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
Assignment:  Ground

Robert Hernandez

Senior Lecturer

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

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Biography

Hernandez has a strong knowledge base in working with vulnerable youth populations and the impact community trauma has on healthy youth development. He 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 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. He has focused on advancing marginalized populations through a range of practice approaches addressing violence-related trauma through violence reduction, prevention and intervention strategies. 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. He is constantly being summon by cities, counties, and states nation-wide to assist with their community violence reduction strategies and trainings the most recent being Iowa, New Mexico, South Carolina, Sacramento, San Diego, Solano County, Orange County, Riverside, Ontario, and Los Angeles. He currently serves as Chair of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council for Congressional District 29. Courses taught by Hernandez at USC: SOWK 350-Adolescent Gang Intervention, SOWK 624-Social Work in Juvenile Justice Settings, SOWK 627-Policy & Macro Practice in Children, Youth, and Family Settings, SOWK 536-Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work, SOWK 545-Social Work Practice with Families and Groups, SOWK 611-Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organizations, SOWK 668-Social Work and Law.

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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