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

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

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-9554
Fax: (585) 461-4532
Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Research Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Student Research Award | Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1998
Indirect Recovery Funds Award | Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1993
Predissertation Fieldwork Grant, MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Peace & International Cooperation | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1992
Alumni Association Fellowship | School of Public Health, University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1992
XIV Latin-American Pediatrics Congress Fellowship | Cuban Government | Havana, Cuba 1984
Honors Diploma | Medical School, National University of Buenos Aires | Argentina 1981

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 May
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; .
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.
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.
Fernandez, ID; Groth, S; Reschke, J; Graham, M; Strawderman, M; Olson, CM. "eMOMS: Electronically-Mediated Weight Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. Study Design and Baseline Characteristics." Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2015; : 2015;43: 63-74 .DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.04.013 NIHMS ID: NIHMS.
Groth, Susan; Ossip, D; Stewart, P; Wixom, N; Block, R; Fernandez, ID. "Adequacy of micronutrient intake in pregnant AA women." Revise and resubmit to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (first submission January 2015). 2015; .

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Center for Community Health


PhD | Epidemiology | University of Minnesota1999
MPH | Epidemiology | School of Public Health University of Minnesota1994
Health Services Administration | Pan-American Health Organization1990
MD | Medicine | Buenos Aires National University1981