Janice Y. Tsoh, PhD

Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

Janice Y. Tsoh, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine. She is a bilingual and bicultural clinical psychologist originally from Hong Kong, China. Dr. Tsoh received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island in the United States. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/Veteran Administration Medical Center Consortium specializing in behavioral medicine.

Dr. Tsoh’s research program has focused on reducing health disparities, particularly in smoking cessation treatment targeting vulnerable populations. Dr. Tsoh’s current research funded by the National Institutes on Health and the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, which targets tobacco use and health promotion among Asian Americans. She has served as Principal Investigator on more than a dozen of clinical trials. Dr. Tsoh has 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. Dr. Tsoh’s research program targets hard-to-reach populations by the use of digital health technology to engage individuals in using interactive, tailored and personally relevant messages matching with their readiness for changing their health behaviors.  Dr. Tsoh has specialties in questionnaire design, qualitative methods, intervention development, clinical research methodology, and treatment outcome evaluation in practice-based and community settings. Since 2000, Dr. Tsoh has been actively involved in research and clinical teaching providing both didactic training and supervision to predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. Many of her trainees are from ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the field of tobacco control or other health disciplines.  Most of the trainees are also interested in conducting research targeting minority groups addressing the needs of California’s and the United State’s diverse population.