Dr. Hernandez’s research has primarily focused on military service members. Dr. Hernandez has examined perceptions of stigma and barriers to accessing mental health services, as well as, resilience and stress. He is currently researching the effectiveness of an intervention on increasing resilience in U.S. Air Force Healthcare personnel. He has also completed research focused on gaining a deeper understanding of hemodialysis patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Hernandez was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve in 1997 and continues his service in the Air Force Reserve. His areas of clinical experience include intensive care, medical/surgical, trauma, and telemetry nursing. Dr. Hernandez received his Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from UNM in 2012 and his Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Personal Statement

U.S. Air Force Reserve: Member
Sigma Research and Scholarship Advisory Council: Member
Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Sigma Chapter, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Member
American Nurses’ Association, New Mexico Nurses’ Association: Member
Western Institute of Nursing: Member

Areas of Specialty

Acute Care | Health Care Administration | Leadership/Leadership Development | Medical-Surgical Nursing | Nurse Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Veteran's Health


PhD, The University of New Mexico, 2012 (Nursing)
MSN, Northwestern State University, 2001 (Adult Nursing and Administrations)
BSN, Northwestern State University, 1995 (Nursing)


RN: Registered Nurse

Achievements & Awards

FAAN: Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society
Phi Kappa Phi
Meritorious Service Medal (4 awarded)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (3 awarded)
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Key Publications

Journal Article
Hernandez, Stephen, H. A. Morgan, Brenda, J. Hernandez, Belinda, F. Parshall, Mark, B. 2017 Building academic-military research collaborations to improve the health of service members Nursing Outlook, vol. 65, Issue 6, 718-725
Journal Article
Hernandez, Stephen, Morgan, B., J. Parshall, Mark, B. 2016 Resilience, stress, stigma, and barriers to mental healthcare in U.S. Air Force nursing personnel Nursing Research, vol. 65, Issue 6, 481-486
Journal Article
Hernandez, Stephen, H. A. Morgan, Brenda, J. Parshall, Mark, B. 2017 Treatment-seeking beliefs and behaviors in Air Force nursing personnel Military Medicine, vol. 182, Issue 7, e1687-e1692
Journal Article
Cox, Kim, Hernandez, Stephen, Parshall, Mark, Parvez, Sanah, Unruh, Mark, 2017 Symptoms among patients receiving in-center hemodialysis: A qualitative study Hemodialysis International, vol. 24, Issue 4, 524-533
Journal Article
Hernandez, Stephen, Morgan, B., Parshall, Mark, B. 2017 A concept analysis of stigma perceived by military service members who seek mental health services Nursing Forum, vol. 52, Issue 3, 188-195




  • English

Courses Taught

NURS 332: Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 390: Professional Nursing Concepts I
NURS 419L: Capstone Clinical
NURS 478: Care of the Veteran
NURS 503: Research in Nursing
NURS606: Quantitative Methods in Health Research

Research and Scholarship

2020-Present: Hernandez, S., PI: Improving Resiliency in U.S. Air Force Healthcare Personnel. TriService Nursing Research Program, Grant 11052-N20-A06IR, $301,893 direct costs ($359,258 total award). Funding Period August 1, 2020- November 30, 2021. Role: Principal Investigator (40% effort).

2020-Present: Liesveld, J., PI: UNM College Of Nursing NEPQR-VNPC Project. U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration-Bureau Of Health Workforce, Award 1 T1JHP39086-01-00, $1,168,095 total award. Funding Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022. Role: Co-Investigator (10% effort).

2014-2017: Unruh, M. & Parshall, M. Co-PI: Quality of Life Indicators in Chronic Kidney Disease. Dialysis Clinic, Inc., S-2580.08.04-14 (UNM HSC HRRC# 14-161). $158,359 direct costs ($178,945 total award). Funding period: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017. Role: Co-Investigator (20% effort).

2014-2017: Hernandez, S., PI: Stress, Resilience, Stigma, and Barriers to Mental Health Care in Air Force Nursing Staff. TriService Nursing Research Program, Grant HU0001-14-1-TS12 (N-14-P17). (UNM HSC HRRC# 14-009). $78,876 direct costs ($99,384 total award). Funding Period September 1, 2014 - November 30, 2016. Role: Principal Investigator (40% effort).