Faculty & Staff

Pedro  Hernandez, Ph.D.Pedro Hernandez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Charles P. Adams, Rm. 328
(318) 274-3164

Dr. Hernandez completed his Ph.D. in Human Resources and Family Studies in 1996 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then in 2006 completed his M.S.W. degree, specializing in advocacy and policy in social work at the same university.  For the last 20 years, he has been involved in research related to: family dynamics, family demographics, school demographics, child welfare, juvenile justice, community development, and geographical information systems (GIS).  He has been an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University, NJ, as well as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Center for Demography and Ecology and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.  From 2003 to 2011, he was an Assistant Research Professor at the Children and Family Research Center, School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, where he was involved in an evaluation of the Title IV-E Waiver to improve reunification and other family permanency and safety outcomes for foster children from drug-involved families.  Before joining GSU, he was the director of Research, Data, and Analytics at the Center for Community Safety at Winston-Salem State University, NC.