Associate Professor, Mailman School of Public Health
Diana Hernández, PhD is a tenured Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Hernández conducts research at the intersection of energy, equity, housing and health. A sociologist by training, her work focuses on the social and environmental determinants of health and examines the impacts of policy and place-based interventions on the health and well-being of socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. A recognized leader in the field, Dr. Hernández has advanced the concept of energy insecurity to reflect challenges and health consequences associated with meeting basic household energy needs. She serves as Director of community outreach, engagement and translation for two Columbia-based Centers. Much of her community-oriented research has been done in collaboration with local groups and government agencies and several of her projects have been conducted in her native South Bronx neighborhood, where she also lives and invests in social impact real estate. Professor Hernández’ published work has appeared in leading public health, social science, and housing and energy policy journals and her research has been funded by several federal agencies and philanthropic organizations. Dr. Hernández completed her doctoral training in Sociology at Cornell University (2010), her undergraduate degree at Hunter College- City University of New York (2002), is a product of the New York City public school system.