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David Córdova

Assistant Professor of Social Work

David Córdova

Professor Córdova received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and graduated 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. 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 family-based, 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.

Research Interests/Focus

Drug abuse, HIV/STI, prevention, community-based participatory research, adolescents, health disparities

Continuing Education Programs

Assistant Professor of Social Work
University of Michigan School of Social Work


Year Degree   School
2010 PhD Human Development and Family Studies with Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy Michigan State University, Lansing
2005 MA Marriage and Family Therapy Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
2002 BA Psychology San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2000 AA Psychology Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA


Prevention Research and Health Equity Lab

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.

Córdova, D., Heinze, J., Mistry, R., Salas-Wright, C. P., & Zimmerman, M. (in press). Ecodevelopmental trajectories of family functioning: Links with HIV/STI risk behaviors and STI among black adolescents. Developmental Psychology.

Cordova, D., Schwartz, S. J., Unger, J. B., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Villamar, J. A., Soto, D. W., Des Rosiers, S., Kyoung Lee, T., Mecca, A., Cano, M. A., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Oshri, A., Salas-Wright, C. P., Pina-Wilson, B. M., & Romero, A. J. (in press). A longitudinal test of the parent-adolescent family functioning discrepancy hypothesis: A trend toward increased HIV risk behaviors among immigrant Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Schwartz, S. J. Unger, J. B., Romero, A. J., Cano, M. A., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Córdova, D., Oshri, Assaf., Santisteban, D. A., Des Rosiers, S. E., Huang, S., Villamar, J. A., Soto, D., & Pattarroyo, M. (in press). A process-oriented analysis of parent acculturation, parent socio-cultural stress, family processes, and Latina/o youth smoking and depressive symptoms international journal of intercultural relations. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Córdova, D., Alers-Rojas, F., Mendoza Lua, F., Bauermeister, J., Nurenberg, R., Ovadje, L., Fessler, F., Delva, J., Salas-Wright, C. P., & Youth Leadership Council. (in press). Usability and acceptability of an adolescent mHealth HIV/STI and drug abuse preventive in primary care. Behavioral Medicine.

Cano, M. Á., Schwartz, S. J., Castillo, L. G., Unger, J. B., Huang, S., Zamboanga, B. L., Romero, A. J., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Córdova, D., Des Rosiers, S. E., Lizzi, K. M., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Soto, D. W., Villamar, J. A., Pattarroyo, M., & Szapocznik, J. (2016). Health risk behaviors and depressive symptoms among Hispanic adolescents: Examining acculturation discrepancies and family functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, 30(2), 254-265.

Salas-Wright, C. P., Vaughn, M. G., Schwartz, S. J., & Córdova, D. (2016). An “immigrant paradox” for adolescent externalizing behavior? Evidence from a national sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51, 27-37.

Córdova, D., Bauermeister, J., Fessler, K., Delva, J., Nelson., A., Nurenberg, R., Lua, F., Alers-Rojas, F., & Salas-Wright, C. P. (2015). A community-engaged approach to developing an HIV/STI and Drug Abuse mHealth preventive intervention for primary care: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth uHealth, 3(4).

Mistry, R., Heinze, J., Córdova, D., Hsing-Fang, H., Goldstick, J., Aiyer, S., & Zimmerman, M. (2015). Transitions in current substance use from adolescence to early-adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(10), 1871-1883.

Schwartz, S., Unger, J. B., Zamboanga, B. L., Córdova, D., Mason, C. A., Huang, S., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Des Rosiers, S., Soto, D. W., Villamar, J. A., Pattarroyo, M., Lizzi, K. M., & Szapocznik, J. (2015). Developmental trajectories of acculturation: Links with family functioning and mental health in recent-immigrant Hispanic adolescents. Child Development, 86(3), 726-748.

Nelson, A., Córdova, D., Walters, A., & Szeecsy, E. (2015). Storytelling for empowerment for Latino teens: increasing HIV prevention knowledge and attitudes. Journal of Adolescent Research.

Salas-Wright, C. P., Vaughn, M. G., Todic, J., Córdova, D. & Perron, B. E. (2015). Trends in the disapproval and use of marijuana among adolescents and young adults in the United States: 2002-2013. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 41(5), 392-404.

Salas-Wright, C. P., Robles, E. H., Vaughn, M. G., Córdova, D., & Figueroa, R. P. (2015). Toward a typology of acculturative stress: findings from a national sample of Hispanic immigrants. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Vaughn, M. G., Salas-Wright, C. P., DeLisi, M., Perron, B. E. & Córdova, D. (2015). Crime and violence among MDMA users in the United States. AIMS Public Health, 2(1), 64-73.

Schwartz, S. J., Unger, J. B., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Zamboanga, B. L., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Des Rosiers, S. E., Romero, A. J., Cano, M. A., Gonzales-Backen, M. A., Córdova, D., Piña-Watson, B. M., Huang, S., Villamar, J. A., Soto, D. W., Pattarroyo, M., & Szapocznik, J. (2015). Trajectories of cultural stressors and effects on mental health and substance use among Hispanic immigrant adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56, 433-439.

Córdova, D., Parra-Cardona, J. R., Blow, A., Johnson, D., Prado, G., & Fitzgerald, H. (2015). "They don't look at what affects us": The role of ecodevelopmental factors on alcohol and drug use in Latinos with physical disabilities. Ethnicity and Health.

Huang, S., Córdova, D., Estrada Y, Brincks A, & Prado, G. (2014). 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, 53(2), 336-47.

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.

Oshri, A., Schwartz, S. J., Unger, J. B., Kwon, J. A., Des Rosiers, S. E., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Córdova, D., Soto, D. W., Lizzi, K. M., & Szapocznik, J. (2014). Bicultural stress, identity formation, and alcohol expectancies and misuse in Hispanic adolescents: A developmental approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Salas-Wright, C. P., Vaughn, M. G., Clark, T. T., & Córdova, D. (2014). Substance use disorders among first and second-generation immigrant adults in the USA: Evidence of an immigrant paradox?. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Córdova, D., Cervantes, R., & Ciofu, A. (2014). Exploring culturally-based intrafamilial stressors among Latino Adolescents. Family Relations, 63(5), 693-706.

Salas-Wright, C. P., Vaughn, M. G., Clark, T. T., & Córdova, D. (2014). Profiles of acculturation among Hispanics in the United States: Links with discrimination and substance use. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

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.

Córdova, D., Heinze, J., Mistry, R., Hsieh, H.-F., Stoddard, S., Salas,-Wright, C. P., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Family functioning and parent support trajectories and substance use and misuse among minority urban adolescents: A growth mixture model. Special Issue on Culture in Substance Use and Misuse.

Córdova, D., Huang, S., Garvey, M., Estrada, Y., & Prado, G. (2014). Do parent-adolescent discrepancies in family functioning increase the risk of Hispanic adolescent HIV risk behaviors? Family Process.

Huang, S., Córdova, D., Estrada, Y., Brincks, A., & Prado, G. (2014). An Application of the Complier Average Causal Effect Analysis to Examine the Effects of a Family Intervention in Reducing Illicit Drug Use among High-Risk Hispanic Adolescents. Family Process, 53(2), 336-347.

Farrelly, C., Córdova, D., Huang, S., Pantin, H., & Prado, G. (2013). The role of acculturation and family functioning in predicting HIV risk behaviors among Hispanic delinquent youth. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15, 476-483.

Schwartz, S., Unger, J. B., Zamboanga, B. L., Córdova, D., Mason, C. A., Huang, S., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Des Rosiers, S., Soto, D. W., Villamar, J. A., Pattarroyo, M., Lizzi, K. M., & Szapocznik, J. (2013). Developmental trajectories of acculturation in Hispanic adolescents: Associations with family functioning and adolescent risk behavior. Child Development.

Córdova, D., Parra-Cardona, J. R., Blow, A., Jonson, D., Prado, G., & Fizgerald, H. (2013). The role of intrapersonal factors on alcohol and drug use among Latinos with physical disabilities. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addiction, 13, 244-268.

Prado, G., Córdova, D., Maldonado-Molina, M., Brown, C. H., Pantin, H., & Bacio, G. (2013). Ecodevelopmental and intrapersonal moderators of a family based preventive intervention for Hispanic youth. Prevention Science, 14, 290-299.

Respress, B. N., Small, E. S., Francis, S. A., & Córdova, D. (2013). The role of perceived peer prejudice and teacher discrimination on adolescent substance use: A social determinants approach. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 12, 279-299.

Prado, G., Córdova, D., Huang, S., Estrada, Y., Bacio, G. A., & Leon Jimenez, G. (2012). The efficacy of Familias Unidas on drug and alcohol use for Hispanic delinquent youth; main effects and interaction effects by parental stress and social support. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 125, S18-S25.

Córdova, D., Huang, S., Pantin, H., & Prado, G. (2012). Do the effects of a family intervention on alcohol and drug use vary by nativity status? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26(3), 655-660.

Prado, G., Pantin, H., Huang, S., Córdova, D., Tapia, M., Velazquez, M. R., Calfee, M., Malcolm, S., Arzon, M., Villamar, J., Leon Jimenez, M., & Cano, N. (2012). Effects of a family intervention in reducing HIV risk behaviors among high-risk Hispanic adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 166(2), 127-133.

Cervantes, R. C., Fisher, D. G., Córdova, D., & Napper, L. (2012). Developing the Hispanic stress inventory-Adolescent version: A culturally appropriate psychosocial assessment for Hispanics. Psychological Assessment, 24, 187-196.

Córdova, D., Huang, S., Arzon, M., Freitas, D., Malcolm, S., & Prado, G. (2011). The role of attitudes, family, peer and school on alcohol use, rule breaking and aggressive behavior in Hispanic delinquent adolescents. Open Family Studies Journal, 4, 38-45.

Prado, G., Córdova, D., Cano, N., Arzon, M., Pantin, H., & Brown, C. H. (2011). Drug abuse preventive interventions for Hispanic youth: State of the science and implications for future research. In Y. F. Thomas, L. N. Price, & A. V. Lybrand (Eds.), Drug Use Trajectories Among African American and Hispanic Youth. New York, NY: Springer.

Cervantes, R. C., & Córdova, D. (2011). Life experiences of Hispanic adolescents: Developmental and clinical considerations in acculturation stress. Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 336-235.

Tello, J., Cervantes, R. C., Córdova, D., & Santos, S. (2010). Joven noble: Evaluation of a culturally focused youth development program. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 799-811.

Córdova, D., & Cervantes, R. C. (2010). Intergroup and within-group perceived discrimination among U.S.-born and foreign-born Latino youth. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32, 259-274.

Parra-Cardona, J. R., Holtrop, K., Córdova, D., Escobar-Chew, A. R., Horsford, S., & Tams, L. (2009). "Queremos aprender": Latino immigrants' call to integrate cultural adaptation with best practice knowledge in a parenting intervention. Family Process, 48(2), 211-231.

Parra-Cardona, J. R., Córdova, D., Holtrop, K., Escobar-Chew, A. R., & Horsford, S. (2009). Culturally informed, emotionally focused therapy with Latino/a immigrant couples. In M. Rastogi & V. Thomas (Eds.), Multicultural Couple Therapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Parra-Cardona, J. R., Cordova, D., Holtrop, K., Villarruel, F. A., & Weiling, E. (2009). Share ancestry, evolving stories: Similar and contrasting life experiences described by foreign-born and U.S.-born Latino parents. Family Process, 47, 157-172.

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