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Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Dr. Hernández is a tenured Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Hernández conducts research at the intersection of energy, equity, housing and health. A sociologist by training, her work focuses on the social and environmental determinants of health and examines the impacts of policy and place-based interventions on the health and well-being of socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Aside from research, Dr. Hernández serves as the Director of the Community Engagement Core for the Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan and the Director of the Community Outreach and Translational Core of the Columbia Children's Center for Environmental Health. She was the inaugural recipient of the Dean's Junior Faculty Excellence in Leadership Award in 2016 for her efforts leading Mailman's Faculty Innovation Group. She also received the Junior Faculty Teaching Award in the same year. In 2019, she received the Public Health Service Award from the New York League of Puerto Rican Women. She is also a mayoral appointee to New York City's first-ever Environmental Justice Advisory Board. Professor Hernández received her doctoral degree in Sociology at Cornell University.