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. Martínez C, Castellano Y, Fu M, Riccobene A, Feliu A, Tigova O, Ballbè M, Anton L, Fernández P, Cabrera-Jaime S, Puig-Llobet M, Moreno C, Falcó-Pegueroles A, Galimany J, Estrada JM, Guydish J, Fernández E. Patient perceptions of tobacco control after smoke-free hospital grounds legislation: Multi-center cross-sectional study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2019 Nov 22; 102:103485.
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  2. Yip D, Gubner N, Le T, Williams D, Delucchi K, Guydish J. Association of Medicaid Expansion and Health Insurance with Receipt of Smoking Cessation Services and Smoking Behaviors in Substance Use Disorder Treatment. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2019 Jul 29.
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  3. Gubner NR, Williams DD, Chen E, Silven D, Tsoh JY, Guydish J, Vijayaraghavan M. Recent cessation attempts and receipt of cessation services among a diverse primary care population - A mixed methods study. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100907.
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  4. Gubner NR, Williams DD, Le T, Garcia W, Vijayaraghavan M, Guydish J. Smoking related outcomes before and after implementation of tobacco-free grounds in residential substance use disorder treatment programs. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 04 01; 197:8-14.
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  5. Ballbè M, Martínez C, Feliu A, Torres N, Nieva G, Pinet C, Raich A, Mondon S, Barrio P, Hernández-Ribas R, Vicens J, Costa S, Vilaplana J, Alaustre L, Vilalta E, Blanch R, Subirà S, Bruguera E, Suelves JM, Guydish J, Fernández E. Effectiveness of a telephone-based intervention for smoking cessation in patients with severe mental disorders: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2019 Jan 11; 20(1):38.
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  6. Guydish J, Yip D, Le T, Gubner NR, Williams DD, Delucchi KL. Tobacco Cessation Services in Addiction Treatment: What Do Clients Say? Psychiatr Serv. 2019 03 01; 70(3):229-232.
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  7. Campbell BK, Le T, Yip D, Griffin KB, Gubner NR, Guydish JR. Sex Differences in Graphic Warning Label Ratings by Addictions Clients. Tob Regul Sci. 2019 Jan; 5(1):3-14.
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  8. Campbell B, Yip D, Le T, Gubner N, Guydish J. Relationship between Tobacco Use and Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) among Clients in Substance Use Disorders Treatment. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2019 Jan-Mar; 51(1):48-57.
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  9. Campbell BK, Le T, Gubner NR, Guydish J. Health risk perceptions and reasons for use of tobacco products among clients in addictions treatment. Addict Behav. 2019 Apr; 91:149-155.
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  10. Pagano A, Gubner NR, Le T, Yip D, Williams D, Delucchi K, Guydish J. Differences in tobacco use prevalence, behaviors, and cessation services by race/ethnicity: A survey of persons in addiction treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 11; 94:9-17.
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  11. Gubner NR, Pagano A, Tajima B, Guydish J. A Comparison of Daily Versus Weekly Electronic Cigarette Users in Treatment for Substance Abuse. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 04 02; 20(5):636-642.
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  12. Hall SM, Humfleet GL, Gasper JJ, Delucchi KL, Hersh DF, Guydish JR. Cigarette Smoking Cessation Intervention for Buprenorphine Treatment Patients. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 04 02; 20(5):628-635.
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  13. Gubner NR, Williams DD, Pagano A, Campbell BK, Guydish J. Menthol cigarette smoking among individuals in treatment for substance use disorders. Addict Behav. 2018 05; 80:135-141.
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  14. Pagano A, Gubner N, Le T, Guydish J. Cigarette smoking and quit attempts among Latinos in substance use disorder treatment. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2018; 44(6):660-667.
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  15. 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 10 01; 179:355-361.
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  16. Gubner NR, Guydish J, Humfleet GL, Benowitz NL, Hall SM. Nicotine biomarkers and rate of nicotine metabolism among cigarette smokers taking buprenorphine for opioid dependency. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 09 01; 178:267-270.
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  17. Murray DE, Durazzo TC, Schmidt TP, Murray TA, Abé C, Guydish J, Meyerhoff DJ. Regional cerebral blood flow in opiate dependence relates to substance use and neuropsychological performance. Addict Biol. 2018 03; 23(2):781-795.
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  18. Pagano A, Gubner N, Tajima B, Yip D, Henderson C, Guydish J. Addiction Treatment Clients' Reactions to Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarette Packs. J Drug Issues. 2017 Jul; 47(3):433-447.
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  19. 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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  20. Guydish J, Tajima B, Le T, Henderson C, Yip D, Gruber V, Garcia W, Delucchi KL. Do cigarette graphic warnings encourage smokers to attend a smoking cessation programme: a quasi-experimental study. Tob Control. 2018 01; 27(1):43-49.
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