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Daphne C Hernandez

Daphne C Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB

Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing
Associate Professor
Department of Research
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Dr. Daphne Hernandez is a developmental psychologist who received interdisciplinary training throughout her graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowship. She has extensive experience studying gender and race/ethnic health disparities resulting from poverty-related issues, including food insecurity and obesity across the life span. Her area of expertise also includes investigating the health of low-income Latino immigrants through funding from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her research portfolio also examines housing insecurity, homelessness, and barriers to physical activity. Her work has been nationally recognized by professional organizations, including the National Council on Family Relations and the American Academy of Health Behaviors, where she received Fellow status. She is an Associate Editor for Family and Community Health and serves on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Health Behavior and the Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living.

She has served as a senior mentor for the Robert Wood Johnson New Connections Mentoring Program, and currently serves as a senior mentor through the American Academy of Health Behavior's Research Scholars Mentoring Program and the American Psychological Association's Leadership and Education Advancement Program (LEAP) for Diverse Scholars Program. She has received an undergraduate training grant from the United States Department of Agriculture and a research and professional development mentoring grant designed to support a junior researcher from the William T. Grant Foundation. She has received mentoring awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Academy of Health Behaviors.

Dr. Hernandez received her AB in psychology and certificate in Spanish from Princeton University where she was a NCAA Division I diver. She then went on to earn her MSEd in psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as the diving coach for the women's and men's teams. Her PhD in developmental psychology was awarded from Boston College. She received postdoctoral training in public policy and poverty from the University of Michigan.

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Publication: Independent and combined associations of intimate partner violence and food insecurity with maternal depression and generalized anxiety disorder (May 2022)

Publication: Conducting research six feet apart: The feasibility of transitioning qualitative research to meet the emerging research needs during a pandemic (May 2022)

Publication: Conducting Research Six Feet Apart: The Feasibility of Transitioning Qualitative Research to Meet the Emerging Research Needs During a Pandemic. (Mar 2022)

Food for health (Feb 2022)

Nursing, dentistry faculty collaborate for kids (Dec 2021)

Publication: Later sleep timing predicts accelerated summer weight gain among elementary school children: A prospective observational study (Oct 2021)

Publication: Parenting stress mediates the longitudinal effect of maternal depression on child anxiety/depressive symptoms (Oct 2021)

Publication: The mediating effect of parenting stress and couple relationship quality on the association between material hardship trajectories and maternal mental health status (Jun 2021)

The Big Picture (May 2021)

Publication: Depression is associated with poor physical health through lower distress tolerance among adults experiencing homelessness (Apr 2021)

Publication: Evaluation of the role of leisure time physical activity and sedentary behavior simultaneously on the income-overweight/obesity relationship (Mar 2021)

Publication: The invisible and forgotten: COVID-19 inequities among people experiencing homelessness (Mar 2021)

Publication: Commentary: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Economic Recession on Food Insecurity: Short- and Long-term Recommendations to Assist Families and Communities (Feb 2021)

Publication: Disentangling food insecurity and maternal depression: Which comes first? (Feb 2021)

Publication: Social Determinants of Health and Latinx Families, Risk for COVID-19 Infection (Feb 2021)

Hernandez publishes four recent studies (Jan 2021)

(Publication) Nursing faculty study factors affecting mental health in adults experiencing homelessness (Jul 2020)

Hernandez Named Jamail Distinguished Professor (Jul 2020)

Grant funds COVID-19 research with Hispanic families (Jun 2020)

Publication: Stability and change in early life economic hardship trajectories and the role of sex in predicting adolescent overweight/obesity (May 2020)