Angela Fernandez, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: 608-265-8335

3173 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Angela Fernandez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, School of Social Work
PhD, University of Washington, School of Social Work
MPH, University of Washington, School of Public Health (Global Health)
MSW, University of Washington, School of Social Work
BSW, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, School of Social Welfare

Angela Fernandez, PhD, MPH, LCSW (she/her), is an Assistant Professor and member of the campus Native American Environment, Health, and Community faculty cluster. A member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin, her research program is built on over two decades of combined national and international social work and public health research, practice, teaching, and service experience with Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities in inpatient and outpatient health care settings, academic settings, non-profit organizations, and the Peace Corps. As a clinician, she has worked with interprofessional teams in inpatient and outpatient care and holds clinical social work licenses in the states of Wisconsin and Washington. As a prevention scientist, she examines the role of cultural practices and human interconnectedness within Nature as protective factors in the prevention of chronic and co-occurring diseases (e.g. HIV, mental health, substance misuse, diabetes, cardiovascular disease) and in the promotion of health, social and environmental equity and justice, within the context of environmental and climate change among Indigenous peoples, families and communities.


American Indian Studies (AIS)

Research focus areas

Health Disparities

  • Indigenous health equity
  • Social, political, cultural, historical, and environmental determinants of health
  • Chronic & co-occurring diseases

Health Systems and Public Health

  • Indigenous health equity
  • Culturally grounded, arts, place & land-based interventions

Children, Families and Reproductive Health

  • Latinx emerging adults, cultural protective factors & sexual risk behavior
  • Indigenous intergenerational health knowledge transmission (e.g., youth, adults, elders)

Health Disparities Health Systems & Public Health Mental Health & Substance Use

Learn more About Dr. Fernandez’s research