Cynthia M. Mojica, Ph.D.

Cynthia Mojica is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has more than 10 years experience with health services research in cancer prevention and control, emphasizing development of community-based interventions among ethnic minorities and underserved populations. Mojica received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from the University of California Davis and a master’s and doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health, where she received the National Cancer Institute’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award and was a predoctoral fellow in the Kellogg Fellows in Health Policy Research Program. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health Career Development Program in Population-Based Cancer Prevention and Control at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA.

Research Interests & Projects

Mojica’s work highlights the need to focus on system-level factors when designing interventions for cancer screening and diagnostic follow-up. A recent project examines the effects of contextual/neighborhood characteristics on cancer outcomes and related implications for intervention design. Mojica is also developing a research agenda on childhood obesity, having recently received a grant from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a randomized intervention trial targeting overweight and obese Latino children in a pediatric clinic. Results of this study will be used to build a toolkit disseminated to pediatric practitioners interested in tackling childhood obesity.

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Mojica, C.M., Bastani, R., Boscardin, J., Ponce, N. (2007) Low-income Women with Breast Abnormalities: System Predictors of Timely Diagnostic Resolution. Cancer Control 14(2):176-182.

Mojica, C.M., Bastani, R., Ponce, N., Boscardin, J. (2007) Indigent Latina Immigrants with Abnormal Breast Findings: Patient Predictors of Timely Diagnostic Resolution. Journal of Women’s Health 16(10):1468-1477.

Bastan, R., Glenn, B., Maxwell, A., Ganz, P., Mojica, C.M., Chang, C. (2008) Validation of self-reported colorectal cancer screening in a study of ethnically diverse first degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 17(4):791-798.

Maxwell, A.E., Bastani, R., Glenn, B.A., Mojica, C.M., Chang, L.C. (2009) An experimental test of the effect of incentives on recruitment of ethnically diverse colorectal cancer cases and their first-degree relatives into a research study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 18:2620-2625.

Mojica C.M., Bastani R. Validity of Self-Reported Receipt of Diagnostic Tests for Breast Cancer among Low Income, mostly Latina, Indigent Women. (2010) Evaluation and the Health Professions. Pre-published May 10 as doi: 10.1177/0163278710367802.

Bastani R., Mojica C.M., Berman B., Ganz P. (2010) Telephone Counseling to Increase Diagnostic Resolution: Results of a Randomized Trial among Women with Abnormal Breast Findings. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 19(8): 1927-1936.