Research Profile

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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Primary Research Areas

Food insecurity, stress among Hispanic immigrant families, housing instability and homelessness, obesity and diabetes, barriers to physical activity


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.