Daphne C. Hernandez, PhD
Daphne C. Hernandez is an assistant professor of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston. Dr. Hernandez received her A.B. in psychology from Princeton University, her M.S.Ed. in psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in applied development and educational psychology from Boston College. She also received postdoctoral training in poverty and public policy at the University of Michigan"s National Poverty Center. Her research interests include: 1) the effect of antipoverty policies on children"s development and family well-being; and 2) fathers" involvement and families" health and well-being.
Using the New Immigrant Survey (NIS) and the 2004 Current Population Survey (CPS), the project investigates the effectiveness of expanded state health-insurance coverage among legal adult immigrants. By including individual-level and state-level data, the goal of the study is to gain an understanding of which population groups are actually being covered by Medicaid and private insurance and which population groups remain uninsured. Thus, the project provides an opportunity to evaluate whether or not state expanded policies are effective in increasing health insurance coverage among legal immigrant adults.
Why I Applied to New Connections
I applied to New Connections because of my interests in learning how antipoverty policies influence children"s and families" well-being. In addition, I am interested in receiving health policy training from top public health scholars in the field.
What New Connections Means for my Career
Being a part of New Connections is providing me an opportunity to make a professional transition into studying health care and the health issues of immigrants. I look forward to receiving health policy training along with mentorship from public health scholars
Antipoverty Policies on Children"s Development and Families" Well-Being; Fathers and Families
Human Development; Family Studies
Immigrant Adults who recently became Legal Permanent Residents (ages 18-64)
Honors and Awards
Department Faculty Marshall at Graduation (Award for Mentoring Top HDFS Undergraduate Student), College of Health & Human Development, Penn State University (2009)
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan (2005-2007)