Maria Y Hernandez

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Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
School of Social Works
Office Location: ST 803
Phone: 323-343-5881 Email:


Dr. Hernandez obtained her Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare and an MSW degree from the University of Southern California. She participated in the USC Provost’s Program for Faculty Diversity in Informatics & Digital Knowledge. Dr. Hernandez has continuously studied mental health disparities and culturally competent treatment for underserved groups.


Research Methods, Thesis, Human Behavior and the Social Environment


Dr. Hernandez's research interests include consumer health informatics, use of social media to evaluate and disseminate mental health literacy, evaluations of technological tools to enhance patient and provider communication, and analysis of health policies impacting individuals living with serious mental illness.


            Hernandez, M. Y., & Organista, K. C. (2013). Entertainment–education? A fotonovela? A new strategy to improve depression literacy and help-seeking
            behaviors in at-risk immigrant Latinas. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52(3-4), 224-2

Organista, K. C., & Hernandez, M. (2014). The mental health needs of the undocumented. In. L. A. Lorentzen (Ed.), Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration (Vol. II). Santa Barbara, CA. Praeger Publications.

Hernandez, M., & Organista, K. C. (2015). Qualitative exploration of an effective depressionliteracy fotonovela with at risk Latina immigrants. American Journal of Community Psychology. DOI 10.1007/s10464-015-9729-8.  

Hernandez, M., Hogman, N., Sadorra, C., Dharmar, M., Nesbitt, T., Litman, R., & Marcin, J. (2015). Pediatric critical care telemedicine program: A single institution review. Telemedicine and e-health. DOI:10.1089/tmj.2015.0043.

Hernandez, M., Mejia, Y., Mayer, D., & Lopez, S. (in press). Using a narrative film to increase knowledge and interpersonal communication about psychosis among Latinos. Journal of Health Communication 



Ph.D. 2012

  • University of California at Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA

MSW 2005

  • University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA