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Dr. Emily Hernandez is a tenure track Professor with the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She teaches in the School-Based Family Counseling program, a graduate training program that integrates the Marriage and Family Therapy degree with the school counseling credentials. She has extensive experience as a K-12 administrator and counselor in the field of Pupil Services and Child Welfare and Attendance.

Her research focus and areas of expertise are dropout prevention and intervention, school attendance, school climate and safety, bullying, student engagement,  and community partnerships.  She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working in private practice, agency, and government settings with family systems, victims of violent crime, trauma, and children with school-related problems.



Doctorate of Educational Leadership

University of Southern California 

Concentration Educational Psychology


Masters of Science in Counseling

California State University, Los Angeles

Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling


Bachelor at Arts in Psychology

California State University, Los Angeles

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