PhD, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
Cohort Eight Fellow

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Academic Mentor
Jill Duerr Berrick, PhD
Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Policy Mentor
Debra Samples
Regional Program Manager, US DHHS, ACF, Children's Bureau

Current Institutional Affiliation
Arizona State University Center for Child Well-being: Postdoctoral Scholar

Areas of Expertise
Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Families and Family Systems, Content Analysis, Mixed Methods, Fathers


Dr. Julia Hernández is a post-doctoral scholar at the Arizona State University Center for Child Well-being (CCWB). She is interested in the positive supports family members, including extended relatives, can offer children who have been maltreated. As such, her research has focused on kinship care and father engagement in the child welfare system. Her recent work includes an examination of children welfare case files in an effort to better understand the role fathers can and do play as part of a prevention and early intervention strategy supporting children who have been abused or neglect. At CCWB, Dr. Hernández is involved in projects examining the well-being of children in congregate care and outcomes for youth transitioning out of foster care. Dr. Hernández holds a PhD and MSW from University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Princeton University.