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Susan I. Woodruff

Susan I. Woodruff, Professor

Susan I. Woodruff, Professor


Phone: (619) 594-3475
Office: HH 203E

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  • PhD (Epidemiology), SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program, 1998
  • M.A. (Experimental Psychology) , San Diego State University, 1988
  • BA (Political Science), University of Texas at El Paso, 1977

Scholarly Areas

Tobacco and drug use research, particularly with high-risk and underserved populations, health disparity research, research methodology, and statistics


Susan I. Woodruff, Ph.D., has a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University. She has over 20 years of experience in the area of tobacco and drug use research, particularly with high-risk and underserved populations.

Dr. Woodruff has been Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on several cancer control studies including, (a) an NCI-funded promotora-based trial to reduce second-hand smoke in the homes of Latino children, (b) a culturally tailored smoking cessation study with adult Latino smokers, (c) an internet-based virtual world chat room for teen smoking cessation that is being considered for state-wide dissemination, (d) a longitudinal study of cultural risk factors for smoking among Latino youth, and (e) a national multilevel assessment study of adolescents’ UV exposure in tanning salons. Currently, she serves as a consultant on a DoD-funded evaluation of the “Young Marines” drug and alcohol prevention program, and on a quality of life study with military personnel affected by combat-related traumatic brain injury. She is the evaluation manager on a SAMSHA-funded project (CASBIRT — California Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment Services), that delivers alcohol and drug screening and services to patients in local emergency and trauma units.

Dr. Woodruff has been extremely active in multidisciplinary grant writing, and has published over 100 articles in scientific refereed journals. She has a particular interest in health disparity research, research methodology, and statistics, and has assisted many students in conducting their thesis and dissertation research. Dr. Woodruff has been very active as a lecturer, having taught classes in advanced psychology, behavior change theory, and health program planning and assessment. She also has enjoyed mentoring over a dozen ethnically diverse undergraduate and graduate students interested in attaining research experience and publishing their research findings.