Ashley Hernandez is a Health Scientist ll with Cardno ChemRisk in the Houston, Texas office. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Spanish as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Texas Tech University and a Master’s of Science in Public Health (MSPH) from the University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio, Texas. Currently, she is completing her doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her Master’s thesis focused on the association between air pollution (particulate matter 2.5 and ozone) with the prevalence of diabetes mellitus within the United States. Following her Master’s, Ashley began her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where her dissertation work focused on the association between respirable dust with ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mortality among taconite (ie, iron) workers in Minnesota. While at the University of Minnesota, she also had opportunities to explore a variety of projects in addition to her dissertation work. She has worked on a range of projects involving health policy, rural health and health disparities in rural areas, the implementation of and effects of anti-bullying policies on adolescents, research related to firearms, and environmental and occupational research related to pesticides among farm families in the United States and pulmonary effects due to air pollution in China.


  • PhD(c), Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2020
  • MSPH, Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health, 2016
  • BS, Biology, Texas Tech University, 2008
  • BA, English and Spanish, Texas Tech University, 2008

Professional Associations

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER): 2018-2019
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE): 2019-present
  • Peer-reviewer: Environmental Pollution, Global Epidemiology, Environmental Research

Most Recent Awards/Professional Honors

  • CDC/NIOSH (MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant)
  • NIOSH Traineeship Grant
  • Dinnaken Fellowship
  • UTHealth Dean’s Excellence Scholarship