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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 275-9554

Fax: (585) 461-4532

Biography

Research

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1981
MD | Buenos Aires National University
Medicine

1990
| Pan-American Health Organization
Health Services Administration

1999
PhD | University of Minnesota
Epidemiology

1994
MPH | School of Public Health University of Minnesota
Epidemiology

Awards

1998
Student Research Award
Sponsor: Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN

1993
Indirect Recovery Funds Award
Sponsor: Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN

1992
Predissertation Fieldwork Grant, MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Peace & International Cooperation
Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN

1992
Alumni Association Fellowship
Sponsor: School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN

1984
XIV Latin-American Pediatrics Congress Fellowship
Sponsor: Cuban Government
Location: Havana, Cuba

1981
Honors Diploma
Sponsor: Medical School, National University of Buenos Aires
Location: Argentina

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Publications

Journal Articles

5/2015
Rueckman, EA; Shah, MN; Adler, D; Harris, L; Fernandez, ID; Dozier, AM; Chin, N. "Understanding Low Rates of Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Urban Neighborhoods: A Qualitative Study." Submitted to Annals of Emergency Medicine (May 2015). 2015; .

2015
Sprod, LK; Fernandez, ID; Janelsins, MC; Peppone, LJ; Atkins, JN; Giguere, J; Block, R; Mustian, KM. "(in press). Effects of Yoga on Cancer-Related Fatigue and Global Side-Effect Burden in Older Cancer Survivors." Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2015; : 6(1):8–14.

2015
Fernandez, ID; Chin, NP; Devine, CM; Dozier, AM; Martina, CA; McIntosh, S; Thevenet-Morrison, K; Yang, H. "Images of a Healthy Worksite: A Group-Randomized Trial of Worksite Multiple-Component Interventions for Weight Gain Prevention with Employee Participation in Intervention Design." American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print March 19, 2015. 2015; : e1–e8. doi:10.2105/ AJPH.2014.302397 NIHMSID: NIHMS646361.

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