Garden City, NY (PRWEB) April 01, 2014
NAPW honors Mercedes D. Hernandez, Ph.D., as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. She is being recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in psychology. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.
Dr. Hernandez is a clinical psychologist in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a bi-cultural professional, fluent in Spanish with extensive experience working as a therapist with diverse populations from infants to adults in a variety of settings, including schools, community-based clinics and correctional environments. Dr. Hernandez focuses on racial, ethnic and gender issues as these relate to mental health. She has experience teaching in academic and professional settings on topics as diverse as suicide prevention and improving academic performance in Latino youths.
Currently, Dr. Hernandez is the director of mental health at the Prince George’s County Correctional Center in Maryland. Prior to this position she was employed at The George Washington University where she served as director of the Meltzer Psychological Services Center and worked as a research scientist at the GWU School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Dr. Hernandez is an alumna of the nationally recognized National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) program that promotes the development of Hispanic women as “ethical world leaders.”
“I have worked closely with Latina adolescents by developing a “Quinceanera” program that promotes cultural traditions and individual leadership skills for area school systems,” says Dr. Hernandez, who is originally from the Dominican Republic and lived in New York until joining the United States Navy Reserve. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University and a master’s in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.