University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Janice Y. Tsoh, PhD

Janice Y. Tsoh, PhD

Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Tobacco Control | Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am Professor in Residence 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
  • 2000-2016
    Assistant Adjunct Professor and Associate Adjunct Professor, 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
  • 2016-present
    Professor in Residence, 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

  1. Burke NJ, Phung K, Yu F, Wong C, Le K, Nguyen I, Nguyen L, Guan A, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Unpacking the 'black box' of lay health worker processes in a US-based intervention. Health Promot Int. 2020 Feb 01; 35(1):5-16.
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  2. Tsoh JY, Kuo AK, Barr JW, Whitcanack L, Merry I, Alldredge BK, Azzam AN. Developing faculty leadership from 'within': a 12-year reflection from an internal faculty leadership development program of an academic health sciences center. Med Educ Online. 2019 Dec; 24(1):1567239.
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  3. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Yen IH, Buchanan DR, Tsoh JY. Linking food insecurity and smoking cessation: In response to "Food insecurity transitions and smoking behavior among older adults who smoke". Prev Med. 2019 12; 129:105811.
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  4. Guan A, Kim-Mozeleski JE, Tan JY, McPhee SJ, Burke NJ, Sun A, Cheng JW, Tsoh JY. Serious quit attempts and cessation implications for Asian American male smokers. Addict Behav. 2020 Jan; 100:106129.
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  5. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Pandey R, Tsoh JY. Psychological distress and cigarette smoking among U.S. households by income: Considering the role of food insecurity. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Dec; 16:100983.
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  6. Chou CY, Tsoh JY, Shumway M, Smith LC, Chan J, Delucchi K, Tirch D, Gilbert P, Mathews CA. Treating hoarding disorder with compassion-focused therapy: A pilot study examining treatment feasibility, acceptability, and exploring treatment effects. Br J Clin Psychol. 2020 Mar; 59(1):1-21.
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  7. Gubner NR, Williams DD, Chen E, Silven D, Tsoh JY, Guydish J, Vijayaraghavan M. Recent cessation attempts and receipt of cessation services among a diverse primary care population - A mixed methods study. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100907.
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  8. Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Suen J, Win N, Tsoh JY. Chinese American Women's Experiences with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 44(3):144-149.
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  9. Christian A. Archer, Kyara Moran, Karen Garza, Jessica J. Zakrzewski, Anna Martin, Chia-Ying Chou, Soo Y. Uhm, Joanne Chan, Michael Gause, Mark Salazar, Julian Plumadore, Lauren C. Smith, Kiya Komaiko, Gillian Howell, Ofilio Vigil, David Bain, Sandra Stark, R. Scott Mackin, Monika Eckfield, Eduardo Vega, Janice Y. Tsoh, Kevin L. Delucchi, Carol A. Mathews. Relationship Between Symptom Severity, Psychiatric Comorbidity, Social/Occupational Impairment, and Suicidality in Hoarding Disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. 2019 Apr 1; 21(European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 257 7 2007):158-164.
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  10. Chia-Ying Chou, Ellen Herbst, Marylene Cloitre, Janice Y. Tsoh. An emotion regulation-focused theoretical framework for co-occurring nicotine addiction and PTSD: Comments on existing treatments and future directions. Cogent Medicine. 2018 Dec 18; 5(1).
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  11. Chou CY, Herbst E, Cloitre M, Tsoh JY. An emotion regulation-focused theoretical framework for co-occurring nicotine addiction and PTSD: comments on existing treatments and future directions. Cogent Medicine. 2018; 1(5).
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  12. Jih J, Nguyen MP, Ly I, Tsoh JY, Le GM, Woo K, Chan E, Gildengorin G, Stewart SL, Burke A, Pasick R, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. The Role of Physician Recommendation in Colorectal Cancer Screening Receipt Among Immigrant Chinese Americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Dec; 20(6):1483-1489.
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  13. Burke NJ, Phung K, Yu F, Wong C, Le K, Nguyen I, Nguyen L, Guan A, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Unpacking the 'black box' of lay health worker processes in a US-based intervention. Health Promot Int. 2018 Dec 01.
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  14. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Seligman HK, Yen IH, Shaw SJ, Buchanan DR, Tsoh JY. Changes in Food Insecurity and Smoking Status over Time: Analysis of the 2003 and 2015 Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Am J Health Promot. 2019 06; 33(5):698-707.
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  15. Martin AM, Zakrzewski JJ, Chou CY, Uhm SY, Gause RM, Chan J, Eckfield M, Salazar M, Vigil O, Bain D, Stark SJ, Mackin RS, Vega E, Delucchi KL, Tsoh JY, Mathews CA. Recruiting under-represented populations into psychiatric research: Results from the help for hoarding study. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Dec; 12:169-175.
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  16. Tsoh JY, Quach T, Duong TB, Sa Nan Park E, Wong C, Huang SM, Nguyen TT. Interactive Mobile Doctor (iMD) to Promote Patient-Provider Discussion on Tobacco Use among Asian American Patients in Primary Care: A Pilot Study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Nov-Dec; 31(6):869-880.
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  17. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Tsoh JY, Ramirez-Forcier J, Andrews B, Weiser SD, Carrico AW. Smoking Predicts Food Insecurity Severity among Persons Living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2018 Sep; 22(9):2861-2867.
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  18. Quach T, Von Behren J, Nelson DO, Nguyen TN, Tsoh J, Le M, Fu L, Beckman S, Reynolds P. Evaluating an owner-to-worker training intervention in California nail salons using personal air monitoring. Am J Ind Med. 2018 10; 61(10):831-841.
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  19. Quach T, Von Behren J, Tsoh J, Reynolds P, Fu L, Nguyen T, Le M, Nguyen TT. Improving the knowledge and behavior of workplace chemical exposures in Vietnamese-American nail salon workers: a randomized controlled trial. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2018 Nov; 91(8):1041-1050.
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  20. Mathews CA, Mackin RS, Chou CY, Uhm SY, Bain LD, Stark SJ, Gause M, Vigil OR, Franklin J, Salazar M, Plumadore J, Smith LC, Komaiko K, Howell G, Vega E, Chan J, Eckfield MB, Tsoh JY, Delucchi K. Randomised clinical trial of community-based peer-led and psychologist-led group treatment for hoarding disorder. BJPsych Open. 2018 Jul; 4(4):285-293.
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