My research focuses on health communication and reducing health disparities. I am interested in how communities and individuals are using new communication technologies for information exchange and advocacy; how they seek and share information, and on designing interventions using community-based research approach to reduce health disparities.
Entertainment Education Approach to Reducing Disparities in early Childhood Development and Behavioral Health. The goal of the study is to create a pilot intervention to increase parental and care takers' knowledge of early childhood development and behavior.
Funded by the "Community Engagement Award" of the University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Sciences Center." ($20,000) 04/01/2011-03/31/2011.
Investigating Cancer Prevention Information Behavior of Family Members of Hispanics Diagnosed with Cancer. The goal of the study is to explore cancer prevention information behavior of Hispanics with a family member diagnosed with cancer.
Funded by the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG) ($30,000). 10/01/2010-09/30/2011
Promoting Childhood Development Knowledge in Hispanic Community. The goal of the study is to examine perceptions and provide a short educational intervention to increase the knowledge of parents in Hispanic community about childhood development and mental health.
Funded by La Tierra Sagrada Association ($19,812), 10/01/2010-09/30/2011.
Verschraegen/Royce (PI). ARRA - (NM Minority Based Community Clinical Oncology Program).
Research Supplement to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers: Increasing minority participation in Cancer Clinical Trials. I received this supplemental grant to New Mexico Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. The goal of the study I am conducting is to examine perceptions of university and of community oncologists of barriers and facilitators in recruitment of minority cancer patients to clinical trials.
Funded by NCI ($317,000) 12/23/2009-09/30/2012.
Reducing Disparities in Childhood Development and Behavioral Health. The goal of the study is to explore parental and care takers' information needs regarding childhood development and behavioral health in low income urban community.
Funded by the "Community Engagement Award" of the University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Sciences Center." ($23,100) 10/01/2010-03/31/2011