Faculty Profile: Lynn Hernandez, Ph.D.

Lynn Hernandez
Lynn Hernandez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences (Research) and Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-863-7688
Lynn Hernandez's primary research interests focus on the development of culturally appropriate prevention and intervention programs for adolescents of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. She also has interests in examining the protective role that ethnocultural and psychosocial variables play in adolescents' behavioral trajectories, and how these protective factors can improve adolescents' response to psychosocial treatments.


Lynn Hernandez received her doctoral degree from Florida International University in Lifespan Developmental Psychology in 2007. Her primary research interests focus on the development and implementation of interventions for adolescents of diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds engaging in risk behaviors. She also has interests in understanding the roles that psychosocial and ethnocultural variables play in adolescents' risk behavior trajectories and how this knowledge can inform the development of both developmentally and culturally appropriate interventions.

Research Description

Lynn Hernandez's research interests focus on adolescent treatment development and outcome research. She is particularly interested in the development and implementation of culturally sound interventions for adolescents of diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds engaging in risk behaviors, mainly alcohol and other drug use and sexual risk taking. As a developmental psychologist, she is also interested in the examination of psychosocial and ethnocultural variables as protective and risk factors in adolescents' developmental trajectories.

She has conducted treatment outcomes research with adolescents of diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds using school-based approaches, and has examined the influence of psychosocial developmental factors on adolescents' treatment amenability. Currently, she is examining the role that acculturation, ethnic identity, perceived discrimination and familismo play in Hispanic/Latino families parenting practices and their adolescents' involvement with alcohol and other drug use and sexual risk taking. The goal of these research activities is to develop a culturally-specific adolescent and parent intervention for adolescents engaging in alcohol and other drug use and sexual risk taking behaviors.

Grants and Awards

2001 APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs Summer Training Fellowship
2005 Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse, NIDA Summer Training Fellowship
2007 Academic Excellence in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Florida International University
2008 Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the NIAAA/NIDA T32 program at Brown University
2009 Sharon Chauncy Fellowship Award, Brown University, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
2009 Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
2012 Junior Investigator Travel Award, National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse


Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
American Psychological Association
National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse
Society for Prevention Research
Society for Research on Alcoholism
Society for Research on Identity Formation
Psi Chi Honor Society

Funded Research

Culturally-Specific HIV Prevention for Latino Adolescent Alcohol Abusers
K01 AA011081
Aim: To implement a series of Community-Based Participatory Research methods to develop a culturally specific preventative intervention to reduce risk for HIV/AIDS infection among Hispanic adolescent alcohol and other drug (AOD) users.
NIAAA; 4/1/12-3/31/17
Role: Principal Investigator

Individual and Family Motivational Interviews for Substance Using Truant Teens
R34 DA029871
Aim: To examine the efficacy of a combined individual and family motivational interview in reducing truant teens marijuana use and sexual risk taking behaviors.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA; 7/1/10-6/30/13
Principal Investigator: Anthony Spirito, PhD
Role: Co- Investigator

Supporting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Decisions Among Serodiscordant MSM Couples: A Clinical Assessment of Bio-Behavioral Risk
Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research Developmental Award
Dates of grant: 4/1/12-3/31/14
Role: Principal Investigator

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Culturally Adapted Motivational Interviewing
Aim: The current application will test a key cultural modification of a Motivational Interviewing (MI) intervention for Latino problem drinkers and examine acculturation level as a key treatment amenability factor.
NIAAA; 12/1/12-11/30/17
Principal Investigator: Christina S. Lee, PhD
Role: Co-Investigator

Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Aim: Examine ethnocultural moderators of brief alcohol intervention outcomes in ethnic minority families with siblings
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Dates of grant: 9/09-3/12

Teaching Experience

Psychology of Race, Ethnicity and Culture
Multicultural Counseling

Selected Publications

  • De Dios, M.A., Kuo, C., Hernandez, L., Clark, U., Wenze, S.J., Boisseau, C.L., et al. (2013). The Development of a Diversity Mentoring Program for Faculty and Trainees: A Program at the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. The Behavior Therapist, 36, 121-126. (2013)
  • Lee, C.S., Colby, S.M., Rohsenow, D.J., Lopez, S.R., Hernandez, L., & Caetano, R. (2013). Acculturation stress and drinking problems among urban heavy drinking Latinos in the northeast. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 12, 308-320. (2013)
  • Lee, C.S., Lopez, S.R., Colby, S.M., Rohsenow, D., Hernandez, L., Borrelli, B., & Caetano, R. (2013). Culturally adapted motivational interviewing for Latino heavy drinkers: Results from a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 12, 356-373. (2013)
  • Becker, S. J., Spirito, A., Hernandez, L., Barnett, N. P., Eaton, C. A., Lewander, W., Rohsenow, D. J., & Monti, P. M. (2012). Trajectories of adolescent alcohol use after brief treatment in an emergency department. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 125, 103-109 (2012)
  • Lee, C.S., López, S.R., Hernández L., Colby, S.M., Caetano, R., Borrelli, B., and Rohsenow, D. (2011). A Cultural Adaptation of Motivational Interviewing to Address Heavy Drinking Among Hispanics. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 317-324. (2011)
  • Chun, T., Spirito, A., Hernandez, L., Fairlie, A., Sindelar-Manning, H., Eaton, C., Lewander, W. (2010). The significance of marijuana use among alcohol using adolescent ED patients. Academic Emergency Medicine, 17, 63-71. (2010)
  • Fairlie, A. M., Chun, T. H., Hernandez, L., Sindelar-Manning, H., Lewander, W., & Spirito, A. (2010). Alcohol use history differentiates adolescents treated in the emergency department following an alcohol-related incident. Pediatric Emergency Care, 26, 417-423. (2010)
  • Hernandez, L., Barnett, N., Sindelar-Manning, H. Chun, T, & Spirito, A. (2010). Motivational Interviewing for adolescents with alcohol problems. In Naar-King S. & Suarez, M. (Eds.) Motivational Interviewing with Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults. New York: Guilford Press. (2010)
  • Hernandez, L., Eaton, C.A., Farlie, A.M., Chun, T.H., & Spirito, A. (2010). Ethnic group differences in substance use, peer relationships and parenting among adolescent alcohol treatment seekers. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 9, 14-27. (2010)
  • Spirito, A., Hernandez, L., Hoeppner, B., Mastroleo, N., & Wolff, J. (2009). Underage drinking in a drinking society: Three key issues. Florida International University Hospitality Review, 27, 112-120. (2009)
  • Montgomery, M. J., & Hernandez, L. (2008). Identity and intervention research: The right time for a marriage? Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 8, 173-182. (2008)
  • Hernandez, L. (2008). Book Review: Chasing the High: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Substance Abuse, Journal of Adolescent Research, 23, 770-773. (2008)
  • Garcia, T., Ham, L., Montgomery, M., & Hernandez, L. (2006). An initial examination of the role of gender in social anxiety and self-medication. Primary Psychiatry, 13, 14-18. (2006)
  • Hernandez, L., Montgomery, M. J., & Kurtines, W. M. (2006). Identity distress and adjustment problems in at-risk adolescents. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 6, 27-33. (2006)