Dr. Mario Hernandez has over 30 years of experience working with organizations and communities to develop a model for enhancing mental health service accessibility for ethnically and racially diverse children and families. Currently, Dr. Hernandez is the Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies where is responsible for fiscal management, personnel management, and research development. He provides leadership and management for a variety of research and technical assistance projects at local, national, and international levels. His research interests include accessibility of mental health services for diverse children and families, and identifying and measuring organizational factors associated with reducing mental health disparities. He developed an approach using logic models and theories of change that supports the design and implementation of local child mental health collaboratives. Dr. Hernandez has been instrumental in helping many local communities build and design their child mental health services using logic models. He currently serves on a number of national committees: Certification Commission for the National FFCMH for Children’s Mental Health; Cultural Competence Resource Senior Advisor for the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health; National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA); and American Psychological Association Committee for Youth and Families.