Minority Serving Institution Program Director
Dr. Hernandez, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, has broad and diverse training in clinical psychology, educational psychology and curriculum and instruction and has taught at the secondary and postsecondary levels including Master’s and Doctoral. He is a nationally certified school psychologist, nationally certified counselor, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties and is a licensed Psychologist, and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas. He served as a member and also Chair of the Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists and as a member of the Texas Diabetes Council.
Dr. Hernandez has served as evaluator or evaluator consultant on projects of local, state and national scope. He chaired and/or participated on Texas School Improvement Initiative (TSII) teams, Educator Preparation Improvement Initiative (EPII) teams and Educator Preparation Entity Reviewer and among other areas of scientific and evaluative inquiry remains committed to studying and supporting effective educator preparation and practice. Currently, in addition to serving as Director of the AEA Minority Serving Institutions program, he is on the RISE Advisory Board, a field advancement effort that aims to better understand and strategically improve the lives and outcomes of boys and men of color in the US. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the LEEAD initiative which aims to develop talented and diverse thinkers and leaders who will improve the knowledge base and contribute to better science and social innovation in the field of evaluation.
Over the course of his career, his writing and research has focused on measurement and evaluation, psycho-educational interventions and teaching effectiveness. His most current research focuses on identifying, describing and intervening in Health Disparities focusing on school and community based efforts to reduce risk factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes and Decision-Making at the End of Life. In addition, he is a co-author of an elementary Social Studies series published by Houghton Mifflin Company called We the People and is a past co-editor of Forum the journal of the Texas Teacher Educators and currently co-editor of Research and Practice in the Schools, a publication of the Texas Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Hernandez has been Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator or Consultant on numerous research and teaching grants including funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Dental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education and most recently, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.