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Research Associate III

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Ruby Hernandez, Ph.D., M.S., (she/her/ella) contributes to the Strategic Prevention Solutions team as a mixed method researcher with over 10 years of experience conducting research on original and client-based projects. She has dedicated her research skills and learning to understanding and addressing issues that could improve community well-being. She uses strength-based frameworks focused on resiliency to uncover resources marginalized populations cultivate to survive and thrive. 

Research skills Ruby brings are quantitative and qualitative study design, analysis, and implementation. These include survey design, interview and focus group protocol development and facilitation, and experience with field research methods in participatory action research and ethnography. She has also been an instructor for undergraduate level courses and has experience teaching research methodology. In this capacity she has presented and led workshops on conducting literature reviews, interviews, surveys, qualitative data coding, introductory quantitative analysis, and utilizing online survey software.  

Ruby has experience collaborating with and serving a range of communities. In higher education, she has worked with ethnic resource centers and campus programs to evaluate how student services can improve outcomes for historically underrepresented students. Alongside program directors, program managers, and undergraduate students she has co-developed materials and gathered data that have led to evidence based and data-driven changes to programming. Programs she has worked with include those that serve community college students, students who are the first in their families to attend college, and those who while growing up were foster youth, and/or experienced: homelessness, violence or neglect in their homes, parents or guardians with severe mental illness or substance abuse, forcible removal from their homes due to gender identity or sexual orientation, incarceration, and/or forcible separation from family due to deportation. She has also previously worked with non-profit leadership committees to gather data to inform their strategic planning direction and increase their community impact. 

Ruby currently resides in Southern California. She spends her personal time with her loved ones, consuming narratives via various mediums (films, shows, books, podcasts), and taking long walks with her dog. 

Ruby Hernandez