Natalie D. Hernandez, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Natalie D. Hernandez, Ph.D., M.P.H. 

Executive Director

Center for Maternal Health Equity

Community Health & Preventive Medicine
Location: Prevention Research Center, Bldg 100A, Ste. 200A
Phone: 404-752-1523


Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Training


University of South Florida
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health

University of South Florida
Degree: Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Women’s Health

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Degree: Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education

Stony Brook University
Degree: BA, Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Women’s health inequities
  • Technology-assisted interventions
  • Health policy
  • Social determinants of health
View Center for Maternal Health Equity Website


  • Hernandez, N. D., Chandler, R., Nava, N., Tamler, I., Daley, E. M., Baldwin, J., Buhi, E., O’Rourke, K., Romer-Daza, N. & Grilo, S. (2019). Young adult US born Latina women's thoughts, feelings and beliefs about unintended pregnancy. Culture, Health and Sexuality. In press
  • Hernandez, N. D., Dorsey, J., Glass, D. M., Pope, E., Worthy, N., Blasingame, E., ... & Dotson, Y. (2019). Community-Engaged Approaches to Address the Ethical Concerns of Maternal Mental Health Disparities Research. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved30(5), 12-20.
  • Chandler, R., Hernandez, N., Guillaume, D., Grandoit, S., Branch-Ellis, D., & Lightfoot, M. (2020). A Community-Engaged Approach to Creating a Mobile HIV Prevention App for Black Women: Focus Group Study to Determine Preferences via Prototype Demos. JMIR mHealth and uHealth8(7), e18437.
  • Chandler, R., Guillaume, D., Tesema, N., Paul, S., Ross, H., & Hernandez, N. D. (2020). Social and Environmental Influences on Sexual Behaviors of College Black Women: Within Group Diversity Between HBCU vs. PWI Experiences. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-11.
  • Chandler, R., Hull, S., Ross, H., Guillaume, D., Paul, S., Dera, N., & Hernandez, N. (2020). The pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) consciousness of black college women and the perceived hesitancy of public health institutions to curtail HIV in black women. BMC public health20(1), 1-11.
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Honors and Awards

  • 2020: Health Disparities Scholar, NIH National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program
  • 2019: Sisters with Superpowers, Rolling Out Magazine
  • 2017: Rising Scholar in the field of sexuality by The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
  • 2017: Nominated Stony Brook University 40 under 40
  • 2017: Fellow, Health Disparities Research Training Program, NCI U54 Cancer Partnership
  • 2017: American Association for Cancer Research-Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council, Minority & Minority Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award
  • 2016: MundoHispanico Latinas Poderosas (Powerful Latinas in Atlanta) Award
  • 2012: University of South Florida College of Public Health Student Research Scholarship Award
  • 2012: American Public Health Association Latino Caucus Best Student Paper Award
  • 2012: Greg Alexander Scholarship in Maternal and Child Health, University of South Florida
  • 2012, 2011: University of South Florida College of Public Health Community and Family Health Travel Scholarship
  • 2011: Public Health Student Association Travel Scholarship, University of South Florida