Normarie Torres

Normarie Torres
Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences · Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Objectives: This brief report aims to describe and determine the association of family functioning (e.g., cohesion and expressiveness) with psychosocial needs among Spanish Latinx patients coping with advanced cancers. Methods: Descriptive and correlation analyses were performed on data from 103 patients coping with advanced cancer (Stages III a...
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There is a known end-of-life related disparity among Latino individuals, and there is a need to develop culturally sensitive interventions to help patients and caregivers cope with advanced cancer. Latino patients and caregivers coping with advanced cancer were asked to list important end-of-life topics to culturally inform a psychosocial intervent...
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Latinx advanced cancer patients and caregivers are less likely to have adequate access to culturally congruent psychosocial interventions. Culturally relevant and adapted interventions are more effective within minority groups. We obtained patients’ and caregivers’ initial evaluations of the Caregivers–Patients Support to Latinx coping with advance...
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Background This qualitative study aims to identify facilitators of and barriers to the implementation of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP) by providers of mental health services to Latinos in the US and Latin America using the practical, robust implementation and sustainability model (PRISM). This information will be used to increase usability a...
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Introduction: Literature suggests couple-based interventions that target quality of life and communication can lead to positive outcomes for patients with cancer and their partners. Nevertheless, to date, an intervention to address the needs of Latino families coping with advanced cancer has not been developed. Meta-analytic evidence suggests that...
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On 7 January 2020, the southern region of Puerto Rico was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, followed by continual seismic activity. Our team performed secondary analyses to explore the relationship between exposure to seismic activity, protection (support) received, and barriers to health care access for cancer patients. Methods: The research t...
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The goal of FIPOL (Training and Resources in Psychosocial Oncology for Latin America) is to support the development of psychosocial oncology (PO) in Latin American countries FIPOL aims to increase global awareness of academic opportunities in PO and behavioral medicine and facilitates exchanges and collaborations between Spanish‐speaking clinicians...
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Citation: Castro-Figueroa, E.M.; Acevedo, K.I.; Peña-Vargas, C.I.; Torres-Blasco, N.; Flores, I.; Colón-Echevarria, C.B.; Maldonado, L.; Rodríguez, Z.; Aquino-Acevedo, A.N.; Jim, H.; et al. Depression, Anxiety, and Social Environmental Adversity as Potential Modulators of the Immune Tumor Microenvironment in Breast Cancer Patients. Med. Sci. 2021,...
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Background: Mounting data suggest that exposure to chronic stress is associated with worse breast cancer outcomes. This study aimed to explore the impact of social environmental adversity (SEA, e.g., child abuse, crime, sexual, and physical violence), depressive symptomatology, and anxiety on immune cell infiltration into the breast tumor microenvi...
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Background: Anxiety and depression symptoms are known to increase cancer symptom burden, yet little is known about the longitudinal integrations of these among Hispanic/Latinx patients. The goal of this study was to explore the trajectory and longitudinal interactions among anxiety and depression, cancer symptom burden, and health-related quality o...
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Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.1 About 1.3 million new cancer cases and 666,000 cancer deaths were estimated to have occurred in 2018 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cancer is also the leading cause of death of Latinos in the U.S., accountin...
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Background: Latino cancer patients are at risk of poor psychological adjustment. Therapeutic effectiveness in treating Latino cancer patients with advanced cancer requires managing distress, therapeutic skill, and cultural competency. This mixed-methods study explored mental health providers' perceptions of the challenging aspects of counseling an...
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In Puerto Rico, cancer incidence increases significantly, and is accompanied with a greater risk of experiencing high levels of depressive symptoms, emotional distress, and reduced quality of life when compared to other minority ethnic groups. Studies suggest that interventions to attend distress in Latino patient population would benefit from incl...
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Background: Latino patients with advanced cancer need culturally responsive, effective psychotherapeutic interventions that can assist them in coping with their diagnosis and improve spiritual and existential well-being and psychological adjustment. Objective: This study describes the cultural and linguistic adaptation of individual meaning-center...
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe the preferences, the use, satisfaction of mental health services (MHS) among a sample of Puerto Rican patients with cancer undergoing oncology treatment. Methods: A convenience sample of 120 patients diagnosed with cancer was recruited. Self-report questionnaires assessed socio-demographic and b...
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Background: Meaning-centered psychotherapy (MCP) is a structured psychotherapeutic intervention that aims to improve existential and spiritual well-being in patients with advanced cancer. To validate it, several efficacy studies with predominantly non-Hispanic white patients have been done. Puerto Ricans residing on the island are a largely overloo...
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In Puerto Rico, during the period from 1990 to 2010, the incidence of all types of cancer had a statistically significant gradual increase of a rate of 0.3% per year. Similarly there was an increase in survival rates of 1% to 2%. This meant an increase in the demand for integrated services given its importance and its role in the survival process....
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In Puerto Rico, during the period 1990 to 2010, the incidence of all types of cancer had a statistically significant gradual increase of a rate of 0.3% per year. Similarly there was an increase in survival rates of 1% to 2%. This meant an increase in the demand for integrated services given its importance and its role in the survival process. Curre...
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Considering the high prevalence of depression and anxiety symptoms experiences by cancer patients, it is crucial to integrate the psychosocial care into clinical oncology services. However, little is known about how Puerto Rican cancer patients, a Hispanic sub-ethnicity, prefer such care. Thus, the purpose of this study was to observe, the use, sat...

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