William McCarthy

William McCarthy, PhD

Adjunct Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management



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Dr. William McCarthy's current research includes lifestyle change prevention trials involving low-income Latinos and a comparative effectiveness trial pitting two government-sanctioned approaches to weight control, also involving predominantly low-income, immigrant Latino adult patients of a local community health center. McCarthy continues to contribute to the tobacco control literature, including recent research on adolescent electronic cigarette use. He has conducted epidemiological studies of tobacco use and tobacco use cessation patterns among adults and school age children, as well as diet and exercise patterns among African-American women and low-income children.

His past 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 county-wide intervention to reduce tobacco use among the residents of 26 transitional shelters for the homeless. Past research projects examined tobacco use among Asian subgroups, smoking cessation in low-income, pregnant women and a series of studies regarding mentholated cigarettes.

Highlighted Publications

Cavallo DN, Horino M, McCarthy WJ. Adult Intake of Minimally Processed Fruits and Vegetables: Associations with Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Factors. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Sep;116(9):1387-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2016.03.019. Epub 2016 May 10.

Sugiyama T, Horino M, Inoue K, Kobayashi Y, Shapiro MF, McCarthy WJ. Trends of Child's Weight Perception by Children, Parents, and Healthcare Professionals during the Time of Terminology Change in Childhood Obesity in the United States, 2005-2014. Child Obes. 2016 Dec;12(6):463-473. Epub 2016 Oct 6.

Bostean G, Crespi CM, Vorapharuek P, McCarthy WJ. E-cigarette use among students and e-cigarette specialty retailer presence near schools. Health Place. 2016 Nov;42:129-136. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.09.012. Epub 2016 Oct 19.

Bassett JC, Gore JL, Kwan L, Ritch CR, Barocas DA, Penson DF, McCarthy WJ, Saigal CS. Knowledge of the harms of tobacco use among patients with bladder cancer. Cancer. 2014 Dec 15;120(24):3914-22. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28915. Epub 2014 Nov 10.

Mistry R, Pednekar M, Pimple S, Gupta PC, McCarthy WJ, Raute LJ, Patel M, Shastri SS. Banning tobacco sales and advertisements near educational institutions may reduce students' tobacco use risk: evidence from Mumbai, India. Tob Control. 2015 Mar;24(e1):e100-7. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050819. Epub 2013 Aug 19.