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Jeremiah Mock, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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    University of California, DavisBA06/1986International Relations
    Universidade Federal de Viçosa, BrazilVisiting Scholar11/1988Anthropology and Rural Sociology
    University of California, DavisMSc06/1995International Agricultural Development
    University of California, San Francisco and BerkeleyPhD12/2000Medical Anthropology
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    University of California1994  - 95UC Regents’ Fellowship
    University of California1995  - 96UC Regents’ Fellowship
    National Association of Graduate and Professional Students 1997President’s Award
    U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs1997  - 98Fulbright IIE Fellowship, Thailand
    University of California, San Francisco1998  - 99Graduate Dean’s Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco1998  - 99Graduate Research Fellowship
    University of California1999  - 00UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship
    NIH/National Center on Minority Health2002  - 05Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program
    University of California, San Francisco2006  - 08Champion of Diversity
    University of California, San Francisco2007  - 09School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity in Action (DIVA) Committee

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    Dr. Mock conducts collaborative research examining how people’s cultural context shapes their patterns of tobacco use. As a health anthropologist, for over two decades he has focused on examining how and why people’s lived experience of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure is deeply rooted in culture, and how cultural and political-economic change can influence the prevalence of tobacco use within a cultural group, as well as changes in people’s modes and norms of tobacco use. His work has recently expanded to examine the cultural phenomena of young people’s pod-based e-cigarette use (e.g., “juuling”), heated tobacco product (e.g., IQOS) use, and cannabis use.

    Dr. Mock is Principal Investigator of a three-year grant funded by California’s Tobacco-related Disease Research Program on policy research to denormalize tobacco use in the great outdoors in California and the Pacific Rim. Through the analysis of tobacco industry documents and tobacco advertising, Dr. Mock and his collaborators are identifying industry strategies for propagating the pervasive notion that it is socially acceptable to smoke in outdoor settings. At parks and beaches throughout California, Japan and Thailand, they are conducting interviews, observations and collecting discarded waste from tobacco, e-cigarette, IQOS and cannabis use to generate an evidence base for eliminating the environmental impact of this waste, secondhand smoke and aerosol exposure, and fire hazard in outdoor recreational areas, marine environments and wilderness habitats.

    For over 23 years, Dr. Mock has worked within multiethnic, multiage and multidisciplinary teams to conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR) on preventing and reducing tobacco use in underserved populations in California. He was an investigator on 10 large-scale tobacco control and cancer prevention studies funded by NIH and CDC.

    He recently led the first-of-its-kind CBPR garbology study on how teen “juuling,” cigarette, cigarillo, and cannabis use are contaminating high school environments, published in MMWR.

    He is the lead author or coauthor of publications including the first study to document high levels of secondhand smoke exposure at popular beaches, and one of the first studies showing high densities of tobacco waste in beaches. He has also published research on the burden of secondhand smoke exposure on the respiratory health of Thai children, tobacco company interference in Thailand, waterpipe use in Syria, and on culture and smoking in Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant communities in the U.S.

    Dr. Mock’s work has taken him throughout Asia. While in Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship and as faculty at Osaka University, he conducted research uncovering the paradox of high smoking rates among young people crafting an alternative, environmentally sensitive way of life.

    He has conducted trainings on health anthropology and evaluation research for the Ministries of Public Health in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, for Osaka Prefecture Department of Public Health, and for the WHO Kobe Health Development Research Center. He has a strong command of Thai language and he is conversant in Japanese. He is also nearly fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

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    Policy Research to Denormalize Tobacco Use in California and the Pacific Rim
    Tobacco-related Disease Research Program 28MT-0082Dec 1, 2018 - Nov 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR)
    NIH UL1TR001450Aug 13, 2015 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health US
    NIH U58DP001015Sep 30, 2007 - Mar 29, 2013
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Establishment of the Syrian Center for Cancer
    NIH R03TW007233Jul 15, 2006 - Jun 30, 2009
    Role: Co-Investigator
    NIH U01CA114640May 6, 2005 - Sep 29, 2012
    Role: Co-Investigator
    NIH R21TW006545Jul 1, 2003 - Jun 30, 2006
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Racial and Ethnics Approaches to Community Health
    NIH U50DP422184Sep 30, 2002 - Jan 31, 2008
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Establishment of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies
    NIH R01TW005962Jul 1, 2002 - Jun 30, 2008
    Role: Co-Investigator
    NIH U01CA086322Apr 4, 2000 - Mar 31, 2006
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Mock J, Hendlin YH. Notes from the Field: Environmental Contamination from E-cigarette, Cigarette, Cigar, and Cannabis Products at 12 High Schools - San Francisco Bay Area, 2018-2019. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 Oct 11; 68(40):897-899. PMID: 31600185.
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    2. Kungskulniti N, Charoenca N, Mock J, Hamann SL. Secondhand smoke point-source exposures assessed by particulate matter at two popular public beaches in Thailand. J Public Health (Oxf). 2018 09 01; 40(3):527-532. PMID: 28977624.
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    3. Kungskulniti N, Charoenca N, Hamann SL, Pitayarangsarit S, Mock J. Cigarette Waste in Popular Beaches in Thailand: High Densities that Demand Environmental Action. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 03 29; 15(4). PMID: 29596385.
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    4. Charoenca N, Kungskulniti N, Mock J, Hamann S, Vathesatogkit P. How Thailand's greater convergence created sustainable funding for emerging health priorities caused by globalization. Glob Health Action. 2015; 8:28630. PMID: 26328948.
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    5. Burgess DJ, Mock J, Schillo BA, Saul JE, Phan T, Chhith Y, Alesci N, Foldes SS. Culture, acculturation and smoking use in Hmong, Khmer, Laotians, and Vietnamese communities in Minnesota. BMC Public Health. 2014 Aug 04; 14:791. PMID: 25087937.
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    6. Kaufman AH, Mock J .. Cultivating greater well-being: The benefits Thai organic farmers experience from adopting Buddhist eco-spirituality. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 2014; DOI 10.1007/s10806-014-9500-4.
    7. Charoenca N, Kungskulniti N, Tipayamongkholgul M, Sujirarat D, Lohchindarat S, Mock J, Hamann SL. Determining the burden of secondhand smoke exposure on the respiratory health of Thai children. Tob Induc Dis. 2013 Mar 18; 11(1):7. PMID: 23506470.
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    8. Charoenca N, Mock J, Kungskulniti N, Preechawong S, Kojetin N, Hamann SL. Success counteracting tobacco company interference in Thailand: an example of FCTC implementation for low- and middle-income countries. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 04; 9(4):1111-34. PMID: 22690186.
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    9. Hamann SL, Mock J, Hense S, Charoenca N, Kungskulniti N. Building tobacco control research in Thailand: meeting the need for innovative change in Asia. Health Res Policy Syst. 2012 Jan 28; 10:3. PMID: 22284811.
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    10. Hammal F, Mock J, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. A pleasure among friends: how narghile (waterpipe) smoking differs from cigarette smoking in Syria. Tob Control. 2008 Apr; 17(2):e3. PMID: 18375726.
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    11. Mock J, McPhee SJ, Nguyen T, Wong C, Doan H, Lai KQ, Nguyen KH, Nguyen TT, Bui-Tong N. Effective lay health worker outreach and media-based education for promoting cervical cancer screening among Vietnamese American women. Am J Public Health. 2007 Sep; 97(9):1693-700. PMID: 17329652.
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    12. Nguyen TT, McPhee SJ, Gildengorin G, Nguyen T, Wong C, Lai KQ, Lam H, Mock J, Luong TN, Bui-Tong N, Ha-Iaconis T. Papanicolaou testing among Vietnamese Americans: results of a multifaceted intervention. Am J Prev Med. 2006 Jul; 31(1):1-9. PMID: 16777536.
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    13. Mock J, Nguyen T, Nguyen KH, Bui-Tong N, McPhee SJ. Processes and capacity-building benefits of lay health worker outreach focused on preventing cervical cancer among Vietnamese. Health Promot Pract. 2006 Jul; 7(3 Suppl):223S-32S. PMID: 16760246.
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    14. Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Rastam S, Asfar T, Mzayek F, Fouad MF, Hammal F, Mock J, Maziak W. The tobacco epidemic in Syria. Tob Control. 2006 Jun; 15 Suppl 1:i24-9. PMID: 16723671.
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    15. Wong ST, Gildengorin G, Nguyen T, Mock J. Disparities in colorectal cancer screening rates among Asian Americans and non-Latino whites. Cancer. 2005 Dec 15; 104(12 Suppl):2940-7. PMID: 16276538.
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    16. McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT, Mock J, Nguyen T, Lam H. Highlights/best practices of San Francisco's Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (AANCART). Cancer. 2005 Dec 15; 104(12 Suppl):2920-5. PMID: 16270324.
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    17. Maziak W, Ward KD, Mzayek F, Rastam S, Bachir ME, Fouad MF, Hammal F, Asfar T, Mock J, Nuwayhid I, Frumkin H, Grimsley F, Chibli M. Mapping the health and environmental situation in informal zones in Aleppo, Syria: report from the Aleppo household survey. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2005 Aug; 78(7):547-58. PMID: 15999277.
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    18. Hammal F, Mock J, Ward KD, Fouad MF, Beech BM, Maziak W.Settling with danger: ethnographic assessment of community conditions and health problems in peri-urban settlements in Aleppo, Syria. Environment and Urbanization. 2005; 2(17):113-126.
    19. Nichter M, Quintero G, Nichter M, Mock J, Shakib S. Qualitative research: contributions to the study of drug use, drug abuse, and drug use(r)-related interventions. Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1907-69. PMID: 15587954.
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    20. Lai KQ, Nguyen TT, Mock J, McPhee SJ, Doan HT, Pham TH. Increasing Vietnamese-American physicians' knowledge of cervical cancer and Pap testing: impact of continuing medical education programs. Ethn Dis. 2004; 14(3 Suppl 1):S122-7. PMID: 15682781.
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    21. Unger JB, Cruz T, Shakib S, Mock J, Shields A, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Palmer P, Cruz JD, Edsall E, Gritz ER, Glynn T, Johnson CA. Exploring the cultural context of tobacco use: a transdisciplinary framework. Nicotine Tob Res. 2003 Dec; 5 Suppl 1:S101-17. PMID: 14668090.
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    22. Wannasuntad S, May S, Mock J. The absence of cancer prevention for the Thai population in the U.S. Asian Am Pac Isl J Health. 2003 Summer-Autumn; 10(2):108-13. PMID: 15509151.
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    23. Lam TK, McPhee SJ, Mock J, Wong C, Doan HT, Nguyen T, Lai KQ, Ha-Iaconis T, Luong TN. Encouraging Vietnamese-American women to obtain Pap tests through lay health worker outreach and media education. J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jul; 18(7):516-24. PMID: 12848834.
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    24. Maziak W, Asfar T, Mock J. Why most women in Syria do not smoke: can the passive barrier of traditions be replaced with an information-based one? Public Health. 2003 Jul; 117(4):237-41. PMID: 12966743.
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    25. McPhee SJ, Nguyen T, Euler GL, Mock J, Wong C, Lam T, Nguyen W, Nguyen S, Huynh Ha MQ, Do ST, Buu C. Successful promotion of hepatitis B vaccinations among Vietnamese-American children ages 3 to 18: results of a controlled trial. Pediatrics. 2003 Jun; 111(6 Pt 1):1278-88. PMID: 12777542.
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    26. Zhou F, Euler GL, McPhee SJ, Nguyen T, Lam T, Wong C, Mock J. Economic analysis of promotion of hepatitis B vaccinations among Vietnamese-American children and adolescents in Houston and Dallas. Pediatrics. 2003 Jun; 111(6 Pt 1):1289-96. PMID: 12777543.
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    27. Nguyen TT, McPhee SJ, Nguyen T, Lam T, Mock J. Predictors of cervical Pap smear screening awareness, intention, and receipt among Vietnamese-American women. Am J Prev Med. 2002 Oct; 23(3):207-14. PMID: 12350454.
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    28. Paknawin-Mock J, Jarvis L, Jahari AB, Husaini MA, Pollitt E. Community-level determinants of child growth in an Indonesian tea plantation. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2000 May; 54 Suppl 2:S28-42. PMID: 10902985.
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    29. Robinson KM, Miller HI. Free fatty acid turnover and oxidation after burn shock in guinea pigs. Circ Shock. 1981; 8(3):283-90. PMID: 6788397.
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