Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza, PhD

Behavioral Scientist

Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza

Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a bilingual social psychologist with interdisciplinary training in Anthropology and Communication and Technology.

Her research focuses on translational genomics with underserved ethnically and racially diverse populations and on reducing breast cancer disparities among such populations including Latina immigrants and African American women. She aims to combine interdisciplinary approaches in social psychology, behavioral science, and communication to develop and evaluate interventions that address stark disparities in the uptake of genetic risk assessment in high-risk underserved groups.

Currently, she is MPI of an NCI R03 grant to develop and pilot a You Tube video intervention to enhance the use of genetic counseling services in Latina women at-risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. She is also co-leading an NINR R21 grant to adapt an Intelligent Tutoring System intervention (BRCA-Gist) to enhance the use of genetic counseling services in at-risk Latina and African American women. In her Career Award (KL2) she is currently adapting an evidence-based Telephone Counseling intervention to broaden the reach and accessibility to genetic counseling for at-risk Latina women.