Alejandra Fernandez, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
MS, Texas A&M University
BS, Texas A&M University

About Me

Dr. Alejandra Fernandez is a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Miami, School of Nursing and Health Studies. She received funding for her appointment via a diversity supplement funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Fernandez has been a member of NHSN since 2019. Her research focuses on the influence of family functioning behaviors on Hispanic adolescent health behaviors, including substance use, sexual risk behaviors, mental health outcomes, and obesity.

Research Statement

Alejandra’s current research focuses on the effects of family-based interventions on Hispanic families’ health outcomes, including substance use, sexual risk behaviors, and obesity. Additionally, she is also interested in factors that may contribute to improved intervention effects, including predictors of intervention attendance and participant characteristics that may moderate intervention effects.