University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Joseph R. Guydish, PhD, MPH

Joseph R. Guydish, PhD, MPH

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF
Leader, Tobacco Control Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Tobacco Control

Research Summary

My research concerns access, delivery, and organization of substance abuse treatment services. My experience in this area includes studies evaluating efforts to improve access to publicly funded drug abuse treatment, assessing federal policy to end addiction as an SSI disability category, evaluating needle exchange as an HIV prevention strategy, and investigating interventions for drug-involved offenders. In recent years, my work has focused on tobacco dependence in addictions treatment, because of the high rate of smoking in this population, because of the known health consequences, and because of the increasing evidence that quitting smoking in addictions treatment also improves drug abuse outcomes.

I recently accepted leadership of the Tobacco Control Program of the UCSF NCI-funded HDFCCC, and I program the Cancer Center’s tobacco control seminar that postdoctoral fellows attend as part of their broader training. In the past 5 years, I have led the NIDA-funded P50 Center of Excellence, in the Department of Psychiatry, dedicated to continuing and extended care models of addiction treatment. At the national level, I chair the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) review committee. I have a longstanding value on training the next generation of researchers. This is most apparent in our NIDA T32 postdoctoral fellowship training program in drug abuse treatment and services research, and in our more recent R25 designed to train underrepresented minority scientists in addiction treatment. In my career, I have had primary mentoring responsibilities for 16 pre and postdoctoral scholars, and for both clinical and research training.


Washington State University, Pullman, WA, BS, 1977, Psychology
Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, MS, 1982, Clinical Psychology
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, PhD, 1987, Clinical Psychology
University of California, San Francisco, CA, Postdoc Fellow, 1987-1988, Behavioral Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Research Fellow, 1988-1990, AIDS Prevention Studies
University of California, Berkeley, CA, MPH, 1990, Epidemiology

Professional Experience

  • 1991-1992
    Assist. Clinical Prof. of Medicine, UCSF Inst. for Health Policy Studies
  • 1992-1997
    Attending Staff, UCSF Medical Center
  • 1992-1998
    Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • 1992-present
    Core Faculty, Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF
  • 1993-1998
    Core Faculty, Clinical Psychology Training Program, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
  • 1998-2004
    Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2004-2005
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, UCSF
  • 2005-present
    Professor in Residence of Medicine and Health Policy, with joint appointment in Department of Psychiatry, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Guydish J, Yip D, Le T, Gubner NR, Delucchi K, Roman P. Smoking-related outcomes and associations with tobacco-free policy in addiction treatment, 2015-2016. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Oct 01; 179:355-361.
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  2. Guydish J, Le T, Campbell B, Yip D, Ji S, Delucchi K. Drug abuse staff and clients smoking together: A shared addiction. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 05; 76:64-68.
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  3. Guydish J, Tajima B, Pramod S, Le T, Gubner NR, Campbell B, Roman P. Use of multiple tobacco products in a national sample of persons enrolled in addiction treatment. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 09 01; 166:93-9.
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  4. Guydish J, Campbell BK, Manuel JK, Delucchi KL, Le T, Peavy KM, McCarty D. Does treatment fidelity predict client outcomes in 12-Step Facilitation for stimulant abuse? Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Jan 01; 134:330-336.
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  5. Guydish J. Commentary on Szatkowski & McNeill (2013): Where the smokers are. Addiction. 2013 Aug; 108(8):1495-6.
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  6. Guydish J, Ziedonis D, Tajima B, Seward G, Passalacqua E, Chan M, Delucchi K, Zammarelli L, Levy M, Kolodziej M, Brigham G. Addressing Tobacco Through Organizational Change (ATTOC) in residential addiction treatment settings. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Feb 01; 121(1-2):30-7.
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  7. Guydish J, Passalacqua E, Tajima B, Chan M, Chun J, Bostrom A. Smoking prevalence in addiction treatment: a review. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Jun; 13(6):401-11.
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  8. Guydish J, Tajima B, Chan M, Delucchi KL, Ziedonis D. Measuring smoking knowledge, attitudes and services (S-KAS) among clients in addiction treatment. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Apr 01; 114(2-3):237-41.
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  9. Guydish J, Jessup M, Tajima B, Manser ST. Adoption of motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement therapy following clinical trials. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2010 Sep; Suppl 6:215-26.
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  10. Guydish J, Passalacqua E, Tajima B, Manser ST. Staff smoking and other barriers to nicotine dependence intervention in addiction treatment settings: a review. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2007 Dec; 39(4):423-33.
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  11. Guydish J, Tajima B, Manser ST, Jessup M. Strategies to encourage adoption in multisite clinical trials. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2007 Mar; 32(2):177-88.
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