The overarching aim of my research program is to understand the significant challenges faced by patients coping with cancer and improve outcomes across the cancer continuum through patient-centered healthcare and tailored, empirically-supported interventions. My interests include resilience, metastatic disease, and supportive care needs, as well as psychoneuroimmunology and the pathways through which psychosocial factors influence stress biology. I am interested in moving beyond a singular focus on distress and symptom reduction in order to elucidate the unique effects of protective psychological processes, such as purpose and meaning in life, acceptance, and positive emotion, on quality of life and health outcomes in cancer survivors. I am also committed to improving women's health and collaborate on projects in the areas of urogynecology and reproductive endocrinology. Due to persistent disparities experienced by racial and ethnic minorities, a primary area of my research focuses on identifying factors that can be targeted to improve quality of life and health outcomes among Hispanics/Latinos and other underrepresented, underserved individuals.


Penedo, F. J., Fox, R. S., Walsh, E. A., Yanez, B., Miller, G. E., Oswald, L. B., Estabrook, R., Chatterton, R. T., Mohr, D. C., Begale, M. J., Flury, S. C., Perry, K., Kundu, S. D. & Moreno, P. I. (in press). Effects of web-based cognitive behavioral stress management and health promotion interventions on neuroendocrine and inflammatory markers in men with advanced prostate cancer: A randomized controlled trial. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity. PDF

Gomez-Perez, D., Cancino, M., Moreno, P. I., & Ortiz, M. S. (2020). Weight stigma, chronic stress, unhealthy diet, and obesity in Chilean adults. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, early view online. PDF

Lattie, E. G., Bass, M., Garcia, S. F., Phillips, S. M., Moreno, P. I., Flores, A. M., Smith, J. D., Scholtens D., Barnard, C., Penedo, F. J., Cella, D., & Yanez B. (2020). Optimizing health information technologies for symptom management in cancer patients and survivors: Usability evaluation. JMIR Formative Research, 4(9): e18412. PDF

Penedo, F. J., Fox, R. S., Oswald, L. B., Moreno, P.I., Boland, C. L., Estabrook, R., McGinty, H. L., Mohr, D. C., Begale, M. J., Dahn, J. R., Flury, S. C., Perry, K. T., Kundu, S. D., & Yanez, B.  (2020). Technology-based psychosocial intervention to improve quality of life and reduce symptom burden in men with advanced prostate cancer: Results from a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 27, 490–505. PDF

Ramirez, A. G., Choi, B. Y., Munoz, E., Perez, A., Gallion, K. J., Moreno, P. I., & Penedo, F. J. (2020). Assessing the effect of patient navigator assistance to psychosocial support services on health-related quality of life in a randomized clinical trial in Latino breast, prostate, colorectal cancer survivors. Cancer, 126(5),1112-1123. PDF


Fox, R. S., Moreno, P.I., Yanez, B., Estabrook, R., Thomas, J., Bouchard, L. C., McGinty, H. L., Mohr, D. C., Begale, M. J., Flury, S. C., Perry, K. T., Kundu, S. D., & Penedo, F. J. (2019). Integrating PROMIS computerized adaptive tests into a web-based intervention for prostate cancer. Health Psychology, 38(5), 403-409. PDF

Moreno, P. I., Yanez, B., Schuetz, S. J., Wortman, K., Gallo, L. C., Benedict, C., Brintz, C. E., Cai, J., Castaneda, S. F., Perreira, K. M., Gonzalez, P., Gonzalez, F., Isasi, C. R. & Penedo, F. J (2019). Cancer fatalism and adherence to national cancer screening guidelines: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Cancer Epidemiology, 60, 39-45. PDF

Moreno, P. I., Dooley, L. N., & Bower, J. E. (2019). Unique associations of eudaimonic and hedonic wellbeing with adjustment in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 36(5), 649-657. PDF

Ramirez, A. G., Gallion, K. J., Perez, A., Munoz, E., Parma, D. L., Moreno, P. I., & Penedo, F. J. (2019). Improving quality of life among Latino cancer survivors: Design of a randomized trial of patient navigation. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 76, 41-48. PDF

Moreno, P. I., Ramirez, A. G., San Miguel-Majors, S. L., Castillo, L., Fox, R. S., Gallion, K. J., Munoz, E., Estabrook, R., Perez, A., Lad, T., Hollowell, C. & Penedo, F. J. (2019). Unmet supportive care needs in Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors: Prevalence and associations with patient-provider communication, satisfaction with cancer care, and symptom burden. Supportive Care in Cancer. 27(4), 1383-1394PDF

Penedo, F. J., Antoni, M. H., Moreno, P. I., Traeger, L., Perdomo, D., Dahn, J., Miller, G. E., Cole, S. Orjuela, J., Pizarro, E. & Yanez, B. (2018). Study design and protocol for a culturally adapted cognitive behavioral stress and self-management intervention for prostate cancer: The Encuentros de Salud Study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 71, 173-180. PDF

Moreno, P. I., Ramirez, A. G., San Miguel-Majors, S. L., Fox, R. S., Castillo, L., Gallion, K. J., Munoz, E., Estabrook, R., Perez, A., Lad, T., Hollowell, C. & Penedo, F. J. (2018). Satisfaction with cancer care, self-efficacy, and health-related quality of life in Latino cancer survivors. Cancer, 124(8), 1770-1779. PDF

Moreno, P. I., Wiley, J., & Stanton, A. L. (2017). Coping through emotional approach: Emerging evidence for the utility of processing and expressing emotions in response to stress. In C. R. Snyder, S. J. Lopez, L. M. Edwards, & S. C. Marques (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. PDF


Crosswell, A. D., Moreno, P. I., Raposa, E., Motivala, S., Stanton, A. L., Ganz, P. A., & Bower, J. E. (2017). Effects of mindfulness training on emotional and physiologic recovery from induced negative emotion. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 86, 78-86. PDF


Dooley, L. N., Slavich, G. M., Moreno, P. I., & Bower, J. E. (2017). Strength through adversity: Moderate life stress is associated with psychological resilience in breast cancer survivors. Stress & Health, 1-9. PDF


Moreno, P. I., Bauer, M. R.,  Yanez, B., Jorge, A., Maggard-Gibbons, M. & Stanton, A. L. (2016). Dispositional emotional expressivity, cancer-specific coping, and distress in socioeconomically disadvantaged Latinas. Health Psychology, 35(6), 584-593. PDF


Yanez, B., Maggard-Gibbons, M., Moreno, P. I., Jorge, A., & Stanton, A. L. (2016). Predictors of psychological outcomes in a longitudinal study of Latina breast cancer survivors. Psychology & Health, 31(11), 1359-1374. PDF


Moreno, P. I., Moskowitz, A. L., Ganz, P. A., & Bower, J. E (2016). Positive affect and inflammatory activity in breast cancer survivors: Examining the role of affective arousal. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(5), 532-541. PDF


Moreno, P. I. & Stanton, A. L. (2013). Personal growth in patients with advanced cancer: A systematic review. The Cancer Journal, 19(5), 421-430. PDF