Dr. Mark Reed has been a member of the School of Social Work faculty since 2008. He is an Associate Professor and a Research Scientist in the Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies. Dr. Reed earned his Bachelors in Psychology and went on to earn his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Maryland. Before joining SDSU Dr. Reed was a Research Scientist at the San Diego State University Research Foundation and in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
One of Dr. Reed’s passions is his research in the alcohol and other drug field. He became interested in the field after noticing the tragic toll alcohol and other drugs causes on families. Also, contributing to his interest was researching the reason why people do things that are harmful to themselves. Throughout the years Dr. Reed believes some of the major changes in the field have been the increasing problem with prescription drug abuse and the mainstreaming of marijuana.
This semester Dr. Reed is teaching SW 430, Alcohol and Other Drug Problem Prevention. Dr. Reed’s favorite part of being a professor is being a mentor to his students. He truly enjoys being able to watch students take on a research project from the very beginning all the way to the end. He believes one of the great things about earning a social work degree is students get to keep their options broad and be creative with their future careers. Dr. Reed wants students to remember, “focus on learning and the rest will come.”
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