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Guada, Joe, PhD

Guada, Joe, PhD

Associate Professor

Pronouns: He/Him

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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 a serious mental illness and underserved populations in need of behavioral health care. Several of his studies focus on the relationship between consumer and family outcomes for families with a loved one with schizophrenia. He also participated in the OSU Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative (HCA) that sought to create a social work training program that prepares social workers to work in integrated health care systems for underserved populations. His more recent work seeks to understand the utility of mental health peer health navigation models in rural settings as well as the human-animal bond for homeless individuals including those with serious co-occurring disorders such as serious mental illness and a substance use disorder. 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.


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

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