Thank you for visiting my website. Here you will find information about me and my lab as well as descriptions of my research, teaching, and clinical activities. Feel free to read about recent news below and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in collaborating or joining our team.
Our team (Moreno & Cheung, MPIs) was awarded a two-year, $225,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation - Pathways to Character Project to conduct a study that prospectively examines the effects of undergoing a diagnostic biopsy and receiving a new cancer diagnosis on couples.
I presented an overview of my career trajectory as a Latina woman in science and research examining health disparities among Latinos at UT Health San Antonio as part of the 2018 ¡Éxito! summer institute. Funded by the National Cancer Institute (R25CA134301), the ¡Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training Program aims to increase the number of Latino master's-level students and health professionals who pursue and complete doctoral degrees in cancer control and survivorship research.
I was awarded a diversity supplement (R01MD010440, MPIs Griffith & Paasche-Orlow) from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to conduct a comprehensive study of meaning and purpose in life in English- and Spanish-speaking primary care patients with varying levels of health literacy. Drs. James Griffith and David Cella are my co-primary mentors on this project.
In the News
I was interviewed by Everyday Health about support groups specifically for women living with metastatic breast cancer. The article focuses on how these groups differ from other breast cancer support groups and factors patients may want to consider before joining.
I was awarded an American Cancer Society - Institutional Research Grant through the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center that aims to optimize quality of life in women living with metastatic breast cancer by examining the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention tailored to meet the unique needs of this population. Dr. Frank Penedo at the University of Miami is co-principal investigator of this grant.
Dr. Ann Marie Flores and I were awarded a Cancer Control and Survivorship Catalyst Pilot Grant from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center to characterize health-related quality of life and assess unmet comprehensive care needs in head and neck cancer survivors treated at Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Bharat Mittal, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, is co-investigator on this grant.
Drs. Elaine Cheung and Eve Feinberg were awarded a two-year research grant from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine to characterize fertility concerns among women physicians in academic medicine and model the cost-effectiveness of oocyte vitrification ("egg freezing") for deferred reproduction. I am co-investigator on this grant.
Our team was awarded a second year of funding from the American Cancer Society - Institutional Research Grant to conduct a three-arm randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management (CBSM), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and usual care on quality of life among women living with metastatic breast cancer. Dr. Frank Penedo at the University of Miami is co-principal investigator of this grant.
Foro Comunitario Sobre Cáncer de Seno
Junto con Claudia Tellez, MD (Northwestern University) y Rosalinda Alvarado, MD (Rush University Medical Center), seré panelista en un foro comunitario sobre el cáncer de seno el sábado 17 de octubre. Nuestras presentaciones se enfocarán en los tratamientos y cirugías para el cáncer de seno junto con los desafíos y emociones que enfrentan los sobrevivientes de cáncer. Esta presentación virtual en español es hecho posible gracias a el Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center y la Asociación Latina de Asistencia y Prevención del Cáncer de Mama (ALAS-WINGS).