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College of Nursing Faculty

Ron Acierno

Melba Alexandra Hernandez-Tejada, DHA, PhD
Research Associate Professor

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 160
Charleston, SC 29425-1600

Telephone: (843) 792-6237

Dr. Melba A. Hernandez-Tejada is a Research Associate Professor in the MUSC College of Nursing, and a Research Scientist at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Hernandez-Tejada holds doctoral degrees in Health Administration and Clinical & Health Psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Disparities at MUSC. Her past research focused on physiological and psychological aspects of stress reactions in chronic diseases such as Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. This background informed her current work on access and engagement with services for both physical and mental health conditions. Her work employs innovative use of social support and telehealth, particularly among minority and vulnerable groups. She has also applied this focus to work with veterans, most specifically those with a mental health condition such as depression, and PTSD. She has engaged in practice ! level efforts involving raising awareness among providers regarding adequate screening, identification, diagnosis and referral of elder mistreatment survivors, and treatment options for elder abuse victims. She is currently interested in increasing collaborative efforts through inter-professional approaches to treating both Veterans and Older Adults for mental and physical health conditions in diverse populations. 

Keywords: PTSD, Telehealth, Older Adults, Interprofessionalism, Minorities, Treatment Engagement.