Studies Undertaken in Partnership with Researchers

A particular strength of Nueva Vida has been the engagement in research partnerships with cancer centers and academic institutions that have resulted in, among others, publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Lydia Buki, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Objective and Methodology:
Latina breast cancer survivors not benefiting from advances in psychosocial interventions.Limited information about this population. This qualitative study examined the experiences of 18 immigrant Latina breast cancer survivors along the survivorship continuum, from diagnosis to long-term survivorship.
(qualitative - focus groups)


Sheppard, V. B, Figueiredo, M., Cañar, J., Goodman, M., Caicedo L., Kaufman, A., Norling, G., Mandelblatt, J., Latin American Cancer Research Coalition, Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center 


Objective and Methodology:
Aims were to: (1) identify factors in Latinas' treatment decision making and (2) develop and pilot a decision support intervention
(formative - pilotintervention)


M. Lopez-Class, M. Perret-Gentil, B Kresling, L Caicedo, J.s.Mandelblatt, K.D. Graves.Latin American Cancer Research Coalition, Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center 


Objective and Methodology:
This study examined social, cultural, and health care system factors that impact quality of life and survivorship experiences of Latina immigrant breast cancer survivors.
(qualitative study - interviews, focus groups)


Patierno et al,George Washington University and the National Cancer Institute 

Objective and Methodology:
(1) Determine if navigation will be more effective than no navigation in decreasing the time from suspicious finding to diagnostic resolution and the time from diagnosis to treatment initiation. (2) Determine if navigation is the most cost-effective strategy in terms of costs per quality adjusted year of life saved. (3) Determine what factors mediate the intervention effects. 


S.F. Wallington, G. Luta, A.M. Noone, L.Caicedo, M. Lopez-Glass, V. Sheppard, C. Spencer, J. Mandelblatt

Objective and Methodology:
There is a paucity of data on determinants of clinical trial participation in the growing and diverse US Latino population. We describe correlates of awareness of and willingness to participate in clinical trials among Central and South American Latinos using safety net clinics. (cross-sectional survey)


KarlynnBrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, MSW, OSW-C, James R. Zabora, ScD 
National Catholic School of Social Service of The Catholic University of America

Objective and Methodology:
To undertake an evaluation of NV's access and mental health programs to determine to what extent the NV model results in improved self-efficacy at the individual level;
To examine the effect of NV's programs on levels of self-efficacy, psychological distress, and quality of life as primary outcomes.
(quasi experimental time-series design)


KarlynnBrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, MSW, OSW-C, James R. Zabora, ScD.National Catholic School of Social Service of The Catholic University of America

Objective and Methodology:
To describe how a community/university partnership can be successful though both groups working towards the common goal of improving patient services.

Additional Publications

Darling M, Gonzalez F, Graves K, et al., Practical Tips for Establishing Partnerships With Academic Researchers: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations, Progress in Community Health Partnerships (Summer 2015).

Patient Navigation Significantly Reduces Delays in Breast Cancer Diagnosis in the District of Columbia Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Oct;21(10):1655-63.

Elashoff, D., Zhou, H., Reiss, J., Wang, J., Xiao, H., Henson, B., ... & Messadi, D. (2012). Prevalidation of salivary biomarkers for oral cancer detection. Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Biomarkers, 21(4), 664-672.

Hoffman, H. J., LaVerda, N. L., Young, H. A., Levine, P. H., Alexander, L. M., Brem, R., ... & Huerta, E. (2012). Patient navigation significantly reduces delays in breast cancer diagnosis in the District of Columbia.

Juliana Munoz, Christina Rush, Bess Flashner, Ghipsel Cibrian, Sandra Martinez, Claudia Campos, et al., “The song inside”: “La canción por dentro”—Individual and dyadic impact of breast cancer for caregivers of Latina survivors. Psychooncology. 2016 Nov 27. doi: 10.1002/pon.4326

Lopez-Class, M., Perret-Gentil, M., Kreling, B., Caicedo, L., Mandelblatt, J., & Graves, K. D. (2011). Quality of life among immigrant Latina breast cancer survivors: realities of culture and enhancing cancer care. Journal of Cancer Education, 26(4), 724-733.

Rush,C.L.,  M. Darling, M.G. Elliott et al., Engaging Latina Cancer Survivors, their Caregivers, and Community Partners in a Randomized Controlled Trial: Nueva Vida Intervention Quality of Life Research 24(5) (May 2015): 1107-1118.

Rush, C.L.; Lobo, T.; Serrano, A.; Blasini, M.; Campos, C.; Graves, K.D. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Latina Breast Cancer Survivors’ Symptoms and Functioning.  Healthcare 2016, 4, 80.

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