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Daphne C Hernandez

Daphne C Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB

Associate Professor (Visiting)
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 and homelessness.

Her work has been nationally recognized by the media (Time magazine) and professional organizations, including the National Council on Family Relations and the American Academy of Health Behaviors, where she received Fellow status. She has served as a senior mentor for the Robert Wood Johnson New Connections Mentoring Program, and she received a 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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Grant funds COVID-19 research with Hispanic families (Jun 2020)

(Publication) Examining determinants and co-associations between fruit and vegetable and sugar-sweetened beverage monitoring practices among a sample of low-income Hispanic mothers. (Jan 2020)

(Publication) Association between generation status and smoking behaviors before and during pregnancy among Hispanic women. (Jan 2020)

(Publication) Sexual risk classes among youth experiencing homelessness: Relation to childhood adversities, current mental symptoms, substance use, and HIV testing. (Jan 2020)