Dr. Emily Jo Hernandez, LMFT

Dr. Emily Jo Hernandez, LMFT
Charter College of Education
Department of Special Education & Counseling
Office Location: KH A2049
Phone: 323-343-4424 Email: [email protected]


Dr. Emily Hernandez is a full time professor at 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 area of School Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance. Her 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.


Teaching interests include courses in the mental health and school counseling fields.  She has taught the following courses: 

California State University, Los Angeles

Basic Counseling Skills and Practicum in Counseling

Individual Counseling Strategies

Group Counseling

Seminar: Leadership in Pupil Personnel Services

Family Counseling with Children: Play Therapy

Family Counseling Laboratory

Supervision of Field Experience in School Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance

Los Angeles Trade-Tech Community College

Personal Development: College Orientation and College Success


Research areas of interest include School-Based Family Counseling, multi-cultural counseling, dropout prevention, intervention and recovery, child welfare and attendance, bullying, student engagement, community engagement and partnership, and counselor education and training. 


National Dropout Prevention Center, Board Member 

Friends of Los Angeles County Office of Education (FOL), Board Member

Institute for School-Based Family Counseling, Board Member

American Counseling Association, Professional Member

Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Professional Member

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Member

Los Angeles County District Attorney Office, California Victim Witness Assistance Center Program, "Outstanding Communty Partner" 2014, 2015


Title Date

Hernandez, E.J. Preventing Bullying and Dropout through Connecting with Students. National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Newsletter: Cyberbullying. 4.


Brodwin, M.G., Siu, F.W., Hernandez, E.J., Pedbani, R.N. (2016). Death and Dying: Basic Concepts, Disability, and Five Cultural Views. Journal of Rehabilitation


Hernandez, E.J., Brodwin, M., Siu, F. (2015) Bullying, Students with Disabilities, and Recommendations for Prevention of Bullying. Submitted to Journal of Rehabilitation (JOR 2015-76). 


Hernandez, E.J., “Counseling and Mental Health: An Overview”. Presented at Applied Technology Center High School, Montebello Unified School District. Montebello, CA, April 2016. 

April, 2016

“Bullying Basics.” Presented at Aspire Charter Schools. Huntington Park, CA, October 2015.

October, 2015

Hernandez, E.J. (2015) Reducing Bullying, and Preventing Dropout through Student Engagement: A Prevention Focused Lens for School-Based Family Counselors. International Journal of School-Based Family Counseling.


“Bullying Basics: Understanding the Problem and Learning How to Help.” Presented at the California Parks and Recreation Society, District 10, Recreation Leader Training and Consortium. Newport, CA. 

May 2015
"Student Engagement: A Systemic Intervention in Reducing Bullying and Dropout in K-12 Schools." Poster session presented at the California School-Based Health Alliance 2015 Statewide School Health Conference.  San Diego, CA.  April 2015

"Student Engagement as a Promising Practice in Reducing Bullying and Dropout." Presented at The School Safety Advocacy Council 2015 National Conference on Bullying. Orlando, FL. 

February 2015

Hernandez, E.J. (2014). Promising practices for preventing bullying in K-12 schools: Student engagement. University of Southern California. 


“California State University, Los Angeles, Pupil Personnel Services Credential: Authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance.” Presented for Los Angeles Unified School District Human Resources, Community Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. 

April 2014

"School-Based Family Counseling: A Multiculturally Sensitive Approach to Promoting School Success." Presented at The California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, 3rd Annual Conference. Fullerton, CA. 

January 2014

“Laws Related to Education.” Presented to California State University, Los Angeles, Law and Ethics Course, Guest Speaker. Los Angeles, CA. 

2013, 2014

Carter, M.J., & Hernandez, E.J. (2013) Chapter 44, The California State University, Los Angeles Masters of Science Degree in School-Based Family Counseling. In B. Gerrard & M. Soriano 2013 School-Based Family Counseling: Transforming Family-School Relationships (pp. 693-708). 


“Partnership between LAUSD and the Los Angeles Community Development Department.” Presented at Los Angeles Unified School District, City of Los Angeles, and multiple community Partners. Los Angeles, CA. 


“Using Technology in Counselor Education Training: COUN 505 Ipad Pilot Project.” Presented to California State University, Los Angeles, Division of Special Education and Counseling. Los Angeles, CA. 


“Student Recovery Day.” Presented for Los Angeles Unified School District, multiple school sites. Los Angeles, CA. 


“Making Safe and Successful Home Visits.” Presented for Los Angeles Unified School District, Student Recovery Day Training for School Sites. Los Angeles, CA. 


“Advancing Community Support through Social Media.” Presented at USC Rossier School of Education, Los Angeles, CA. 


“Student Dropout and Attendance: Helping Parents Understand the Problem.” Presented at Los Angeles Unified School District 15th Annual Parent Summit. Los Angeles, CA. 

April 2011

“School-wide Best Practice for Dropout Prevention, Intervention and Recovery.” Presented at Los Angeles Unified School District, Positive Behavior Support District Training. Los Angeles, CA. 




Ed.D. Educational Leadership, concentration Educational Psychology,  2014- University of Southern California 

Administrative Services Credential, 2009- California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 2006- California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification, 2002- California State University, Sacramento

M.S. Counseling, option Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, 2001- California State University, Los Angeles

Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling with Advanced Authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance,  2001- California State University, Los Angeles

B.A. Psychology, 1998- California State University, Los Angeles

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