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).

Research Funding

  • September 1, 2014 - May 31, 2019 - A Family-Focused Intervention for Asian American Male Smokers, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIDA, Sponsor Award ID: R01DA036749
  • July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018 - Interactive Mobile Doctor (iMD) for Asian smokers, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: 24AT-1301
  • August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2017 - A Family-Based Approach to Reduce Smoking in Vietnamese Men, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: 22RT-0089H
  • March 1, 2011 - February 28, 2014 - A family intervention to reduce smoking among Chinese and Vietnamese men, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIDA, Sponsor Award ID: R21DA030569


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

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. Joan A. Daniel, Jin E. Kim-Mozeleski, Krishna C. Poudel, Angela Sun, Nancy J. Burke, Janice Y. Tsoh Family Support and Readiness to Consider Smoking Cessation among Chinese and Vietnamese American Male Smokers.  View on PubMed
  2. Ta Park V, Dougan M, Meyer O, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park L, Vuong Q, Tsoh J Differences in COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The COMPASS Survey.  View on PubMed
  3. Chu JN, Tsoh JY, Ong E, Ponce NA The Hidden Colors of Coronavirus: the Burden of Attributable COVID-19 Deaths.  View on PubMed
  4. Choi J, Cho J, Shin NM, Tsoh J Exploring Barriers to and Facilitators of Physical Activity among Korean American Women.  View on PubMed
  5. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Poudel KC, Tsoh JY Examining Reciprocal Effects of Cigarette Smoking, Food Insecurity, and Psychological Distress in the U.S.  View on PubMed
  6. Kenny JD, Tsoh JY, Nguyen BH, Le K, Burke NJ Keeping Each Other Accountable: Social Strategies for Smoking Cessation and Healthy Living in Vietnamese American Men.  View on PubMed
  7. Guan A, Kim-Mozeleski JE, Vyas P, Stewart SL, Gildengorin G, Burke NJ, Ma K, Pham AT, Tan J, Lu Q, McPhee SJ, Tsoh JY Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Self-rated Health Among Chinese and Vietnamese American Immigrants.  View on PubMed
  8. Chu Q, Wu IHC, Tang M, Tsoh J, Lu Q Temporal relationship of posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters during and after an expressive writing intervention for Chinese American breast cancer survivors.  View on PubMed
  9. Vyas P, Tsoh JY, Gildengorin G, Stewart SL, Yu E, Guan A, Pham A, Burke NJ, McPhee SJ Disentangling individual and neighborhood differences in the intention to quit smoking in Asian American male smokers.  View on PubMed
  10. 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.  View on PubMed
  11. 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.  View on PubMed
  12. 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".  View on PubMed
  13. 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.  View on PubMed
  14. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Pandey R, Tsoh JY Psychological distress and cigarette smoking among U.S. households by income: Considering the role of food insecurity.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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.  View on PubMed
  17. 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.  View on PubMed
  18. 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.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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