Janice Y. Tsoh, PhD

Janice Y. Tsoh, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF


Phone: (415) 502-8438 (voice)
Box 0984, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0984

Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Tobacco Control» Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am an Associate Professor and a practicing clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. My research interest centers on developing and testing culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions for reducing cancer health disparities, particularly in tobacco control targeting vulnerable populations. I am a bilingual and bicultural psychologist originally from Hong Kong, China, my research and clinical specialties are in the areas of behavioral medicine and health psychology, and in individual and group cognitive behavioral treatment in diverse populations, including Asian American immigrants. I have extensive training and research experience in questionnaire design, qualitative methods, intervention development, clinical research methodology, and treatment outcome evaluation.

My current research funded by NIH and the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), which targets tobacco use among Asian Americans. In addition to leading a current NIDA R01 study testing a family-focused intervention targeting Asian American smokers, I have led or co-led more than 14 smoking cessation clinical trials combining the use of psychological and pharmacological treatments, including interactive multi-media intervention systems targeting smokers with comorbid disorders such as depressive disorders in outpatient psychiatric settings, smokers with substance use disorders in drug treatment settings, pregnant smokers in prenatal care settings, and Asian American smokers in the community and primary care settings. I have extensive experience in developing and testing interactive computerized tailored intervention programs such as the “Pathways-to-Change Expert System” and “Video Doctor” in both clinical and community settings. In summary, I have expertise in designing and implementing culturally and linguistically intervention program targeting multiple Asian American communities on tobacco use reduction and other health related areas. In addition, I have extensive experience in conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR).


State University of New York, Binghamton, NY, B.A., 1990, Psychology
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, M.A., 1993, Clinical Psychology
University Univ. of Mississippi/Veterans Affairs Med. Center, Jackson, MS, Residency, 1994-95, Clinical Psychology
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, Ph.D., 1995, Clinical Psychology
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Post-doc, 1995-97, Cancer Prevention
University of California San Francisco, CA, Post-doc, 1997-99, Substance Abuse
University of California San Francisco, CA, Certificate, 2001-02, Clinical Research

Professional Experience

  • 1999-2000
    Assistant Research Psychologist, Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, CA
  • 2000-present
    Assistant Adjunct Professor (2000-2006); Associate Adjunct Professor (2006-Present), Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, CA
  • 2001-present
    Attending Medical Staff, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1996
    University Cancer Foundation Fellowship Award in Cancer Prevention Research, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • 1999
    New Investigator Award -Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, University of California
  • 2000
    Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award - National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • 2005
    Nominated for the First Annual Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship to Postdoctoral Scholars, Postdoctoral Scholars Association, University of California San Francisco

Selected Publications

  • Guilmette TJ, Tsoh JY, & Malcolm C (1995). Orientation & three-word recall in predicting memory: Age effects and false-negative errors. Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, & Behavioral Neurology, 8, 20-25.
  • Johnson WG, Tsoh JY, & Varnado PJ (1996). Eating disorders: Efficacy of pharmacological and psychological interventions. Clinical Psychology Review, 16, 457-478.
  • Prokhorov AV, Emmons KM, Pallonen UE, & Tsoh JY (1996). Respiratory response to cigarette smoking among young smokers: A pilot study. Preventive Medicine, 25, 633-640.
  • Skaar KL, Tsoh JY, Cinciripini PM, Wetter D, Prokhorov AV, & Gritz ER (1996). Current approaches in smoking cessation. Current Opinion in Oncology, 8, 434-440.
  • Skaar KL, Tsoh JY, McClure JB, Wetter D, Cinciripini PM, & Gritz ER (1997). Smoking Cessation 1: An overview of research. Behavioral Medicine, 23, 5-12.
  • Tsoh JY, McClure JB, Skaar KL, Wetter D, Cinciripini PM, Prokhorov AV, Friedman K & Gritz ER (1997). Smoking Cessation 2: Components of effective interventions. Behavioral Medicine, 23, 15-27.
  • McClure JB, Skaar KL, Tsoh JY, Wetter D, Cinciripini PM, & Gritz ER (1997). Smoking Cessation 3: Needed health care policy changes. Behavioral Medicine, 23, 29-34.
  • Pallonen UE, Velicer WF, Prochaska JO, Rossi JS, Bellis JM, Tsoh JY, Migneault JP, Smith NF, & Prokhorov AV (1998). Computer-based smoking cessation interventions in adolescents: Description, feasibility, and six-month follow-up findings. Substance Use & Misuse, 33, 935-965.
  • Cinciripini PM, Gritz ER, Tsoh JY, & Skaar KL (1998). Smoking cessation and cancer prevention. In J. C. Holland (Ed.), Psycho-oncology (pp. 27-44). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ruggiero L, Tsoh JY, Everett K, Guise B, & Fava JL (2000). The Transtheoretical Model of Change: Comparison of smoking in pregnant and nonpregnant women. Addictive Behaviors, 25, 239-251.
  • Tsoh JY, Humfleet GL, Munoz R, Reus V, Hartz D, & Hall SM (2000). Development of depression following smoking cessation treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157, 368-374.
  • Prochaska JO, Velicer WF, Fava JL, Rossi JS & Tsoh JY (2001). A stage-matched expert system intervention for a total population of smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 261, 583-602.
  • Hall SM, Delucchi K, Velicer W, Kahler C, Ranger-Moore M, Hedeker D, Tsoh JY, Niaura R (2001). Statistical analysis of randomized trials in smoking treatment. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 3, 193-202.
  • Benowitz NL, Jacob P 3rd, Ahijevych K, Jarvis MJ, Hall S, LeHouezec J, Hansson A, Lichtenstein E, Henningfield J, Tsoh J, Hurt RD, Velicer W. (2002) Biochemical Verification of Tobacco Use and Cessation. Nicotine Tobacco Research, 4, 149-159.
  • Kohn CS, Tsoh JY & Weisner CM (2003). Smoking Status Among Substance Abusers: Baseline Characteristics and Association with Treatment Outcomes at 12-Months. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 69, 61-71.
  • Tsoh JY, Lam JN, Delucchi K, & Hall SM (2003). Smoking and Depression in Chinese Americans. American Journal of Medical Sciences, 326, 187-191.
  • Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW, Tomlinson GE, Tsoh JY, De Moor CA, Cinciripini LG, Baile W.S., & Minna JD (2004). The effects of the DRD2 polymorphism on smoking cessation and negative affect: Evidence for a pharmacogenetic effect on mood. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 229-239.
  • Tsoh JY & Hall SM (2004). Depression and Smoking cessation: The Transtheoretical Model Perspective. Addictive Behaviors, 29, 801-805.
  • Prochaska JJ, Rossi JS, Redding CA, Rosen AB, Tsoh JY, Humfleet GL, Eisendrath SJ, Meisner MR & Hall SM (2004). Depressed smokers and stage of change: Implications for treatment interventions. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 76, 143- 151.
  • Haug NA, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ, Rosen AB, Tsoh JY, Humfleet GL Delucchi K, Rossi JS, Redding CA, & Eisendrath S (2005) Acceptance of nicotine dependence treatment among currently depressed smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 7, 217-224.
  • Cinciripini PM, Tsoh JY, Wetter DW, Lam C, De Moor C, Cinciripini L, Skaar K, Friedman K, Baile W, Anderson C, & Minna JD (2005). Combined effects of venlafaxine, nicotine replacement and brief counseling on smoking cessation. Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, 13, 282-92.
  • Tran C, Tsoh JY, & Lam, JN (2005). The Relation between cultural factors (stress and coping) and smoking in Chinese and European Americans. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 27 (Suppl.), S047.
  • Schmitt E, Tsoh JY, Dowling G, & Hall SM (2005). Smoking cessation in older clients in a case management program. Journal of Aging and Health, 17, 717-733.
  • Hall SM, Tsoh JY, Prochaska J, Eisendrath S, Rossi JS, Redding CA, Rose AB, Meisner M, Humfleet G, & Gorecki J (2006). Treatment for cigarette smoking among depressed mental health outpatients: A randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Public Health, 96, 1808-1814.