Nancy R. Cardona-Cordero, DrPH, MS

Assistant Investigator, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, UPR Comprehensive Cancer Center


Dr. Nancy Cardona Cordero joined the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the Comprehensive Cancer Center as an Assistant Investigator with expertise in environmental health. Dr. Cardona has worked closely with vulnerable populations nationally and internationally exploring how factors and determinants can affect health outcomes aiming at social and environmental justice. Her formative work includes a BS in Environmental Technology, an MS in Environmental Health, and a Doctor of Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships: (1) Global Health at the University of Rochester and (2) in Environmental Exposures and Health Disparities for the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).  She has training and experience in environmental health, applied public health, determinants of research participation, and community-based research that ranged from quantitative analytic work to engaging and translating results directly to community members. As a public servant in Puerto Rico, she designed and proposed environmental justice policies and engaged directly with government representatives.

Recent papers:

  1. Cardona Cordero NR, Lafarga Previdi I, Torres HR, Ayala I, Boronow KE, Santos Rivera A, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh A, Cordero JF, Brody JG, Brown P, Vélez Vega CM. Mi PROTECT: A personalized smartphone platform to report back results to participants of a maternal-child and environmental health research cohort program in Puerto Rico. PLOS Digit Health. 2023 Jan 18;2(1):e0000172. doi: 10.1371/journal.pdig.0000172. PMID: 36812649; PMCID: PMC9931308.
  2.  Cardona Cordero, N.R., Ramos, J.P., Tavarez, Z.Q. et al. Relationship between perceived social support and postpartum care attendance in three Latin American countries: a cross-sectional analytic study. glob health res policy 6, 16 (2021).

(Updated Aug 9, 2023)