Dr. Michelle Hernandez, PhD., received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in 2011. She received her Master’s degree from John F. Kennedy University in 2002. As a scholar and an activist, Dr. Hernandez focuses on positive disability representation within a multi-dimensional, inclusive, equitable, and transparent paradigm. As a Latina with a physical disability and a first-generation college graduate, Michelle brings a witty and charming style to discussing real-life topics such as culture, prejudice, employment, overcoming adversity in a discriminating society, and the intersectionality therein. Her presence and open-mindedness accentuate a genuine liveliness to her speaking engagements.
Dr. Hernandez’ is the business owner of Inclusive Psychological Services located in Walnut Creek, California. Her specialty areas include disability (physical, developmental, psychiatric, and learning), PTSD, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She has trained at the National Center for Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder through the United States Veterans Administration. She is active in the legislative process for new initiatives and laws regarding the empowered aging population and the disability community worldwide. Her training regarding the various aspects of disability and educational seminars spans a spectrum of diverse audiences from students (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary), doctors, law firms, corporations, non-profit agencies, governmental entities, and medical institutions and facilities. Dr. Hernandez brings a thoroughly unique perspective to all of her audiences. She combines her academic knowledge and research in disability justice while adding her very own personal life experiences. She is passionate about disability advocacy and is an inspirational public speaker.
She is an Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation and served for six years on the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Oakland, California. Most recently, she became a Board of Directors member for the John Muir Community Health Fund. Also, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority appointed her as a council member, where she serves on the Public Policy Advisory Council in San Francisco. Her dream is to have accessible shelters for disabled abused individuals with and without children to get to in a crisis. For her legacy, she has committed to having a “Lavender Blue” house in each county.