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Ladia M Hernandez

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Department of Nutritional Sciences


Phone: 512-471-0890

Office Location

Postal Address
200 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX

M.S., Nutritional Sciences/Combined Dietetic Internship, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX

B.S., Food and Nutrition, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


Current Grants:

Dates: 10/1/17 – 9/30/19 

Title: Promoting positive parent feeding practices and healthy eating in young children: The unique role of grandparents, St. David’s Foundation Opportunity Grant, $99,637

Investigators:  Deborah Jacobvitz, Nancy Hazen, Ladia Hernandez and Elizabeth Widen

Current Research Projects:

Title: Application of ergogenic aids to the prehabilitation of abdominal cancer patients undergoing surgery

Investigators: Hirofumi Tanaka, Declan Fleming, J Stuart Wolf, Jr., Dixie Stanforth, Philip R. Stanforth, Ladia Hernandez, Savannah Wooten, and Sten Stray-Gundersen

Past Research Projects:

Exploring Health and Lifestyle in Firefighters

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of on-duty death among firefighters accounting for approximately 45% of on-duty fatalities. Work conditions and hazardous exposures, along with certain behaviors, such as diet, may increase a firefighters cardiovascular risk. Elevated lipids and prevalence rates of overweight and obesity among these firefighters provides evidence to support the implementation of a tailored wellness initiative to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease development.  This study examines how firefighters perceived their health and lifestyle as well as their attitudes to nutritional and health assessments and intervention programs to reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

Undergraduate Courses:                                          

  • NTR 338W Issues in Nutrition and Health            
  • NTR 234L Lab in Foodservice Systems    
  • NTR 337 Nutritional Epidemiology                          
  • NTR 352 and 355 Individual Instruction
  • NTR 330 Nutrition Education and Counseling

Undergraduate Seminar:

  • SoHE Honors Seminar

Graduate Course:

  • NTR W394 Study Design and Research Methods