Danna's main area of research focuses on understanding the intersection between individuals’ work and non-work lives as they move through their careers. The broad questions that drive her research are how do people manage work-life transitions in today’s demanding work world, how does this influence their identity, engagement, and performance at work, and how do organizational and societal factors influence individuals’ ability to craft full, meaningful lives. Danna's scholarship is guided by the belief that individuals can and should be able to live full lives at work and at home and that by challenging current assumptions regarding work we can find better ways for businesses, families, and communities to thrive. She has recently published a book on this topic entitled: Maternal Optimism: Forging Positive Paths Through Work and Motherhood.
Danna speaks internationally on issues pertaining to work-life and innovation in education. She also serves as a consultant and board member to organizations focused on improving organizational support and individual management of work and family and to organizations focused on strengthening community and education. She and her husband are the proud parents of three active, engaged teenagers.