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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 2012 2018

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

Villarreal Sosa, L., Diaz, S. & Hernandez, R., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Work
Self Efficacy
Focus Groups
Social Support
Health Services

Anxious Depression and Neurocognition among Middle-Aged and Older Hispanic/Latino Adults: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Results

Camacho, A., Tarraf, W., Jimenez, D. E., Gallo, L. C., Gonzalez, P., Kaplan, R. C., Lamar, M., Khambaty, T., Thyagarajan, B., Perreira, K. M., Hernandez, R., Cai, J., Daviglus, M. L., Wassertheil-Smoller, S. & González, H. M., Feb 1 2018, In : American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 26, 2, p. 238-249 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hispanic Americans
Depression
Health
Verbal Learning
Linear Models

Association of dispositional optimism with Life's Simple 7's Cardiovascular Health Index: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Sociocultural Ancillary Study (SCAS)

Hernandez, R., González, H. M., Tarraf, W., Moskowitz, J. T., Carnethon, M. R., Gallo, L. C., Penedo, F. J., Isasi, C. R., Ruiz, J. M., Arguelles, W., Buelna, C., Davis, S., Gonzalez, F., McCurley, J. L., Wu, D. & Daviglus, M. L., Mar 1 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 3, e019434.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hispanic Americans
Health
Psychology
Optimism
American Heart Association

Author Reply: Illuminating the Health Benefits of Psychological Assets

Hernandez, R., Bassett, S. M., Schuette, S. A., Shiu, E. W. & Moskowitz, J. T., Jan 1 2018, In : Emotion Review. 10, 1, p. 72-74 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insurance Benefits
Psychology
Emotions
Health
Precision Medicine

Feasibility of an Internet-based positive psychological intervention for hemodialysis patients with symptoms of depression

Hernandez, R., Burrows, B., Wilund, K., Cohn, M., Xu, S. & Moskowitz, J. T., Nov 26 2018, In : Social Work in Health Care. 57, 10, p. 864-879 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Internet
Renal Dialysis
Depression
Psychology
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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

1/8/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Neighborhoods and Mental Health

Rosalba Hernandez

12/18/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research