Veronica Cardenas

Title(s)Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
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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. Cardenas V, Abbott Y, Hirst JM, Mausbach BT, Agarwal S, Collier G, Tran L, Tamayo G, Downey A, Herring M, Irwin SA. Development, implementation, and initial results of the UC San Diego Health Moores Cancer Center Wellbeing Screening Tool. Palliat Support Care. 2019 Jan 02; 1-5. PMID: 30600792.
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    2. 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. 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. PMID: 28720079.
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    3. Cardenas V, Mausbach BT, Sommerfeld D, Jimenez D, von Känel R, Ho JS, Garcia P, Aarons GA. 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. PMID: 28341138.
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    4. Mausbach BT, Tiznado D, Cardenas V, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. Validation of the UCSD Performance-based Skills Assessment (UPSA) in Hispanics with and without schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 2016 Oct 30; 244:388-93. PMID: 27525829.
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    5. 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. 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. PMID: 26427917.
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    6. Vahia IV, Ng B, Camacho A, Cardenas V, Cherner M, Depp CA, Palmer BW, Jeste DV, Agha Z. Telepsychiatry for Neurocognitive Testing in Older Rural Latino Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Jul; 23(7):666-70. PMID: 25708655.
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    7. Ho JS, Moore RC, Davine T, Cardenas V, Bowie CR, Patterson TL, Mausbach BT. 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. PMID: 23984631; PMCID: PMC3789849.
    8. Jimenez DE, Bartels SJ, Cardenas V, Alegría M. Stigmatizing attitudes toward mental illness among racial/ethnic older adults in primary care. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Oct; 28(10):1061-8. PMID: 23361866; PMCID: PMC3672370.
    9. Moore RC, Davine T, Harmell AL, Cardenas V, Palmer BW, Mausbach BT. 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. PMID: 23234753; PMCID: PMC3568222.
    10. Mausbach BT, Moore RC, Davine T, Cardenas V, Bowie CR, Ho J, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. 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. PMID: 23031803; PMCID: PMC3538109.
    11. Jimenez DE, Bartels SJ, Cardenas V, Dhaliwal SS, Alegría M. Cultural beliefs and mental health treatment preferences of ethnically diverse older adult consumers in primary care. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Jun; 20(6):533-42. PMID: 21992942; PMCID: PMC3258470.
    12. Cardenas V, Abel S, Bowie CR, Tiznado D, Depp CA, Patterson TL, Jeste DV, Mausbach BT. When functional capacity and real-world functioning converge: the role of self-efficacy. Schizophr Bull. 2013 Jul; 39(4):908-16. PMID: 22328642; PMCID: PMC3686440.
    13. Depp CA, Cardenas V, Harris S, Vahia IV, Patterson TL, Mausbach BT. Psychopathological and functional correlates of behavioral activation and avoidance in schizophrenia. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2011 Nov; 199(11):861-5. PMID: 22048138; PMCID: PMC3233969.
    14. Tiznado D, Mausbach BT, Cardenas V, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. UCSD SORT Test (U-SORT): Examination of a newly developed organizational skills assessment tool for severely mentally ill adults. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2010 Dec; 198(12):916-9. PMID: 21135646; PMCID: PMC3160787.
    15. Depp CA, Mausbach B, Granholm E, Cardenas V, Ben-Zeev D, Patterson TL, Lebowitz BD, Jeste DV. Mobile interventions for severe mental illness: design and preliminary data from three approaches. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2010 Oct; 198(10):715-21. PMID: 20921861; PMCID: PMC3215591.
    16. Mausbach BT, Moore R, Roesch S, Cardenas V, Patterson TL. The Relationship Between Homework Compliance and Therapy Outcomes: An Updated Meta-Analysis. Cognit Ther Res. 2010 Oct; 34(5):429-438. PMID: 20930925.
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    17. Jeste DV, Twamley EW, Cardenas V, Lebowitz B, Reynolds CF. 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. PMID: 19246662.
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    18. Folsom DP, Depp C, Palmer BW, Mausbach BT, Golshan S, Fellows I, Cardenas V, Patterson TL, Kraemer HC, Jeste DV. Physical and mental health-related quality of life among older people with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2009 Mar; 108(1-3):207-13. PMID: 19168328; PMCID: PMC3643118.
    19. Mausbach BT, Moore R, Bowie C, Cardenas V, Patterson TL. A review of instruments for measuring functional recovery in those diagnosed with psychosis. Schizophr Bull. 2009 Mar; 35(2):307-18. PMID: 19023122; PMCID: PMC2659309.
    20. Mausbach BT, Depp CA, Cardenas V, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. 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. PMID: 18449639; PMCID: PMC2600598.
    21. Mausbach BT, Bucardo J, Cardenas V, McKibbin CL, Barrio C, Goldman SR, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. Evaluation of a Culturally Tailored Skills Intervention for Latinos with Persistent Psychotic Disorders. Am J Psychiatr Rehabil. 2008 Jan 01; 11(1):61-75. PMID: 19779589.
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    22. Cardenas V, Mausbach BT, Barrio C, Bucardo J, Jeste D, Patterson T. 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. PMID: 17936585; PMCID: PMC2235823.
    23. Mausbach BT, Cardenas V, McKibbin CL, Jeste DV, Patterson TL. 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. PMID: 17997395; PMCID: PMC2249612.
    24. Mausbach BT, Cardenas V, Goldman SR, Patterson TL. 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. PMID: 17558585.
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    25. Gallagher-Thompson D, Singer LS, Depp C, Mausbach BT, Cardenas V, Coon DW. Effective recruitment strategies for Latino and Caucasian dementia family caregivers in intervention research. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2004 Sep-Oct; 12(5):484-90. PMID: 15353386.
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    26. Cardenas VA, Ezekiel F, Di Sclafani V, Gomberg B, Fein G. Reliability of tissue volumes and their spatial distribution for segmented magnetic resonance images. Psychiatry Res. 2001 May 30; 106(3):193-205. PMID: 11382541.
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