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Group Members


Christina Echeverria
Research Manager

Christina has been a member of Dr. Mooney’s research team since 2002.  Currently she is the research manager for Dr. Mooney and is involved in all of her clinical research projects which are focused on symptom management for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy extending to hospice care for cancer patients and their family caregivers. Prior to working with Dr. Mooney’s clinical research program, Christina worked as the coordinator of Dr. Mooney’s federally funded training grant from 2002 -2008. The training grant developed a PhD program, for oncology nurses, which was delivered to students all over the country using IP videoconferencing. Christina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Utah in 1993 and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998. 


Natalie Smith, MS, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Natalie received her Master of Science degree from the University of Utah’s College of Health in 2008 and joined Dr. Mooney’s research team that same year.  She is a Clinical Research Coordinator primarily working to implement Dr. Mooney’s National Cancer Institute funded studies which examine symptoms and quality of life issues for cancer patients. Natalie’s past research interests are in adult arthritis and adolescent social and emotional health development.


Kimberly Brown
Study Coordinator

Kimberly has been a member of the Mooney research team since November 2010. She is currently a study coordinator on multiple studies for Dr. Mooney that explore symptom management and quality of life for cancer patients and their families while receiving active chemotherapy and while on hospice services. Kimberly received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2007 and worked as a research assistant/associate for a local non-profit before joining Dr. Mooney’s team. Kimberly is excited to continue working with Dr. Mooney to explore symptoms and treatments for cancer patients.