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Cho Y. Lam, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Disparities Research, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Cho Lam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research. He received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, and completed a psychology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Lam's research focuses on applying ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and mobile health (mHealth) technologies to tobacco use and cessation research. Specifically, Dr. Lam is interested in using EMA/mHealth technologies to detect situational and intrapersonal antecedents that are predictive of smoking lapse, alert smokers about these high-risk antecedents to smoking, and deliver just-in-time intervention. Dr. Lam is the principal investigator of a Mentored Research Scholar Grant funded by the American Cancer Society to develop algorithms that will summarize smokers' momentary experiences to predict smoking lapse. He is also a principal investigator of a R03 research grant funded by the National Cancer Institute to apply EMA/mHealth to examine the relationship between pain and smoking in cancer patients. Furthermore, Dr. Lam has collaborated or is collaborating on multiple NIH-funded studies that used EMA/mHealth to examine tobacco use and cessation. Since joining the Department of Health Disparities, Dr. Lam has extended his research to applying EMA/mHealth to underserved minorities and to other areas of cancer prevention. For instance, he has submitted grant applications to use mHealth technologies to 1) deliver a multi-component education program to increase HBV screening and vaccination among Chinese Americans and Vietnamese Americans, and 2) identifying the mechanism that promote smoking and smoking abstinence among Vietnamese American men.

Research Interests

Nicotine addiction

Tobacco use and cessation

Ecological momentary assessment and intervention

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2002 Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, PHD, Clinical psychology
1995 California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA, MA, Psychology
1989 University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, BA, Psychology

Postgraduate Training

9/2006 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Prevention, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Dr. Paul M. Cinciripini


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2009-11/2012

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ratcliff CG, Lam CY, Arun B, Valero V, Green M, Cohen L. Ecological momentary assessment of sleep, symptoms, and mood during chemotherapy for breast cancer. Psycho-oncol. In Press.
2. Robinson JD, Versace F, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Englemann JM, Cui Y, Karam-Hage M, Shete SS, Tomlinson GE, Chen TTL, Wetter DW, Green CE, Cinciripini PM. The CHRNA3 rs578776 is associated with an intrinsic reward sensitivity deficit in smokers. Frontiers in Psychiatry. In Press.
3. Lam CY, Businelle MS, Aigner CJ, McClure JB, Cofta-Woerpel L, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Individual and combined effects of multiple high-risk triggers on postcessation smoking urge and lapse. Nicotine Tob Res 16(5):569-575, 5/2014.
4. Lam CY, Businelle MS, Cofta-Woerpel L, McClure JB, Cinciripini PM, Wetter Dw. Positive smoking outcome expectancies mediate the relationship between alcohol consumption and smoking urge. Psychol Addict Behav 28(1):163-172, 3/2014.
5. Watkins KL, Regan SD, Nguyen N, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Lam C, Balis D, Cuevas AG, Cao Y, Reitzel LR. Advancing Cessation Research by Integrating EMA and Geospatial Methodologies: Associations Between Tobacco Retail Outlets and Real-time Smoking Urges During a Quit Attempt. Nicotine Tob Res. e-Pub 9/2013. PMID: 24057995.
6. Cinciripini PM, Robinson JD, Karam-Hage M, Minnix JA, Lam CY, Versace F, Brown VL, Engelmann JM, Wetter DW. The effects of varenicline and bupropion sustained-release use plus intensive smoking cessation counseling on prolonged abstinence from smoking, depression, negative affect, and other symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. JAMA Psychiatry 70(5):522-533, 3/2013.
7. Businelle MS, Lam CY, Kendzor DE, Cofta-Woerpel L, McClure JB, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Alcohol consumption and urges to smoking during a smoking cessation attempt. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 21(1):29-37, 2/2013.
8. Lam CY, Gritz ER. Incorporating behavioral research to examine the relationship between betel quid chewing and oral cancer in Taiwan. BioMedicine 2(4):160-166, 12/2012.
9. Versace F, Lam CY, Engelmann JM, Robinson JD, Minnix JA, Brown VL, Cinciripini PM. Beyond cue reactivity: blunted brain responses to pleasant stimuli predict long-term smoking abstinence. Addict Biol 17(6):991-1000, 11/2012. PMCID: PMC3252422.
10. Novy DM, Lam CY, Gritz ER, Hernandez M, Koyyalagunta D. Distinguishing features of cancer patients who smoke: Pain, symptom burden, and risk for opioid misuse. J Pain 13(11):1058-1067, 11/2012.
11. Lam CY, Robinson JD, Versace F, Minnix JA, Cui Y, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Affective reactivity during smoking cessation of never-quitters compared with that of abstainers, relapsers, and continuing smokers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 20(2):139-150, 4/2012. e-Pub 10/2011. PMCID: PMC3381955.
12. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Negative reinforcement smoking outcome expectancies are associated with affective response to acute nicotine administration and abstinence. Drug Alcohol Depend 120(1-3):196-201, 1/2012. e-Pub 8/2011. PMCID: PMC3242897.
13. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Minnix JA, Cui Y, Versace F, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. A multimodal approach to assessing the impact of nicotine dependence, nicotine abstinence, and craving on negative affect in smokers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 19(1):40-52, 2/2011. PMCID: PMC3384685.
14. Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Foreman JE, Vandenbergh DJ, Tomlinson GE, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. The serotonin transporter gene and startle response during nicotine deprivation. Biol Psychol 86(1):1-8, 1/2011. e-Pub 10/2010. PMCID: PMC3378389.
15. Blalock JA, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Karam-Hage M, Gritz ER, Robinson JA, Cinciripini PM. The effect of mood, anxiety and alcohol use disorders on smoking cessation in cancer patients. J Cogn Psychot 25(1):82-96, 2011.
16. Versace F, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Brown VL, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Cigarette cues capture smokers' attention: evidence from event-related potentials. Psychophysiology 47(3):435-441, 5/1/2010. e-Pub 1/11/2010. PMID: 20070579.
17. Carter BL, Paris MM, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Traylor AC, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Real-time craving differences between black and white smokers. Am J Addict 19(2):136-40, Mar-Apr, 3/2010. PMID: 20163385.
18. Zevallos JP, Mallen MJ, Lam CY, Karam-Hage M, Blalock J, Wetter DW, Garden AS, Sturgis EM, Cinciripini PM. Complications of radiotherapy in laryngopharyngeal cancer: Effects of a prospective smoking cessation program. Cancer 115(19):4636-44, 10/2009. PMID: 19569250.
19. Carter BL, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Paris MM, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Generalized craving, self-report of arousal, and cue reactivity after brief abstinence. Nicotine Tob Res 11(7):823-6, 7/2009. e-Pub 5/2009. PMCID: PMC2699928.
20. Lam CY, Robinson JD, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Minnix JA, Cinciripini PM. Nicotine differentially inhibits the acoustic startle reflex in African American and Caucasian American smokers. Addict Behav 33(12):1521-8, 12/2008. e-Pub 7/2008. PMCID: PMC2612003.
21. Carter BL, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Paris MM, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Real-time craving and mood assessments before and after smoking. Nicotine Tob Res 10(7):1165-9, 7/2008. PMID: 18629726.
22. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Wetter DW, Tomlinson GE, Minna JD, Chen TT, Cinciripini PM. The DRD2 TaqI-B polymorphism and its relationship to smoking abstinence and withdrawal symptoms. Pharmacogenomics J 7(4):266-274, 8/2007. e-Pub 12/2006. PMID: 17189962.
23. Lam CY, Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM. A brief review of pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 4(6):583-589, 7/2006. PMID: 16813725.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Taking Texas Tobacco-Free: Expanding the Integral Care Campus and Community Model into a Statewide Cancer Prevention Program
Funding Source: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 12/1/2013 - 11/30/2016
Title: Biobehavioral and cultural determinants of betel quid chewing, dependence, and withdrawal in Taiwan
Funding Source: MD Anderson Sister Institution Network Fund
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Ellen Gritz
Duration: 8/1/2012 - 7/31/2014
Title: Establishing a comprehensive cancer prevention and support program within Chinese American community in Houston and Austin Areas of Texas
Funding Source: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Role: Consultant
Principal Investigator: Helen Sun
Duration: 3/1/2012 - 2/28/2015
Title: Using ecological momentary assessment to examine pain and smoking in head and neck cancer patients
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 4/1/2009 - 3/31/2012
Title: Ecological momentary assessment, peak-end rule, and smoking relapse
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/2009 - 12/31/2014

Last updated: 7/21/2014