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About Mercedes Fernandez

Mercedes Fernandez, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at NSU's College of Psychology. Her research focus is in the area of experience-dependent neuroplasticity in humans and involves using electroencephalographic and neuropsychological measures.  She is interested broadly on neural inhibitory control in the frontal lobes and on neuropsychological test performance in bilinguals.  She measures the brain’s electrical activity to study the link between second language proficiency and neural inhibition. More recently, Dr. Fernandez has been studying neurophysiological changes associated with psychotherapy. Specifically, she and her colleagues are investigating changes in the electroencephalogram after narrative therapy.


2013 - Present Director, Experimental Psychology Graduate Program, Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology
2009 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, International Neuropsychological Society
Present Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology
Present Member, Society for Psychophysiological Research
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Honors and Awards

  • 2008 Faculty of the Year Award
  • 1988-1990 Member of Psi Chi, The Psychology National Honor Society


1998 Ph.D., Psychology, University of Arizona
1995 M.A., Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
1990 B.A., Psychology, Florida International University
1987 B.A., English, Florida International University

Contact Information

(954) 262-7804


Articles (23)

Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Mercedes Fernandez

Books and Book Contributions (1)

Presentations (23)

Conference presentations, proceedings, lectures, and symposia given by Dr. Mercedes Fernandez