Diana Hernández, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. A sociologist by training, her scholarly interests include the social determinants of health and the impact of policy and structural interventions on health and socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable populations. Her research examines the intersections between the built environment (housing and neighborhoods), poverty, and health with a particular emphasis on energy insecurity. Her work has been published in leading academic journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Energy Policy, and Social Science & Medicine, among others.
Dr. Hernández completed her doctoral training in sociology at Cornell University (2010) and her undergraduate degree at Hunter College-City University of New York (2002). Beyond research, she actively engages in a variety of translational activities through consulting, board service, and social entrepreneurship in real estate in her native South Bronx neighborhood.