Faculty & Staff


Mario Hernandez, PhD

Mario Hernandez, PhD​

Professor and Chair

Phone: 813-974-4640
Fax: 813-974-7743
Office: MHC 2316
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Dr. Mario Hernandez is Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. In his role as Chair, Dr. Hernandez’ responsibilities include management of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program, the Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health program, the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program, as well as fiscal management, personnel management, and research development for more than 250 faculty and staff and 75 research and training projects.

Dr. Hernandez provides leadership and management for a variety of research and technical assistance projects at the local, national, and international levels. ( During FY18, CFS managed a portfolio of contracts and grants totaling $45.2 million, including new and continued federal awards totaling $16,257,920 and non-federal awards totaling $10,304,203.)

His research interests include accessibility of mental health services for diverse children and families, and identifying and measuring organizational factors associated with reducing mental health disparities. Also, he has developed an approach using logic models and theories of change that supports the design and implementation of local child mental health collaboratives. Dr. Hernandez has been instrumental in helping many local communities build and design their child mental health services using logic models.

Dr. Hernandez has co-edited two books, Promoting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services (1998) and Developing Outcome Strategies in Children’s Mental Health (2001). He has also published articles and book chapters on developing outcome strategies for children’s mental health, cultural competence and in applying logic models to support community change efforts. Additionally, he edited and contributed to: a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology, focused on exemplars of community practice that have used logic models to guide their local efforts; the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, focusing on child mental health policy; and, the Journal of Behavioral Healthcare and Research, focusing on system accountability in children’s mental health.