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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

  • 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.

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  • Association between immigration status and anxiety, depression, and use of anxiolytic and antidepressant medications in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos

    Ross, J., Hua, S., Perreira, K. M., Hanna, D. B., Castañeda, S. F., Gallo, L. C., Penedo, F. J., Tarraf, W., Hernandez, R., Vega Potler, N., Talavera, G. A., Daviglus, M. L., Gonzalez, F., Kaplan, R. C. & Smoller-Wassertheil, S., Sep 2019, In : Annals of Epidemiology. 37, p. 17-23.e3

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  • Psychosocial interventions for cancer survivors: A meta-analysis of effects on positive affect

    Salsman, J. M., Pustejovsky, J. E., Schueller, S. M., Hernandez, R., Berendsen, M., McLouth, L. E. S. & Moskowitz, J. T., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 13, 6, p. 943-955 13 p.

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  • 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

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  • Press / Media

    Optimism and Health

    Rosalba Hernandez

    3/30/18

    1 Media contribution

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    Optimism and Health

    Rosalba Hernandez

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    Neighborhoods and Mental Health

    Rosalba Hernandez

    12/18/14

    1 Media contribution

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