Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Dr. Nuño completed his PhD in Epidemiology in August 2011 at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH). His dissertation research explored breast and cervical cancer screening among rural-dwelling Hispanic and American Indian women in Arizona.
A key part of his research was the evaluation of a community-based, randomized controlled trial that assessed a promotora-administered intervention to promote breast and cervical cancer screening in a rural community along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Dr. Nuño initially received a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis before going on to compete a Master of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Arizona. While earning his doctorate, Dr. Nuño taught CPH 376: Introduction to Health Sciences Science Statistics from 2008 through 2011 for the MEZCOPH.
Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Nuño was selected for a postdoctoral fellowship with the Arizona Area Health Education Center-funded Clinical Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Research (COCER) Academic Fellowship Program. The goal of the fellowship program was to provide training in clinical outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, with a specific focus on primary care for rural and underserved patients, families, and communities in Arizona and its interface with specialty and tertiary care.
Dr. Nuño has been awarded a three-year National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) grant to be conducted as part of the R25T Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. This research will study clinical (screening/diagnosis/treatment), economic, and humanistic cancer outcomes and assess disparities among underserved populations, including racial/ethnic and rural populations.
Dr. Nuño will use the findings from this study to quantify disparities in cancer outcomes. In addition, this study will provide preliminary data to assess strategies that can then be tested in clinical or community settings and hopefully help reduce the burden of cancer among underserved populations.
Dr. Nuño has selected Dr. Ivo Abraham (outcomes and effectiveness research) and Dr. Francisco Garcia (cancer disparities) as his primary mentors. Dr. Grant Skrepnek (health economics and national expenditure database research) and Dr. David S. Alberts (cancer prevention and control) also serve as mentors for Dr. Nuño.