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
  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023 - Interactive Mobile Doctor (iMD) to Promote Tobacco Cessation among Cancer Patients , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: T31IP1716
  • 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

Education

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. McGarity-Palmer R, Saw A, Horse AJY, Yi SS, Tsoh J, Takeuchi D. Profiles of a COVID-19 Syndemic: Anti-Asian Racism, Economic Challenges, and Mental and Physical Health. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Jan 24.  View on PubMed
  2. Park LG, Meyer OL, Dougan MM, Golden B, Ta K, Nam B, Tsoh JY, Tzuang M, Park VMT. Social Support and Technology Use and Their Association With Mental and Physical Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Asian Americans: The COMPASS Cross-sectional Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2023 Jan 23; 9:e35748.  View on PubMed
  3. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Pike Moore SN, Trapl ES, Perzynski AT, Tsoh JY, Gunzler DD. Food Insecurity Trajectories in the US During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Prev Chronic Dis. 2023 Jan 19; 20:E03.  View on PubMed
  4. McGarity-Palmer R, Saw A, Tsoh JY, Yellow Horse AJ. Trends in Racial Discrimination Experiences for Asian Americans During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Jan 05; 1-16.  View on PubMed
  5. 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
  6. Fiore MC, Smith SS, Adsit RT, Bolt DM, Conner KL, Bernstein SL, Eng OD, Lazuk D, Gonzalez A, Jorenby DE, D'Angelo H, Kirsch JA, Williams B, Nolan MB, Hayes-Birchler T, Kent S, Kim H, Piasecki TM, Slutske WS, Lubanski S, Yu M, Suk Y, Cai Y, Kashyap N, Mathew JP, McMahan G, Rolland B, Tindle HA, Warren GW, An LC, Boyd AD, Brunzell DH, Carrillo V, Chen LS, Davis JM, Dilip D, Ellerbeck EF, Iturrate E, Jose T, Khanna N, King A, Klass E, Newman M, Shoenbill KA, Tong E, Tsoh JY, Wilson KM, Theobald WE, Baker TB. The first 20 months of the COVID-19 pandemic: Mortality, intubation and ICU rates among 104,590 patients hospitalized at 21 United States health systems. PLoS One. 2022; 17(9):e0274571.  View on PubMed
  7. Cheng J, Tsoh JY, Guan A, Luu M, Nguyen IV, Tan R, Thao C, Yu E, Lor D, Pham M, Choi J, Kim M, Stewart SL, Burke NJ. Engaging Asian American Communities During the COVID-19 Era Tainted With Anti-Asian Hate and Distrust. Am J Public Health. 2022 11; 112(S9):S864-S868.  View on PubMed
  8. Piasecki TM, Smith SS, Baker TB, Slutske WS, Adsit RT, Bolt DM, Conner KL, Bernstein SL, Eng OD, Lazuk D, Gonzalez A, Jorenby DE, D'Angelo H, Kirsch JA, Williams BS, Nolan MB, Hayes-Birchler T, Kent S, Kim H, Lubanski S, Yu M, Suk Y, Cai Y, Kashyap N, Mathew JP, McMahan G, Rolland B, Tindle HA, Warren GW, An LC, Boyd AD, Brunzell DH, Carrillo V, Chen LS, Davis JM, Deshmukh VG, Dilip D, Ellerbeck EF, Goldstein AO, Iturrate E, Jose T, Khanna N, King A, Klass E, Mermelstein RJ, Tong E, Tsoh JY, Wilson KM, Theobald WE, Fiore MC. Smoking Status, Nicotine Medication, Vaccination, and COVID-19 Hospital Outcomes: Findings from the COVID EHR Cohort at the University of Wisconsin (CEC-UW) Study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2022 Sep 07.  View on PubMed
  9. 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 Nov; 30(11):9163-9170.  View on PubMed
  10. Park VT, Tsoh JY, Dougan M, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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 10; 37(13):3242-3250.  View on PubMed
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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