Assistant Professor, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UPRCCC), San Juan, PR & Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR
Complete list of publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1HQ0bbl7chE5f/bibliography/54062901/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending
Dr. Soto is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Soto has a master in Sciences (MSc) in Epidemiology and a DrPH with Specialty in Social Determinants of Health from the UPR Graduate School of Public Health. She completed the NCI Summer Course in Cancer Prevention, The Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control in the Summer of 2018. In addition, she completed a part-time postdoctoral research experience in Cancer Epidemiology at the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) located at Lyon, France. During this research experience, she developed a risk factor prediction model as a triage test for HR-HPV positive women, using data from the Multicentric study of cervical cancer screening and triage with HPV testing (ESTAMPA), an ongoing study from IARC. Dr. Soto has a broad background in epidemiology and biostatistics, with training and expertise in the methodology and statistical analysis of complex databases of population-based and clinical studies. Dr. Soto has been involved in the description of cancer health disparities in Puerto Rico as compared with other racial/ethnic groups in the US, using data from the PR Central Cancer Registry and SEER. Dr. Soto has a strong research interests in cancer health disparities and infection (HIV/AIDS, HPV, Hepatitis C and H pylori) which has been documented in 49 peer-reviewed publications (5 first author and 46 co-author) in these areas. Her long term research goal is to understand the social and structural factors that potentially influence the access to cancer care. In September 2020, she was awarded with a Diversity Supplement (U54CA096297-S17) within the UPR/MDACC Partnership with the following specific aims: (1) To develop and evaluate (determine the performance characteristics and validate) a risk assessment tool for the detection of HSIL/HSIL+ among HR-HPV positive women; (2) To develop a risk assessment tool for the detection of anal HSIL among PLWH. In addition, she is an investigator in an NCI-funded research project (grant # 1 U54CA242646-01) focused on the prevention of HPV-related cancers in HIV+ populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Also, Dr. Soto was a consultant in an NCI-funded research project (grant # R21CA239456) aimed to examine the effect of hurricanes Irma and Maria on cancer care disruption among patients with breast and colorectal cancer in Puerto Rico.
(Updated Jan 26, 2021)