Dr. Fernandez is interested in the epidemic of obesity among children and adolescents as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. She is currently examining correlates of gestational weight gain among adolescents as a determinant of post partum weight retention and later obesity among adolescents of upstate New York.
Self-help interventions for smoking cessation and behavioral change with various populations.
Behavioral medicine, health impact of lifestyle change with particular focus on cigarette smoking, obesity, aging, child/adolescent outcomes measurement, and community intervention.
The epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular atherosclerotic disease, with a special interest in the role of nutrition in lipid metabolism and atherogenesis.