NMSU branding

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

News Center




NMSU researchers recruiting clinical trial participants by telephone

A team of researchers at New Mexico State University is calling households in the border region to identify and invite eligible Hispanic mothers to participate in a cancer education study.


Headshot of a woman.
New Mexico State University associate professor Rebecca Palacios is leading a clinical study to evaluate two education programs for effectiveness in helping Hispanic mothers and their children to cope with cancer. The study will also assess how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Hispanic mothers diagnosed with cancer and their families. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The “Taking Time to Connect” study, led by NMSU associate professor Rebecca Palacios, tests which of two parenting education programs is most effective in helping Hispanic mothers and their children to cope with cancer. The study will also assess how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Hispanic mothers diagnosed with cancer and their families.

The study is supported by the Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research, a collaboration between NMSU and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, funded by the National Cancer Institute.

“This study is important for two reasons,” Palacios said. “First, it is testing the efficacy of a program exclusively designed for Hispanic women, an underrepresented population in clinical trials. Second, it is also examining the impact of COVID-19 on a vulnerable minority population."

In the study, participants complete one or more education sessions and up to three surveys entirely by phone in their preferred language (English or Spanish). Participants will receive a gift card for each education session and survey they complete along with a cancer resource booklet. Although the study offers many potential benefits to participants, it poses no risk from the COVID-19 pandemic since it is completed by phone and within the comfort of your own home.

The research team is calling households to identify and invite eligible women to participate. To be eligible for the study, volunteers must be Hispanic women diagnosed with early-stage cancer (stages 0 through 3) in the past two years. They must also have at least one child between the ages of 5 and 17 and live in El Paso County, Texas, or in one of the following New Mexico counties: Doña Ana, Bernalillo, Hidalgo, Luna or Otero.

To learn more about the study or to check whether you are eligible to participate, call Palacios at 575-646-4309 or Clara Reyes at 575-646-5883.