 14 years. During this time, she was both a preceptor for fourth year students and an attending optometrist for residents at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center. She most recently served as clinical preceptor at Jean Yawkey Place, a medical respite care facility and outpatient clinic for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program for 5 years . She is presently a clinical preceptor at Uphams Corner Community Health Center.
Dr. Hanley is committed to teaching students to integrate didactic knowledge with technical skills to make important clinical decisions regarding their patient’s ocular health. She was both the 2004 and 2006 recipient of the Student Recognition Award for Best First Year Instructor. Dr. Hanley has also received the Foster Namias Award for excellence in didactic instruction on multiple occasions. She was honored with the Dupuis Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence in 2011 and 2015. In addition to her responsibilities at the College, Dr. Hanley frequently gives continuing education lectures to optometrists in the areas of visual fields, glaucoma, and ocular disease. Dr. Hanley is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.