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Eida Castro

Faculty RankAssociate Professor
InstitutionPonce Health Sciences University
AddressP.O. Box 7026
Ponce PR 00738
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    I have a Psychology Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Post-Doctoral Master degree in Clinical and Translational Research. Currently, I am an Associate Professor at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), Puerto Rico. I hold a joint position at PHSU’s School of Medicine (SOM) and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (SBBS). Under my current faculty position, I devote 65% of my time to leading and co-leading trans-disciplinary population health research projects. Moreover, I have experience providing service to the community by partnering with local community-based organizations that provide psychosocial care to cancer patients/survivors. Additionally, I deliver mental health care to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

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    1. Gudenkauf LM, Hathaway CA, Carroll JE, Small BJ, Li X, Hoogland AI, Castro E, Armaiz-Pena GN, Oswald LB, Jim HS, Tworoger SS, Gonzalez BD. Inequities in the Impacts of Hurricanes and other Extreme Weather Events for Cancer Survivors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2024 Feb 22. PMID: 38385842.
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    2. De Hoyos G, Ramos-Sostre D, Torres-Rever?n A, Barros-Cartagena B, L?pez-Rodr?guez V, Nieves-V?zquez C, Santiago-Saavedra F, Appleyard CB, Castro EM, Flores I. Efficacy of an environmental enrichment intervention for endometriosis: a pilot study. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1225790. PMID: 37885745.
    3. Nieves-V?zquez CI, Detr?s-Marqu?z AC, Torres-Rever?n A, Appleyard CB, Llorens-De Jes?s AP, Resto IN, L?pez-Rodr?guez V, Ramos-Echevarr?a PM, Castro EM, Flores I. Feasibility and acceptability of an adapted environmental enrichment intervention for endometriosis: A pilot study. Front Glob Womens Health. 2022; 3:1058559. PMID: 36683601.
    4. Rosario-Ramos L, Suarez K, Pe?a-Vargas C, Toro-Morales Y, Costas-Mu?iz R, Castro E, Torres S, Torres-Blasco N. Important End-of-Life Topics among Latino Patients and Caregivers Coping with Advanced Cancer. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 07 23; 19(15). PMID: 35897338.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Patel MI, Ferguson JM, Castro E, Pereira-Estremera CD, Armaiz-Pe?a GN, Duron Y, Hlubocky F, Infantado A, Nuqui B, Julian D, Nortey N, Steck A, Bondy M, Maingi S. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cancer Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 07 01; 5(7):e2222009. PMID: 35834248.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    6. Oswald LB, Morales-Cruz J, Eisel SL, Del Rio J, Hoogland AI, Ortiz-Rosado V, Soto-Lopez G, Rodriguez-Rivera E, Savard J, Castro E, Jim HSL, Gonzalez BD. Pilot randomized controlled trial of eHealth cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia among Spanish-speaking breast cancer survivors. J Behav Med. 2022 06; 45(3):503-508. PMID: 35438442.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Cartujano-Barrera F, Pe?a-Vargas CI, Arana-Chicas E, P?rez-Ramos JG, Mattei J, Hurtado-de-Mendoza A, Costas-Mu?iz R, Jim?nez J, Cupertino AP, Castro EM. Dec?detexto: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Mobile Smoking Cessation Intervention in Puerto Rico. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 02 03; 18(4). PMID: 33546156.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Colon-Echevarria CB, Ortiz T, Maldonado L, Hidalgo-Vargas MJ, P?rez-Morales J, Aquino-Acevedo AN, Herrera-Noriega R, Bonilla-Claudio M, Castro EM, Armaiz-Pena GN. Zoledronic Acid Abrogates Restraint Stress-Induced Macrophage Infiltration, PDGF-AA Expression, and Ovarian Cancer Growth. Cancers (Basel). 2020 Sep 18; 12(9). PMID: 32962103.
    9. Rodriguez-Rabassa M, Hernandez R, Rodriguez Z, Colon-Echevarria CB, Maldonado L, Tollinchi N, Torres-Marrero E, Mulero A, Albors D, Perez-Morales J, Flores I, Dutil J, Jim H, Castro EM, Armaiz-Pena GN. Impact of a natural disaster on access to care and biopsychosocial outcomes among Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors. Sci Rep. 2020 06 25; 10(1):10376. PMID: 32587352.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Torres-Blasco N, Castro E, Crespo-Mart?n I, Gonzalez K, Ramirez EP, Gardu?o O, Costas-Mu?iz R. Comprehension and acceptance of the Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy with a Puerto Rican patient diagnosed with advanced cancer: A case study. Palliat Support Care. 2020 02; 18(1):103-109. PMID: 31771680.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. McIntyre J, Jim?nez J, Rivera YM, Sutton SK, Asencio G, Castro-Figueroa EM, Gwede CK, Brandon TH, Vadaparampil ST, Simmons VN, Corchado J, Moreno L, Wells KJ, Quinn GP. Comparison of Health Communication Channels for Reaching Hispanics About Biobanking: a Pilot Trial. J Cancer Educ. 2018 08; 33(4):833-841. PMID: 28378199.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Jim?nez J, Ramos A, Ramos-Rivera FE, Gwede C, Quinn GP, Vadaparampil S, Brandon T, Simmons V, Castro E. Community Engagement for Identifying Cancer Education Needs in Puerto Rico. J Cancer Educ. 2018 02; 33(1):12-20. PMID: 27722911.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Castro EM, Asencio G, Quinn GP, Brandon T, Gwede CK, Vadaparampil S, Simmons V, McIntyre J, Jim?nez J. Importance of and Satisfaction with Psychosocial Support among Cancer Patients and Survivors in Puerto Rico: Gender, Health Status, and Quality of Life Associations. P R Health Sci J. 2017 12; 36(4):205-211. PMID: 29220064.
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    15. Ram?rez EP, Blasco NT, Ortega OG, Castro E, Mu?iz RC. [Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology and Psycho-oncology Puerto Rican Graduated Students Research Training Needs]. Rev Puertorriquena Psicol. 2017 Jul-Dec; 28(2):296-313. PMID: 30505391.
    16. Lynce F, Graves KD, Jandorf L, Ricker C, Castro E, Moreno L, Augusto B, Fejerman L, Vadaparampil ST. Genomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Among Latinas. Cancer Control. 2016 Oct; 23(4):359-372. PMID: 27842325.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Castro EM, Santiago LE, Jim?nez JC, D?vila-Vargas D, Rosal MC. A Social-Ecological View of Barriers and Facilitators for HIV Treatment Adherence: Interviews with Puerto Rican HIV Patients. PLoS One. 2015; 10(9):e0125582. PMID: 26422049.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Menzie NS, Simmons VN, Quinn GP, Diaz DB, Pi?eiro B, Jimenez J, Castro E, Brandon TH. Acceptability and Cultural Appropriateness of Self-Help Booklets for Relapse Prevention in Puerto Rico. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Sep; 30(3):585-92. PMID: 25219544.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    19. Little TV, Wang ML, Castro EM, Jim?nez J, Rosal MC. Community health worker interventions for Latinos with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Curr Diab Rep. 2014 Dec; 14(12):558. PMID: 25374313.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Castro EM, Jim?nez JC, Quinn G, Garc?a M, Col?n Y, Ramos A, Brandon T, Simmons V, Gwede C, Vadaparampil S, Nazario CM. Identifying clinical and support service resources and network practices for cancer patients and survivors in southern Puerto Rico. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Apr; 23(4):967-75. PMID: 25249352.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Jiménez JC, Castro E, Santiago LS . Comunidad y academia: Construyendo una intervención para reducir el estigma sentido en personas con VIH. 2013; 24(1):1-17. View Publication.
    22. Jim?ez J, Morales M, Castro E, Puig M, V?lez CN, Santiago L, Zorrilla C. Levels of felt stigma among a group of people with HIV in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2012 Jun; 31(2):64-70. PMID: 22783698.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Gwede CK, Castro E, Brandon TH, McIntyre J, Meade CD, Munoz-Antonia T, Simmons VN, Vadaparampil ST, Jimenez J, Quinn GP. Developing strategies for reducing cancer disparities via cross-institutional collaboration: outreach efforts for the partnership between the Ponce School of Medicine and the Moffitt Cancer Center. Health Promot Pract. 2012 Nov; 13(6):807-15. PMID: 22167362.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Litvin EB, Rojas A, Brandon TH, Quinn G, Meade CD, Jimenez J, Castro E, Diaz Z, Simmons VN. Cultural Acceptability of a Smoking Relapse Prevention Intervention for Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico: Providers' Feedback. Hisp Health Care Int. 2011 Sep; 9(3):117-126. PMID: 26617474.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    
    25. Simmons VN, Quinn G, Litvin EB, Rojas A, Jimenez J, Castro E, Meade CD, Brandon TH. Transcreation of validated smoking relapse-prevention booklets for use with Hispanic populations. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Aug; 22(3):886-93. PMID: 21841285.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    26. Quinn GP, Jimenez J, Meade CD, Mu?oz-Antonia T, Gwede CK, Castro E, Vadaparampil ST, Simmons VN, McIntyre J, Crocker TT, Brandon TH. Enhancing oncology health care provider's sensitivity to cultural communication to reduce cancer disparities: a pilot study. J Cancer Educ. 2011 Jun; 26(2):322-5. PMID: 21479572.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Jim?nez J, Puig M, Sala AC, Ramos JC, Castro E, Morales M, Santiago L, Zorrilla C. Felt Stigma in Injection Drug Users and Sex Workers: Focus Group Research with HIV-Risk Populations in Puerto Rico. Qual Res Psychol. 2011; 8(1):26-39. PMID: 27013930.
    28. Simmons VN, Jim?nez JC, Castro E, Litvin EB, Gwede CK, Vadaparampil ST, Mclntyre J, Meade CD, Brandon TH, Quinn GP. Initial efforts in community engagement with health care providers: perceptions of barriers to care for cancer patients in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Mar; 30(1):28-34. PMID: 21449495.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Jimenez JC, Puig M, Ramos JC, Morales M, Asencio G, Sala AC, Castro E, Velez Santori C, Santiago L, Zorrilla C. Measuring HIV felt stigma: a culturally adapted scale targeting PLWHA in Puerto Rico. AIDS Care. 2010 Nov; 22(11):1314-22. PMID: 20665283.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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