Velda Gonzalez

Faculty

Velda J. González Mercado, Ph.D, MSN, RN

Velda Gonzalez

MSN PhD RN

Assistant Professor

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433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

Velda Gonzalez's additional information

Velda J. González-Mercado, Ph.D, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her research focuses on symptom science and symptom management, particularly in relation to addressing the needs of the GI/GU cancer population. Her research uses innovative patient-centered phenotyping and “omic” approaches (such as microbiomics, metabolomics, and genomics) to understand the bio-behavioral underpinnings of cancer-related symptoms experienced by GI/GU cancer patients. Her research also examines ethnic differences in cancer-related symptoms, with the goal of developing symptom management interventions to improve treatment outcomes of Latinx and other minority patients receiving cancer therapies.

In her post-doctoral fellowship, González-Mercado received funding for her research from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) (F32NR016618; Dr. Wendy Henderson, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FAAN, consultant) and the American Nurses Foundation, to gather initial evidence of the relationship among chemo-radiation, dysbiosis, and fatigue in the rectal cancer population. Her dissertation,  “Gene Expression and Fatigue in Puerto Rican Men Receiving Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer,” was supported and conducted intramurally at the NINR, Division of Intramural Research, under the mentorship of Leorey Saligan, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN.

Prior to joining NYU, González-Mercado was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. She also worked as a nursing instructor at the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus School of Nursing; a research coordinator at the University of Puerto Rico Cancer Center; and a heart transplant coordinator at the Cardiovascular Center of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

González-Mercado completed a PhD at the University of Kansas School of Nursing; an MS in nursing at the University of Florida College of Nursing; and a BS in nursing at the University of Puerto Rico Nursing School of the Medical Sciences Campus.

PhD, Nursing - University of Kansas
MS, Nursing - University of Florida
BS, Nursing - University of Puerto Rico

Chronic disease
Adult health

International Society of Nurses in Genetics
Midwest Nursing Research Society
College of Nursing Professionals of Puerto Rico
Oncology Nursing Society
Sigma Theta Tau International

Faculty Honors Awards

Sousa Award of Excellence, University of Kansas, School of Nursing (2015)
Ruth O. McKibben Alumni Research Award, University of Kansas, School of Nursing (2014)
Crighton Award, University of Kansas, School of Nursing (2014)
Manuel A. Pérez Award, Commonwealth Government of Puerto Rico (2002)
Paulina R. Dávila Award, College of Nursing Professionals of Puerto Rico (2001)
International inductee, Sigma Theta Tau (1992)

Publications

Consortium Building for Nurse Scientists Interested in Symptoms Research in the Era of Precision Health

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Gut microbiota differences in Island Hispanic Puerto Ricans and mainland non-Hispanic whites during chemoradiation for rectal cancer: A pilot study

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Gut microbiota perturbation is associated with acute sleep disturbance among rectal cancer patients

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Exploring the relationship between diarrhea and fatigue that can occur during cancer treatment: Using structural equation modeling

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Differences in fatigue severity in a sample of adult cancer patients

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Differences in the Severity, Distress, Interference, and Frequency on Cancer-Related Symptoms Between Island Hispanic Puerto Ricans and Mainland Non-Hispanic Whites

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Expression of Sestrin Genes in Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer and Its Association With Fatigue: A Proof-of-Concept Study

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The health related quality of life of Puerto Ricans during cancer treatments; a pilot study

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Relationship between physical activity, disability, and physical fitness profile in sedentary Latina breast cancer survivors

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Validation of the Spanish version of the Cancer Symptom Scale in Hispanic cancer patients

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