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Cho Y. Lam, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Population Health Sciences - Research Associate Professor

Divisions: Health System Innovation and Research

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Research Associate Professor

Research Statement

Dr. Lam’s work focuses on cancer prevention in underserved populations, specifically targeting the elimination of tobacco-related cancer and health disparities. Individuals with low socioeconomic status (SES) are more likely to use tobacco, have difficulty quitting, and bear a heavier burden of cancer morbidity and mortality. He leads and collaborates in projects that apply innovative mobile health technologies to examine tobacco cessation among low SES populations. Specifically, these projects investigate the mechanisms by which social, psychological, physiological, and environmental determinants influence low SES tobacco users’ ability to quit and stay quit, develop Just-in-Time-Adaptive-Interventions (JITAIs) for tobacco cessation, and examine tobacco users’ receptivity to these kinds of treatments. Dr. Lam is also interested in the development of strategies to engage underserved tobacco users to evidence-based cessation treatments in real world settings. He has conducted research to implement tobacco cessation treatments in community mental health centers, and is currently working on a pragmatic clinical trial that uses multi-level strategies to connect low SES tobacco users who receive medical care at community health centers to tobacco quit line.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Cancer Prevention
Postdoctoral Fellow
Fellowship University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Cancer Prevention
Predoctoral Fellow
Residency University of Mississippi Medical Center
Doctoral Training Binghamton University
Clinical Psychology
Graduate Training California State University, Fresno
Undergraduate University of Manitoba

Global Impact