Dr. Stephanie Hernandez

Stephanie Hernandez

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University


Stephanie Hernandez (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

Dr. Hernandez is a demographer whose research examines sexual and gender minority health using large nationally representative surveys. Currently, her research agenda spans three areas including documenting, understanding, and addressing sexual and gender minority health inequities, operationalizing intersectionality in health inequity research, and incorporating biosocial approaches to better understand health inequity across the life course. Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Hernandez completed her postdoctoral training at the Carolina Population Center where she examined stress, allostatic load, and health among sexual and gender minorities in the Add Health cohort.

Research Activities

-sexual and gender minority health 

-population health 



-social determinants of health

Key Publications

Barriers to Health Care among Adults with Minoritized Identities in the United States, 2013-2017. Stephanie M. Hernandez and P. Johnelle Sparks (2020). American Journal of Public Health, 110(6), 857-862.

“Patients’ Perceived Level of Clinician Knowledge of Transgender Health Care, Self-rated Health, and Psychological Distress Among Transgender Adults.” . Gabe H. Miller, Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde, Alex Mills, Stephanie M. Hernandez, Lauren E. Brown*, Mudasir Mustafa*, and Jesse Shircliff*.  (2023). JAMA Network Open. .

“Mortality Inequities: Power, Theory, and Data Considerations.”. Jaquelyn Jahn and Stephanie M. Hernandez (2023). American Journal of Public Health, 113(7), 726-728.


  • PhD, Applied Demography, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2020
  • MS, Demography, Florida State University, 2015
  • BS, Sociology, Florida State University, 2014
  • Carolina Population Center, Postdoctoral Training, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020