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Isabel D. Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Isabel D. Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.


About Me

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD)

Associate Professor - Center for Community Health and Prevention - Joint



PhD | University of Minnesota. Epidemiology. 1999

MPH | School of Public Health University of Minnesota. Epidemiology. 1994

MD | Buenos Aires National University. Medicine. 1981


Student Research Award. 1998

Indirect Recovery Funds Award. 1993

Predissertation Fieldwork Grant, MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Peace & International Cooperation. 1992

Alumni Association Fellowship. 1992

XIV Latin-American Pediatrics Congress Fellowship. 1984

Honors Diploma. 1981


Research: The epidemiology of growth and nutrition in children, particularly malnutrition and obesity in children and adolescents, assessment of nutritional status, and societal determinants of nutritional conditions. Dr. Fernandez is a nutritional epidemiologist interested in the two ends of the nu...
Research: The epidemiology of growth and nutrition in children, particularly malnutrition and obesity in children and adolescents, assessment of nutritional status, and societal determinants of nutritional conditions. Dr. Fernandez is a nutritional epidemiologist interested in the two ends of the nutritional status continuum. She has examined the determinants of wasting and stunting in children in developing countries using data from the World Health Organization. Dr. Fernandez is currently focusing in weight gain prevention and obesity in the United States. In particular, Dr. Fernandez is interested in the synergism between individual nutrition and physical activity behaviors and the environment. She is currently conducting a group-randomized trial testing environmental interventions for worksite weight gain prevention and qualitative research on how the everyday life of low income families with school-age children influence the ability to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.


Journal Articles

Spanish Version of the Susceptibility to e-Cigarettes Scale among Latino Adolescents. Letter to the Editor

Cartujano-Barrera F, Hernández-Torres R, Chávez-Iñiguez A, Fernandez ID, Rivera P, Cupertino AP.

Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. 2023; .

A Longitudinal cortisol patterns in pregnancy are associated with greater total gestational weight gain

Murphy H, Dreisbach C, Kinkade CW; Brasich P, Wu Q, Meng Y, Thurston SW, Block RC, Fernandez ID, O'Connor TG, Barrett EM, Groth SW.

Obesity. 2023; .

Dietary Intake of Nutrients Involved in Serotonin and Melatonin Synthesis and Prenatal Maternal Sleep Quality and Affective Symptoms

Kautz, Meng Y, Yeh K-L, Peck R, Brunner2 J, Best M, Fernandez ID, Miller RK, Barrett EM, Groth SW, O'Connor TG.

Journal of Nutrition. 2023; .

Mental Health, Behavior Change Skills, and Eating Behaviors in Postpartum Women.

Yu Y, Ma Q, Fernandez ID, Groth SW

Western journal of nursing research.. 2022 October 44 (10):932-945. Epub 06/04/2021.

Longitudinal Trends in Produce Purchasing Behavior: Analysis of Transaction Level Data from Loyalty Card Holders

Fernandez ID, Wixom N, Johnson B, Janciuras J, Luo J, Kautz A, Prevost S, Ramchandran R.

Nutrition Journal. 2022; .

Validation of the Weight-Related Eating Questionnaire in Pregnancy.

Yeh K-L, Meng Y, Fernandez ID, and Groth SW.

Appetite. 2022; .

Gut hormones, adipokines, and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines/markers in loss of control eating: A scoping review

Yu Y, Fernandez I, Meng Y, Zhao W, Groth S.

Appetite. 2021; .

Biological Changes in the Pregnancy-Postpartum Period and Subsequent Cardiometabolic Risk--UPSIDE MOMS: A Research Protocol

Groth SW, Fernandez ID, Block RC, Thurston S, Wong E, Brunner J, Mayo N, Kapula N, Yu Y, Meng Y, Yeh K, Kinkade C, Thornburg L, O'Connor TG, Barrett EM.

Research in Nursing and Health. 2021; .

Participation in genetic research among Latinx populations by Latin America birth-residency concordance: A global study

Dye TDV, Quiñones Tavarez Z, Pérez Ramos JG, Fernandez ID, Vélez Vega C, Vega Ocasio D, Avendaño E, Cardona Cordero NR, DiMare Hering C, Dozier AM, Groth SW.

Journal of Community Genetics. 2021; .

The influence of appetite and self-efficacy to control cravings on excessive gestational weight gain

Groth SW, Meng Y, Yeh K-L, Fernandez ID.

Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. 2021; .

Not all Sitting is Sedentary: A Narrative Review and Taxonomy of Seated Behaviors

Mayo N., Fernandez ID.

British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2021; .

Excess Body Weight and Cancer-Related Fatigue, Systemic Inflammation, and Serum Lipids in Breast Cancer Survivors.

Inglis JE, Kleckner AS, Lin PJ, Gilmore NJ, Culakova E, VanderWoude AC, Mustian KM, Fernandez ID, Dunne RF, Deutsch J, Peppone LJ

Nutrition and cancer.. 2020 August 19 :1-11. Epub 08/19/2020.

Effects of High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation on Phase Angle and Physical Function in Patients with Prostate Cancer on ADT

Inglis JE, Fernandez ID, van Wijngaarden E, Culakova E, Reschke JE, Kleckner AS, Lin PJ, Mustian KM, Peppone LJ.

Nutrition and Cancer. 2020; .

When to Intervene to Prevent Weight Retention at 6 Months Postpartum: Analyses from a RCT

Olson CM, Strawderman M., Graham ML, Groth S, Reschke JE, Fernandez ID.

Obesity. 2019; .

Impact of Length of Residence in the United States on Risk of Diabetes and Hypertension in Resettled Refugees.

Golub N, Seplaki C, Stockman D, Thevenet-Morrison K, Fernandez D, Fisher S

Journal of immigrant and minority health. 2018 April 20 (2):296-306. Epub 1900 01 01.

The relative costs of high vs. low energy density foods and more vs. less healthful beverages consumed by children

Evans KA, Stewart PA, Cook SR, Seplaki CL, Rich DQ, Fernandez ID.

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2018; .

Obesity candidate genes, gestational weight gain and body weight changes in pregnant women

Groth SW, LaLonde A, Wu T, Fernandez ID.

Nutrition. 2018; .

Online Intervention to Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Olson CM, Groth S, Graham ML, Reschke JE, Strawderman M., Fernandez ID.

. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2018; .

Maternal and Child Dietary Intake: The Role of Maternal Healthy-Eater Self-Schema

Kueppers J., Stein K, Groth S, Fernandez ID.

Appetite. 2018; .

Micronutrient intake is inadequate for a sample of pregnant African American women

Groth SW, Stewart PA, Ossip DJ, Block R, Wixom N, Fernandez ID.

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017; .

'I think we can be controlled:' A Mixed-Method Comparative Study of Multidimensional Health Locus of Control and (un)Healthy Days in India and the United States

Dye TDV, Li D, Demment M, Groth SW, Fernandez ID, Perez-Ramos J., Dozier AM.

Annals of Global Health. 2017; .

The dietary choices of low-income pregnant African-American women.

Groth SW, Simpson A., Fernandez ID.

Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. 2016; .

Cumulative Physiologic Dysfunction and Pregnancy: Characterization and Association with Birth Outcomes

McKee K., Seplaki C, Fisher SG, Groth SW, Fernandez ID.

Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016; .

Using Television Viewing Time and Total Time Sitting as Interchangeable Measures of Sedentary Behavior

McGrane-Minton H, Thevenet-Morrison K. Fernandez ID.

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2016; .

Sociocultural variation in attitudes toward use of genetic information and participation in genetic research by race in the United States: Implications for precision medicine.

Dye TDV, Li D, Demment M, Groth SW, Fernandez ID, Dozier AM, Chang J.

Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. 2016; .

Medication Identification in Pediatric Asthma (MED ID): The Reliability and Validity of a Novel Screening Tool

Frey SM, Fernandez ID, Ossip, DJ, Halterman JS.

Journal of Asthma. 2016; .

Participation in Genetic Research: Amazon's Mechanical Turk Workforce in the United States and India.

Groth SW, Dozier A, Demment M, Li D, Fernandez ID, Chang J, Dye T

Public health genomics.. 2016 19 (6):325-335. Epub 11/04/2016.

(in press). Effects of Yoga on Cancer-Related Fatigue and Global Side-Effect Burden in Older Cancer Survivors.

Sprod, LK; Fernandez, ID; Janelsins, MC; Peppone, LJ; Atkins, JN; Giguere, J; Block, R; Mustian, KM.

Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2015; : 6(1):8–14.

Images of a Healthy Worksite: A Group-Randomized Trial of Worksite Multiple-Component Interventions for Weight Gain Prevention with Employee Participation in Intervention Design.

Fernandez, ID; Chin, NP; Devine, CM; Dozier, AM; Martina, CA; McIntosh, S; Thevenet-Morrison, K; Yang, H.

American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print March 19, 2015. 2015; : e1–e8. doi:10.2105/ AJPH.2014.302397 NIHMSID: NIHMS646361.

eMOMS: Electronically-Mediated Weight Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. Study Design and Baseline Characteristics.

Fernandez, ID; Groth, S; Reschke, J; Graham, M; Strawderman, M; Olson, CM.

Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2015; : 2015;43: 63-74 .DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.04.013 NIHMS ID: NIHMS.

Adequacy of micronutrient intake in pregnant AA women.

Groth, Susan; Ossip, D; Stewart, P; Wixom, N; Block, R; Fernandez, ID.

Revise and resubmit to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (first submission January 2015). 2015; .

The relative costs of high vs. low energy density foods and more vs. less healthful beverages consumed by children.

Evans, KA; Stewart, PA; Cook, SR; Seplaki, CL; Rich, DQ; Fernandez, ID.

Submitted to Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (March 2015). 2015; .

Understanding Low Rates of Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Urban Neighborhoods: A Qualitative Study.

Rueckman, EA; Shah, MN; Adler, D; Harris, L; Fernandez, ID; Dozier, AM; Chin, N.

Submitted to Annals of Emergency Medicine (May 2015). 2015; .

Do Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Differ in Regards to Their Help-Seeking? A Qualitative Study.

Sohug Mookerjee, Cerulli C., Fernandez ID, Chin NP.

Journal of Family Violence. 2015; .

EARLY Trials: A Consortium of Studies Targeting Weight Control in Young Adults.

Lytle, L; Svetkey, LP; Patrick, K; Belle, S; Fernandez, ID; Jakicic, J; Johnson, KC; Olson, CM; Tate, DF; Wing, R; Loria, C.

Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2014; : 2014;4(3):304-13.

Worksite Environmental Interventions for Obesity Prevention and Control: Evidence from Group Randomized Trials

Fernandez, ID; Becerra, A; Chin, NP.

Current Obesity Reports 2014. 2014; : 3:223–234.

The effect of immediate postpartum depot medroxyprogesterone on early breastfeeding cessation.

Brownell EA, Fernandez ID, Fisher SG, Howard CR, Ternullo SR, Lawrence RA, Duckett JW, Dozier AM

Contraception.. 2013 June 87 (6):836-43. Epub 11/12/2012.

Understanding the association between chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6 and HIV disease: a cross-sectional study

Kainth, MK; Fisher, SG; Fernandez, D; Luque, A; Caroline, B; Hall, CB; Hoang, AT; Lashkari, A; Peck, A; Hasan, L; Caserta, MT.

F1000Research 2013. 2013; : 2:269 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-269.v1).

A systematic review of early postpartum medroxyprogesterone receipt and early breastfeeding cessation: evaluating the methodological rigor of the evidence.

Brownell EA, Fernandez ID, Howard CR, Fisher SG, Ternullo SR, Buckley RJ, Dozier AM

Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.. 2012 February 7 (1):10-8. Epub 11/15/2011.

Bacteremia in children with sickle hemoglobinopathies.

Narang S, Fernandez ID, Chin N, Lerner N, Weinberg GA

Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology.. 2012 January 34 (1):13-6. Epub 1900 01 01.

Gestational weight gain in adolescents: a comparison to the new Institute of Medicine recommendations.

Fernandez ID, Hoffmire CA, Olson CM

Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology.. 2011 December 24 (6):368-75. Epub 09/25/2011.

Blood lead levels of refugee children resettled in Massachusetts, 2000 to 2007.

Eisenberg KW, van Wijngaarden E, Fisher SG, Korfmacher KS, Campbell JR, Fernandez ID, Cochran J, Geltman PL

American journal of public health.. 2011 January 101 (1):48-54. Epub 11/18/2010.

Perceptions of cardiovascular health in underserved communities.

Bryant LL, Chin NP, Cottrell LA, Duckles JM, Fernandez ID, Garces DM, Keyserling TC, McMilin CR, Peters KE, Samuel-Hodge CD, Tu SP, Vu MB, Fitzpatrick AL

Preventing chronic disease.. 2010 March 7 (2):A30. Epub 02/15/2010.

Association of workplace chronic and acute stressors with employee weight status: data from worksites in turmoil.

Fernandez ID, Su H, Winters PC, Liang H

Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2010 January 52 Suppl 1 :S34-41. Epub 1900 01 01.

A multi-worksite analysis of the relationships among body mass index, medical utilization, and worker productivity.

Goetzel RZ, Gibson TB, Short ME, Chu BC, Waddell J, Bowen J, Lemon SC, Fernandez ID, Ozminkowski RJ, Wilson MG, DeJoy DM

Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2010 January 52 Suppl 1 :S52-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Elevated blood pressure, race/ethnicity, and C-reactive protein levels in children and adolescents.

Lande MB, Pearson TA, Vermilion RP, Auinger P, Fernandez ID

Pediatrics.. 2008 December 122 (6):1252-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

From Butter Tea to Pepsi®: A Rapid Appraisal of Food Preferences, Procurement Sources & Dietary Diversity in a Contemporary Tibetan Township

Dickerson T; Fernandez D; Topgyal, Samen A; Gelek, Nyima; Pelot G; Craig S; Dye T.

Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 2008; 47: 229-53.

Introduction and overview of worksite studies.

Pratt CA, Fernandez ID, Stevens VJ

Obesity.. 2007 November 15 Suppl 1 :1S-3S. Epub 1900 01 01.

"Pizza is cheaper than salad": assessing workers' views for an environmental food intervention.

Devine CM, Nelson JA, Chin N, Dozier A, Fernandez ID

Obesity.. 2007 November 15 Suppl 1 :57S-68S. Epub 1900 01 01.

Design characteristics of worksite environmental interventions for obesity prevention.

Pratt CA, Lemon SC, Fernandez ID, Goetzel R, Beresford SA, French SA, Stevens VJ, Vogt TM, Webber LS

Obesity.. 2007 September 15 (9):2171-80. Epub 1900 01 01.

The use of Spanish by medical students and residents at one university hospital.

Yawman D, McIntosh S, Fernandez D, Auinger P, Allan M, Weitzman M

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.. 2006 May 81 (5):468-73. Epub 1900 01 01.

Length of stay and mortality associated with febrile neutropenia among children with cancer.

Basu SK, Fernandez ID, Fisher SG, Asselin BL, Lyman GH

Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.. 2005 November 123 (31):7958-66. Epub 1900 01 01.

Effects of lipids and lipid-lowering therapy on hemostatic factors in patients with myocardial infarction.

Kaba NK, Francis CW, Moss AJ, Zareba W, Oakes D, Knox KL, Fernández ID, Rainwater DL,

Journal of thrombosis and haemostasis : JTH.. 2004 May 2 (5):718-25. Epub 1900 01 01.

Survival after HLA-identical allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell and bone marrow transplantation for hematologic malignancies: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Horan JT, Liesveld JL, Fernandez ID, Lyman GH, Phillips GL, Lerner NB, Fisher SG

Bone marrow transplantation.. 2003 August 32 (3):293-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Exercise in Pregnancy and Premature Labor (A Literature Review)

Dye T; Fernandez ID; Rains A.; Fershteyn Z.

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2003; 46(2): 412-422.

Prevalence of nutritional wasting in populations: building explanatory models using secondary data.

Fernandez ID, Himes JH, de Onis M

Bulletin of the World Health Organization.. 2002 80 (4):282-91. Epub 1900 01 01.

Do Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Differ in Regards to Their Help-Seeking? A Qualitative Study.

Sohug, Mookerjee; Cerulli, C; Fernandez, ID; Chin, NP.

Journal of Family Violence.: in press.