Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and Child Health research is fertile ground for qualitative approach to classic questions whose definitions have been well established for years using epidemiological data. Why are breast feeding rates so low? What can be done to improve perinatal health outcomes among poor women? An ethnographic research design tries to understand the situation of the people most affected: Women and children.
Dr. Fernandez is interested in childhood and adolescent nutritional epidemiology. Dr. Fernandez areas of research are the two ends of the spectrum in the nutritional intake continuum: wasting and stunting, and obesity. Dr. Fernandez is also performing an analysis of the World Health Organization Database on child growth and malnutrition. She studies individual and community-level determinants of obesity in children and adolescents.
Customer/client satisfaction; survey design and development; parenting and child maltreatment; perinatal outcomes.
Behavioral medicine, health impact of lifestyle change with particular focus on cigarette smoking, obesity, aging, child/adolescent outcomes measurement, and community intervention.