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Research Interests

Dr. Hernandez received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2012. Before becoming an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work, she completed training as a Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez’s interests are in exploring the link between positive psychological well-being and cardiovascular health, particularly in underserved minority populations. She explores whether characteristics like optimism and resilience are associated with low-risk cardiovascular disease profiles, and whether interventions geared toward increasing psychological well-being can favorably impact subclinical and clinical manifestations of disease. Dr. Hernandez’s goal is to employ theories from positive psychology to help inform primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Hispanic/Latino and African American adults.

Education

BS, Biological Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago, 2005

MPH, Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago, 2010

PhD, Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago, 2012

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Research Output 2012 2019

Accompaniment in a Mexican immigrant community: Conceptualization and identification of biopsychosocial outcomes

Villarreal Sosa, L., Diaz, S. & Hernandez, R., Jan 2 2019, In : Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work. 38, 1, p. 21-42 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Work
Self Efficacy
Focus Groups
Social Support
Health Services

The Association of Optimism with Sleep Duration and Quality: Findings from the Coronary Artery Risk and Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study

Hernandez, R., Vu, T. T., Kershaw, K. N., Boehm, J. K., Kubzansky, L. D., Carnethon, M., Trudel-fitzgerald, C., Knutson, K. L., Colangelo, L. A. & Liu, K., Jul 24 2019, In : Behavioral Medicine. p. 1-12

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Young Adult
Coronary Vessels
Sleep
Optimism
Health

The association of positive affect and cardiovascular health in Hispanics/Latinos with chronic kidney disease: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Hernandez, R., Lash, J. P., Burrows, B., Wilund, K., Mattix-Kramer, H. J., Peralta, C., Durazo-Arvizu, R. A., Talavera, G. A., Penedo, F. J., Khambaty, T., Moncrieft, A. E., Chen, J. & Daviglus, M. L., Sep 2019, In : Preventive Medicine Reports. 15, 100916.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Chronic Renal Insufficiency
Hispanic Americans
Health
Epidemiologic Studies
Prospective Studies
Hispanic Americans
Exercise
Depression
Senior Centers
Acculturation

“iAlegrate!”—A culturally adapted positive psychological intervention for Hispanics/Latinos with hypertension: Rationale, design, and methods

Hernandez, R., Daviglus, M. L., Martinez, L., Durazo-Arvizu, R. A., Huffman, J. C., Ramirez, F., Tito, L. & Moskowitz, J. T., Jun 2019, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 14, 100348.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hispanic Americans
Psychology
Hypertension
Blood Pressure
Mindfulness

Press/Media

Optimism and Health

Rosalba Hernandez

3/30/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Optimism and Health

Rosalba Hernandez

1/8/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Neighborhoods and Mental Health

Rosalba Hernandez

12/18/14

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research