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Daphne C. Hernandez


Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professor

Associate Professor

Department of Research

Daphne Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB, is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on health disparities. Her research has been funded by NCI, NICHD, William T. Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USDA, and Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. She has served as a senior mentor for the Robert Wood Johnson New Connections Mentoring Program, American Academy of Health Behavior's Research Scholars Mentoring Program, and the American Psychological Association's Leadership and Education Advancement Program for Diverse Scholars Program. She is currently the PI of an USDA-funded undergraduate training program called HOUSTON Academy 2.0, and a previous recipient of 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. She is an Associate Editor for Family and Community Health.

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Postdoctoral training – Poverty & Public Policy
2005 - 2007

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
PhD - Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology
2000 - 2005

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MSEd – Psychological Services
1999 - 2000
- She served as the diving coach for the women's and men's teams

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
AB – Psychology; certificate/minor in Spanish
1994 - 1998
- She was a NCAA Division I diver

Clinical/Research Focus

Food insecurity, housing instability and homelessness, health of Hispanic immigrant families, barriers to physical activity and nutrition, obesity.