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. 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 Aug 04.  View on PubMed
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Apr 14.  View on PubMed
  9. Chu JN, Tsoh JY, Ong E, Ponce NA. The Hidden Colors of Coronavirus: the Burden of Attributable COVID-19 Deaths. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 05; 36(5):1463-1465.  View on PubMed
  10. Choi J, Cho J, Shin NM, Tsoh J. Exploring Barriers to and Facilitators of Physical Activity among Korean American Women. West J Nurs Res. 2021 Sep; 43(9):817-827.  View on PubMed
  11. Kim-Mozeleski JE, Poudel KC, Tsoh JY. Examining Reciprocal Effects of Cigarette Smoking, Food Insecurity, and Psychological Distress in the U.S. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2021 Apr-Jun; 53(2):177-184.  View on PubMed
  12. 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. J Psychosom Res. 2020 08; 135:110142.  View on PubMed
  13. 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. Prev Med Rep. 2020 Jun; 18:101064.  View on PubMed
  14. 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.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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.  View on PubMed
  17. 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 01; 100:106129.  View on PubMed
  18. 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.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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