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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Teri L. Hernandez, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nursing

Teri Hernandez

Teri Hernandez has a special interest in understanding women's health, specifically in-utero programming influences such as diet that enhance or attenuate CVD and diabetes risk in pregnant mothers and their infants. Her growing area of expertise in research centers on glucose and lipid metabolism during pregnancy. She completed her baccalaureate degree in nursing at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1994. After working as a medical and oncology nurse in the Chicago area for 1 year, she was granted admission to a cardiovascular nurse internship program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 1995. During her years at Baylor, she fulfilled a variety of roles as a cardiovascular nurse, including: post-operative cardiothoracic, heart/lung transplant, telemetry, charge nurse/supervisor, and cardiac rehabilitation educator.

In 2000, she came to the University of Colorado Hospital and worked on 8 West General Clinical Research Center. She joined Dr. Robert Eckel as part of his research team in 2001, and joined the medicine faculty in Endocrinology as an Instructor in 2005. Her master of science in nursing degree was conferred in May, 2005 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In December, 2009, she completed her PhD in the UCD College of Nursing. Her Research interests include: insulin resistance, gestational diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, lipids and lipid metabolism, obesity and fat metabolism. She recently joined the medicine and nursing faculty as an assistant professor and will be teaching in the baccalaureate nursing program. She has a further interest in philosophy as it pertains to nursing science and other human sciences.

Degree    Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colorado


MS University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Aurora, Colorado
Nursing 2005
​BS ​Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois
​Nursing ​1994​


1.      Plenge, JK; Hernandez, TL; Weil, KM; Poirer, P; Grunwald, GK; Marcovina, SM; Eckel, RH.  Simvastatin lowers C-reactive protein within 14 days:  An effect independent of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol reduction.  Circulation, 2002;106:1447-1452.

2.      Capell, WH; DeSouza, CA; Poirer, P; Bell, ML; Stauffer, BL; Weil, KM; Hernandez, TL, Eckel, RH. Short-term triglyceride lowering with fenofibrate improves vasodilator function in subjects with hypertriglyceridemia.  Arterscler Thromb Vasc Biol, 2003; 23: 307-313.

3.      Hernandez, TL; Rupnow, JM; Currie, KL; Procious, JK; Adams, J. Creating an outcomes-based tool for learning barrier assessment in an out-patient educational program. J Cont Educ Nurs, 2003; 34(2): 78-85.

4.      Poirier, P; Hernandez, TL; Weil, KM; Shepard, TY; Eckel, RH.  Impact of diet-induced weight loss on cardiac autonomic nervous system in severe obesity. Obes Res, 2003, 11(9):1040-1047.

5.      Hernandez, TL. The Place of Experience in Graduate Level Nursing Education:  A time for discussion and debate.  Nursing Outlook, 2006, 54(1): 8-9.

6.      Eckel, RH, Hernandez, TL, Bell, ML, Weil, KM, Shepard, TY, Grunwald, GK, Sharp, TA, Francis, CC, and Hill, JO. Carbohyrdate balance predicts weight/fat gain in adults. Am J Clin Nutr, 2006, 83:803-8.

7.      Hernandez, TL, Capell, WH, Wolfe, P, Gerard, LA, Eckel, RH. Time course of C-reactive protein reduction with simvastatin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Am J Cardiol, 2006, 98:1656-1659

8.      Golden, WM, Weber, KB, Hernandez, TL, Sherman, SI, Woodmansee, WW, Haugen, BR.  Single-dose rexinoid rapidly and specifically suppresses serum thyrotropin in normal subjects.  J Clin Endocrinol Metabol, 2007, 92(1):124-30.

9.      Barbour LA, McCurdy CE, Hernandez, TL, Knotts TA, Shao J, Kirwan J, Catalano P, Friedman JE.  Cellular Mechanisms for Insulin Resistance in Normal Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes.  Diabetes Care, 2007, 30(7): S112-119.

10.  Wu, X, Zvonic, S, Floyd, ZE, Kilroy, G, Goh, BC, Hernandez, TL, Eckel, RH, Mynatt, RL, Gimble, JM. (2007). Induction of Circadian Gene Expression in Human Subcutaneous Adipose-derived Stem Cells. Obesity, 2007, 15(11): 2560-70.

11.  Cornier, M, Dabelea, D, Hernandez, TL, Lindstrom, RC, Steig, AJ, Stob, NR, VanPelt, RE, Wang, H, Eckel, RH.  The Metabolic Syndrome.  Endocrine Reviews, 2008, 29(7):777-822.

12.  Donahoo, WT, Hernandez, TL, Costa, JL, Jensen, DR, Coates, AM, Brennan, MB, Hochgeschwender, U, Eckel, RH. Plasma a-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (a-MSH): Gender Differences and Correlations with Obesity. Metabolism, 2009, 58(1): 16-21.

13.  Hernandez, TL, Ballard, RD, Weil, KM, Shepard, TY, Scherzinger, AL, Stamm, ER, Sharp, TA, Eckel, RH. Effects of Maintained Weight Loss on Sleep Dynamics and Neck Morphology in Severely Obese Adults.  Obesity, 2009, 17(1):84-91.

14.  Hernandez, TL; Sutherland, JP; Wolfe, P; Allian-Sauer, M; Capell, WH; Talley, ND; Wyatt, HR; Foster, GD; Hill, JO; Eckel, RH. Lack of suppression of circulating free fatty acids and hypercholesterolemia during weight loss on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet.  Am J Clin Nutr, 2010, 91(3):578-85.


Peer-reviewed Abstracts:

 15.  Barbour LA, McCurdy CE, Hernandez TL, Houssaye B de la Houssaye, Draznin B, Friedman JE.  Reduced IRS-1 and Increased SerIRS-1Phosphorylation in Skeletal Muscle from Women with GDM. [abstract]. Diabetes 55S1:A39, 2006.

16.  Hernandez, TL, VanPelt, RE, Jensen, DR, Reece, MS, Kahn, B, Friedman, JE, Barbour, LA. Glycemic patterns that predict neonatal adiposity in lean and obese pregnant women on fixed diets. Diabetes, 2009, 58. Suppl 1; A640.

17.  Barbour, LA, Hernandez, TL, Reece, MS, Kahn, B, Horton, T, Galan, H, Thureen, P, Kohrt, W, Friedman, JE, VanPelt, RE. Change in fasting triglycerides from early to late gestation are highly predictive of neonatal adiposity independent of maternal BMI. Diabetes, 2009, 58, Suppl 1; A84.

18.  Kahn, BF, Hernandez, TL, Reece, MS, Galan, HL, Barbour, LA. Sonographic predictors of fetal fat accretion. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2009,  201(6),S138-S139.



19.       Marsh, G, Clark, L, McElwain, CJ, Hernandez, TL, et al. Community Health Assessment: Park County, Colorado (2005). Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

20.       Adams, J; Adams, S; Bigej-Cerqua, J; Bryant, L; Castillo, A; Hernandez, TL; Hutchinson, R; Labellarte, A; Lofton, S; Penner, K; Rickard, J; Rupnow, J; Spears, J; Yim, P; Yount, P; Currie, KL; East C. (2001). Leap For LifeÒ: A guide to heart disease prevention and maintenance. Dallas: Baylor Healthcare Systems, Inc.

21.  Hernandez, T. Patterns of glycemia during the insulin resistance of pregnancy: Obesity, gestational diabetes and relationship to neonatal adiposity. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, United States -- Colorado. Retrieved March 8, 2010, from Dissertations & Theses @ University of Colorado System. (Publication No. AAT 3395917).

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