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

  • July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024 - Connect Cancer Patients to Tobacco Cessation Care by Automated Interactive Outreach , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Sponsor Award ID: T32IP4743
  • December 1, 2020 - May 31, 2023 - Getting Asian Americans INFORMED to Facilitate COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH/NIDA, Sponsor Award ID: 3R01DA036749-05S1; 3R01DA036749-05S2
  • November 21, 2021 - March 31, 2023 - Evaluating Methods to Remove Thirdhand Smoke from Homes , Principal Investigator (11/21/2022 - 3/31/2023); Co-Investigator (4/1/2019 - 11/20/2022) . Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Sponsor Award ID: T29IP0284CA
  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022 - Interactive Mobile Doctor (iMD) to Promote Tobacco Cessation among Cancer Patients , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: T31IP1716


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. Tsoh JY, Hessler D, Parra JR, Bowyer V, Lugtu K, Potter MB. Addressing tobacco use in the context of complex social needs: A new conceptual framework and approach to address smoking cessation in community health centers. PEC Innovation. 2022; 1(1):100011.  View on PubMed
  2. Wang K, Ma C, Li FM, Truong A, Shariff-Marco S, Chu JN, Oh DL, Allen L, Kuo MC, Wong C, Bui H, Chen J, Gomez SL, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Patient-reported supportive care needs among Asian American cancer patients. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Aug 30.  View on PubMed
  3. Park VT, Tsoh JY, Dougan M, Nam B, Tzuang M, Vuong QN, Bang J, Meyer OL. Racial Bias Beliefs Related to COVID-19 Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: Findings From the COVID-19 Effects on the Mental and Physical Health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Survey Study (COMPASS). J Med Internet Res. 2022 08 09; 24(8):e38443.  View on PubMed
  4. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Shaw SJ, Yen IH, Tsoh JY. A Qualitative Investigation of the Experiences of Tobacco Use among U.S. Adults with Food Insecurity. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 06 16; 19(12).  View on PubMed
  5. Ta Park VM, Meyer OL, Tsoh JY, Kanaya AM, Tzuang M, Nam B, Vuong Q, Bang J, Hinton L, Gallagher-Thompson D, Grill JD. The Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE): A recruitment registry for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, aging, and caregiver-related research. Alzheimers Dement. 2022 Apr 14.  View on PubMed
  6. Saw A, Yi SS, Ðoàn LN, Tsoh JY, Yellow Horse AJ, Kwon SC, Samoa R, Aitaoto N, Takeuchi DT. Improving Asian American health during the Syndemic of COVID-19 and racism. EClinicalMedicine. 2022 Mar; 45:101313.  View on PubMed
  7. Ta Park VM, Dougan MM, Meyer OL, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, Vuong Q, Bang J, Tsoh JY. Discrimination Experiences during COVID-19 among a National, Multi-Lingual, Community-Based Sample of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: COMPASS Findings. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 01 14; 19(2).  View on PubMed
  8. Khalili M, Kim NJ, Tsoh JY, Walsh JME, Goldman LE, Gildengorin G, Wong C, Tran MT, Yu E, Sharp MT, LeTran VH, Nguyen VV, Nguyen TT. Health Within Reach-a Patient-Centered Intervention to Increase Hepatitis B Screening Among Asian Americans: a Randomized Clinical Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Jan 06.  View on PubMed
  9. Kanaya AM, Hsing AW, Panapasa SV, Kandula NR, Araneta MRG, Shimbo D, Wang P, Gomez SL, Lee J, Narayan KMV, Mau MKLM, Bose S, Daviglus ML, Hu FB, Islam N, Jackson CL, Kataoka-Yahiro M, Kauwe JSK, Liu S, Ma GX, Nguyen T, Palaniappan L, Setiawan VW, Trinh-Shevrin C, Tsoh JY, Vaidya D, Vickrey B, Wang TJ, Wong ND, Coady S, Hong Y. Knowledge Gaps, Challenges, and Opportunities in Health and Prevention Research for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: A Report From the 2021 National Institutes of Health Workshop. Ann Intern Med. 2022 04; 175(4):574-589.  View on PubMed
  10. Cancer Center Cessation Initiative Family and Social Support Systems Working Group. Involving Family and Social Support Systems in Tobacco Cessation Treatment for Patients With Cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2021 11; 19(Suppl_1):S8-S11.  View on PubMed
  11. Lee R, Frick M, Joseph G, Guerra C, Stewart S, Kaplan C, Dixit N, Tsoh JY, Flores S, Pasick RJ. Research to reduce inequities in cancer risk services: Insights for remote genetic counseling in a pandemic and beyond. J Genet Couns. 2021 10; 30(5):1292-1297.  View on PubMed
  12. Riley ED, Delucchi K, Rubin S, Weiser SD, Vijayaraghavan M, Lynch K, Tsoh JY. Ongoing tobacco use in women who experience homelessness and unstable housing: A prospective study to inform tobacco cessation interventions and policies. Addict Behav. 2022 02; 125:107125.  View on PubMed
  13. Rubin SB, Vijayaraghavan M, Weiser SD, Tsoh JY, Cohee A, Delucchi K, Riley ED. Homeless women's perspectives on smoking and smoking cessation programs: A qualitative study. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 12; 98:103377.  View on PubMed
  14. Yan BW, Hwang AL, Ng F, Chu JN, Tsoh JY, Nguyen TT. Death Toll of COVID-19 on Asian Americans: Disparities Revealed. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 11; 36(11):3545-3549.  View on PubMed
  15. Chang E, Dove M, Saw A, Tsoh JY, Fung LC, Tong EK. Home Smoking Bans and Urinary NNAL Levels to Measure Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Chinese American Household Pairs. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 07 20; 18(14).  View on PubMed
  16. Ta Park V, Grill JD, Zhu J, Nguyen K, Nam B, Tsoh J, Kanaya A, Vuong Q, Bang J, Nguyen NCY, Cho IH, Gallagher-Thompson D, Hinton L, Meyer OL. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders' perspectives on participating in the CARE recruitment research registry for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, aging, and caregiving research. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2021; 7(1):e12195.  View on PubMed
  17. Ta Park VM, Dougan M, Meyer OL, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, Vuong Q, Tsoh JY. Vaccine willingness: Findings from the COVID-19 effects on the mental and physical health of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders survey study (COMPASS). Prev Med Rep. 2021 Sep; 23:101480.  View on PubMed
  18. 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. Fam Community Health. 2021 Jul-Sep 01; 44(3):215-224.  View on PubMed
  19. 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. J Immigr Minor Health. 2021 Jun; 23(3):574-582.  View on PubMed
  20. Daniel JA, Kim-Mozeleski JE, Poudel KC, Sun A, Burke NJ, Tsoh JY. Family Support and Readiness to Consider Smoking Cessation among Chinese and Vietnamese American Male Smokers. J Smok Cessat. 2021; 2021.  View on PubMed

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