Dr. William McCarthy's research includes studies of tobacco use and tobacco cessation patterns among adults and school age children, as well as diet and exercise patterns among African-American women and low-income children. Current research includes the evaluation of California's SB 19 Pupil Nutrition Act, the evaluation of the tobacco prevention education efforts in California's public schools, statewide surveillance of tobacco use among residents of Asian/Indian ancestry and a pilot program to assist Korean-American smokers in quitting the tobacco habit. McCarthy's current research also involves examining adolescent tobacco use differences among Asian ethnic subgroups and among Latino ethnic subgroups. Pending research includes examining the impact of education about cancer-related legal information on quality of life in breast cancer patients and research on building health promotion capacity within community health clinics. Past research projects studied tobacco use among Asian populations, smoking among low-income, pregnant women and a series of studies regarding mentholated cigarettes.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Yancey AK, Fielding JE, Flores GR, Sallis JF, McCarthy WJ, Breslow L. Creating a robust public health infrastructure for physical activity promotion. Am J Prev Med. 2007; 32(1): 68-78.
McCarthy WJ. A step in the maturation of the field of lifestyle change interventions. J Clin Oncol. 2007; 25(17): 2338-9.
Arangua L, McCarthy WJ, Moskowitz R, Gelberg L, Kuo T. Are homeless transitional shelters receptive to environmental tobacco control interventions? Tob Control. 2007; 16(2): 143-4.
McCarthy WJ, Yancey AK, Harrison GG, Leslie J, Siegel JM. Fighting cancer with fitness: dietary outcomes of a randomized, controlled lifestyle change intervention in healthy African-American women. Prev Med. 2007; 44(3): 246-53.
Yancey AK, Simon PA, McCarthy WJ, Lightstone AS, Fielding JE. Ethnic and sex variations in overweight self-perception: relationship to sedentariness. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006; 14(6): 980-8.