Veronica Cardenas

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Veronica Cardenas, PhD, is a bilingual licensed clinical psychologist. As part of Patient & Family Support Services at Moores Cancer Center, she provides psychological assessment, diagnosis or ongoing therapy for patient and families who are experiencing issues that are either related to the cancer experience or are interfering with cancer treatment.

    Research Interests

    Much of Dr. Cardenas’ research has focused on developing, testing, and implementing effective psychosocial treatments for under-represented community-dwelling adults and their families. These treatments focus on teaching strategies to care for one’s mental health to improve overall physical health. In this area, she has served as co-investigator for large research studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the San Diego County. She has also authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts, and has served as a reviewer for a number of journals.

    Dr. Cardenas has received numerous awards and national recognitions. Most recently she was awarded the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity Champion Award in recognition of academic achievements related to diversity in the community via research, clinical activities, teaching, and community involvement.

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    Clinical Focus

    As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director for Training and Education for Patient & Family Support Services, Dr. Cardenas works with trainees, interns, and psychiatry residents. She has close to a decade of experience as an educator, including teaching, supervising, and mentoring in academic, counseling and medical settings.

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    1. Development, implementation, and initial results of the UC San Diego Health Moores Cancer Center Wellbeing Screening Tool. Palliat Support Care. 2019 08; 17(4):431-435. Cardenas V, Abbott Y, Hirst JM, Mausbach BT, Agarwal S, Collier G, Tran L, Tamayo G, Downey A, Herring M, Irwin SA. PMID: 30600792.
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    2. Implementation-effectiveness trial of an ecological intervention for physical activity in ethnically diverse low income senior centers. BMC Public Health. 2017 07 18; 18(1):29. Rich P, Aarons GA, Takemoto M, Cardenas V, Crist K, Bolling K, Lewars B, Sweet CC, Natarajan L, Shi Y, Full KM, Johnson E, Rosenberg DE, Whitt-Glover M, Marcus B, Kerr J. PMID: 28720079; PMCID: PMC5516364.
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    3. Depression is Associated with Increased Risk for Metabolic Syndrome in Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Jun; 25(6):646-653. Cardenas V, Mausbach BT, Sommerfeld D, Jimenez D, von Känel R, Ho JS, Garcia P, Aarons GA. PMID: 28341138; PMCID: PMC5564669.
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    4. Validation of the UCSD Performance-based Skills Assessment (UPSA) in Hispanics with and without schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2016 Oct 30; 244:388-93. Mausbach BT, Tiznado D, Cardenas V, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. PMID: 27525829; PMCID: PMC5026959.
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    5. Improving the understanding of the link between cognition and functional capacity in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Schizophr Res. 2015 Dec; 169(1-3):121-127. Moore RC, Harmell AL, Harvey PD, Bowie CR, Depp CA, Pulver AE, McGrath JA, Patterson TL, Cardenas V, Wolyniec P, Thornquist MH, Luke JR, Palmer BW, Jeste DV, Mausbach BT. PMID: 26427917; PMCID: PMC4681671.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Telepsychiatry for Neurocognitive Testing in Older Rural Latino Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Jul; 23(7):666-70. Vahia IV, Ng B, Camacho A, Cardenas V, Cherner M, Depp CA, Palmer BW, Jeste DV, Agha Z. PMID: 25708655; PMCID: PMC4363076.
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    7. Direct and mediated effects of cognitive function with multidimensional outcome measures in schizophrenia: the role of functional capacity. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2013; 35(8):882-95. Ho JS, Moore RC, Davine T, Cardenas V, Bowie CR, Patterson TL, Mausbach BT. PMID: 23984631; PMCID: PMC3789849.
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    8. Using the repeatable battery for the assessment of neuropsychological status (RBANS) effort index to predict treatment group attendance in patients with schizophrenia. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Feb; 19(2):198-205. Moore RC, Davine T, Harmell AL, Cardenas V, Palmer BW, Mausbach BT. PMID: 23234753; PMCID: PMC3568222.
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    9. The use of the theory of planned behavior to predict engagement in functional behaviors in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2013 Jan 30; 205(1-2):36-42. Mausbach BT, Moore RC, Davine T, Cardenas V, Bowie CR, Ho J, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. PMID: 23031803; PMCID: PMC3538109.
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    10. When functional capacity and real-world functioning converge: the role of self-efficacy. Schizophr Bull. 2013 Jul; 39(4):908-16. Cardenas V, Abel S, Bowie CR, Tiznado D, Depp CA, Patterson TL, Jeste DV, Mausbach BT. PMID: 22328642; PMCID: PMC3686440.
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    11. Psychopathological and functional correlates of behavioral activation and avoidance in schizophrenia. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2011 Nov; 199(11):861-5. Depp CA, Cardenas V, Harris S, Vahia IV, Patterson TL, Mausbach BT. PMID: 22048138; PMCID: PMC3233969.
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    12. Mobile interventions for severe mental illness: design and preliminary data from three approaches. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2010 Oct; 198(10):715-21. Depp CA, Mausbach B, Granholm E, Cardenas V, Ben-Zeev D, Patterson TL, Lebowitz BD, Jeste DV. PMID: 20921861; PMCID: PMC3215591.
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    13. A call for training the trainers: focus on mentoring to enhance diversity in mental health research. Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr; 99 Suppl 1:S31-7. Jeste DV, Twamley EW, Cardenas V, Lebowitz B, Reynolds CF. PMID: 19246662; PMCID: PMC2724931.
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    14. Physical and mental health-related quality of life among older people with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2009 Mar; 108(1-3):207-13. Folsom DP, Depp C, Palmer BW, Mausbach BT, Golshan S, Fellows I, Cardenas V, Patterson TL, Kraemer HC, Jeste DV. PMID: 19168328; PMCID: PMC3643118.
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    15. A review of instruments for measuring functional recovery in those diagnosed with psychosis. Schizophr Bull. 2009 Mar; 35(2):307-18. Mausbach BT, Moore R, Bowie C, Cardenas V, Patterson TL. PMID: 19023122; PMCID: PMC2659309.
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    16. Relationship between functional capacity and community responsibility in patients with schizophrenia: differences between independent and assisted living settings. Community Ment Health J. 2008 Oct; 44(5):385-91. Mausbach BT, Depp CA, Cardenas V, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. PMID: 18449639; PMCID: PMC2600598.
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    17. Evaluation of a Culturally Tailored Skills Intervention for Latinos with Persistent Psychotic Disorders. Am J Psychiatr Rehabil. 2008 Jan 01; 11(1):61-75. Mausbach BT, Bucardo J, Cardenas V, McKibbin CL, Barrio C, Goldman SR, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. PMID: 19779589; PMCID: PMC2749281.
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    18. The relationship between functional capacity and community responsibilities in middle-aged and older Latinos of Mexican origin with chronic psychosis. Schizophr Res. 2008 Jan; 98(1-3):209-16. Cardenas V, Mausbach BT, Barrio C, Bucardo J, Jeste D, Patterson T. PMID: 17936585; PMCID: PMC2235823.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Reducing emergency medical service use in patients with chronic psychotic disorders: results from the FAST intervention study. Behav Res Ther. 2008 Jan; 46(1):145-53. Mausbach BT, Cardenas V, McKibbin CL, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. PMID: 17997395; PMCID: PMC2249612.
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    20. Symptoms of psychosis and depression in middle-aged and older adults with psychotic disorders: the role of activity satisfaction. Aging Ment Health. 2007 May; 11(3):339-45. Mausbach BT, Cardenas V, Goldman SR, Patterson TL. PMID: 17558585.
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