Contact Information

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
University of Michigan
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Office (734) 763-6201
Fax (734) 763-3372

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2007


David Cordova, Ph.D.



Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.A. Alliant International University
B.A. San Diego State University

About Me

Professor Córdova received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and graduated with a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellow. After completing his National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Professor Córdova joined the faculty at the University of Michigan School
of Social Work.

Research Statement

His research focuses on Latino health inequities, particularly as it relates to the prevention of substance use and HIV in adolescents. Most recently, Professor Córdova received an early career development award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(Grant# U01PS003316-01), to develop and test the efficacy of a familybased, drug abuse and HIV preventive intervention to be delivered via the internet. He is the recipient of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program. Professor Córdova enjoys collaborating with students in all aspects of the research process. He is interested in using community-based participatory research, as well as both qualitative and longitudinal methodologies to work toward narrowing and
ultimately eliminating health inequities among Latino populations.


Perron, B. E., Córdova, D., Salas-Wright, C., & Vaughn, M. G. (in press). Validity: Conceptual and methodological issues in substance abuse research. In J. Van Geest, T. Johnson, & S. Alemagno (Eds.), Handbook of Substance Abuse Research Methods. New York, NY: Springer.

Huang, S., Córdova, D., Estrada, Y., Brincks, A., & Prado, G. (in press). Efficacy of a family intervention in reducing illicit drug use among high-risk Hispanic adolescents: An application of the complier average causal effect analysis. Family Process.

Córdova, D., Estrada, Y., Malcom, S., Huang, S., Pantin, H., Brown, H., & Prado, G. (2014). Prevention science: An epidemiological approach. In Z. Sloboda & H. Petras (Eds.), Prevention Science. New York, NY: Springer.

Córdova, D., Ciofu, A., Park, K., Parra-Cardona, J. R., Holtrop, K., & Cervantes, R. (2014). The role of intrapersonal and ecodevelopmental factors in the lives of Latino alternative high school youth. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 23(2), 148-167.