PhD Members Programs

San Diego State University

School of Social Work

The PhD degree in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance (IRSU) is awarded jointly by UC San Diego and San Diego State University. This program was designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in substance use research with the knowledge and skills to advance evidence- based and applied substance use interventions, programs and policies, including primary prevention of substance misuse and harm reduction. The program provides both a national and global health perspective in the field of substance use. Using a socio-ecological lens, our program advances education and research training specific to the interdisciplinary field of substance use and related co-morbid conditions (e.g., HIV and mental health). The program builds on mutual and complementary strengths of faculty in both institutions and will be the most productive doctoral programs in the nation associated with a School of Social Work.

San Diego State University
San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Public
  • Joint Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 3-5 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree required
  • No
  • No

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • School Social Work


Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga [email protected] 619-594-6859