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J. Maya Hernandez, Ph.D.

Research scientist, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Maya Hernandez is a interdisciplinary scholar who received her PhD in Social Ecology from UC Irvine with a research focus on understanding the risks and affordances of social technologies on adolescent development and mental health and an emphasis on historically marginalized populations. Her experiences span across developmental science, clinical psychology, public health, and informatics. She leverages quantitative, qualitative, and youth participatory action research approaches with multimodal data collection and analytic strategies.


  • 2019–present
    Research scientist, Wellesley College Youth, Media, and Wellbeing Lab
  • 2019–2023
    Graduate student researcher, University of California, Irvine


  • 2023 
    University of California, Irvine, Ph.D. Social Ecology
  • 2020 
    University of California, Irvine, M.A. Social Ecology
  • 2012 
    Johns Hopkins University, B.A. Psychological Science