Dr. Leandra H. Hernandez
Part-time Faculty - College of Health and Human Services
Dr. Leandra H. Hernandez (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) is a part-time faculty member in the College of Health Sciences at Trident University International. An award-winning teacher and scholar, her research focuses on reproductive health, prenatal testing, shared-decision making within healthcare contexts, cultural competence, and multicultural health experiences. Her doctoral research focused on Mexican-American women’s prenatal testing experiences and communication with physicians, and current research explores Latina reproductive experiences in U.S. and international contexts. She has presented research at conferences such as the National Communication Association, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Western States Communication Association. Her research on global public health narratives has been published in Communication Research, and her research on Mexican-American women’s birth experiences is forthcoming in the edited book Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication. She enjoys teaching courses on topics such as health communication and social advocacy, multicultural health communication, and patient-provider communication.
- Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
- Hernandez, L. (2016). An intersectional feminist analysis of Mexican-American women's birthing experiences. Forthcoming in E. Gilchrist-Petty & S. Long (Eds.), Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication. New York: Peter Lang.
- Hernandez, L. (2016). Health Care Sciences. Forthcoming in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory: Humanistic and Scientific Perspectives.
- Barbour, J. B., Doshi, M. J., & Hernandez, L. H. (2015). Telling global public health stories: Narrative message design for issues management. Communication Review, 1-34.
- Hernandez, L. (November, 2014). "Why do I need that test? It wouldn’t change a thing": Identity politics, gender politics, and Mexican-American women’s decision-making about prenatal testing. Paper presented during the Communication around the Baby Bump: Cultures and/in Pregnancy, Reproductive Decision-Making, and Prenatal Care panel at the 100th Annual National Communication Association Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
- Hernandez, L. (November, 2014). Creating Space for Fruitful Co-Researcher Collaboration: An Interactive Panel Discussion about Intentional Design Choices in Qualitative Research. Panel presentation at the 100th Annual National Communication Association Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
Recipient of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012-2013.
Recipient of the Texas A&M University Department of Communication Tiffany Hunnicut Outstanding Teacher Award, 2011-2012.
National Communication Association, 2015-2016
Reproductive Health Care
Cultural Competence in Health Care Contexts
Latina and Minority Health
Multicultural Health Communication