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Robert Hernandez

Senior Lecturer

Educates and engages in practice-driven research to address critical areas of society.

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Robert Hernandez
Phone:  +1 213.740.2711
Rank:  Senior Lecturer
Department:  Children, Youth and Families

Robert Hernandez

Senior Lecturer

Educates and engages in practice-driven research to address critical areas of society.

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Biography

ROBERT HERNANDEZ aims to educate and engage in practice-driven research to address critical areas of society that continue to hinder communities from flourishing. His areas of interest include vulnerable youth populations, adolescent social issues, adolescent gang intervention, strength-based/resiliency and youth empowerment models of practice. In particular, Hernandez's work examines risk and protective factors within communities that are associated with vulnerable youth populations residing in trauma exposed communities. His focus is on advancing marginalized populations through a wide-range of practice approaches addressing violence-related trauma through violence reduction, prevention, intervention, reentry strategies. His area of emphasis is exploring violence related-trauma due to urbanization and rapid development and its impact on healthy youth development as well as the implications on urban communities as a whole. Hernandez is the current chair of Congressional District 29’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council and Academic Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Gang Reduction Youth Development Department. He is the Board Chair of Visionary Youth Los Angeles (VYLA) https://www.visionaryyouthla.org/ He is a current full-time faculty member at the USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work.

In 2014, Hernandez was awarded the highly acclaimed Jane Adams Award at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social Work that goes to the instructor of the year as voted by the students. In 2014, he was recognized and awarded by the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly & Academic Culture Assembly as the most influential Professor of Color.

Education

University of Southern California

DSW 2018

University of Southern California

MSW 2007

California State University, San Jose

BA 1999

Area of Expertise

  • Social Work
  • Adolescent Gang Intervention
  • Adolescent Social Issues
  • Youth Development and Resiliency

Industry Experience

  • Social Services
  • Education/Learning
  • Health and Wellness

Affiliations

  • Co-founder of Visionary Youth Center

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