Guada, Joe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


PhD - University of Southern California , 2007
MSW - State University of New York, Albany, 1992
BA - State University of New York, Brockport, 1981

Areas of Expertise
Serious mental illness
Peer health navigation systems
Family members with a loved one with a serious mental illness
Mental health disparities for behavioral health

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Seriously mentally ill
Interventions for serious mental illness
Homelessness and behavioral health issues


Joe Guada practiced as a social worker for approximately 16 years in a variety of mental health settings. This experience informs his areas of research that include families with a loved one with schizophrenia and integrating mental health care in primary care settings for underserved populations. Several of his studies focused on the relationship between consumer and family outcomes for families with a loved one with schizophrenia. His research has appeared in several journals that focus on mental health care in community settings, and he has presented his findings at both national and international conferences. He was recently added to the OSU Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative (HCA). He is part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team designing a unique social work training program that prepares social workers to work in integrated health care systems specifically focused on reaching underserved populations. Additionally, his work includes designing research models and outcomes for both providers and patients in such a unique setting.