Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral
Washington State University’s individual interdisciplinary doctoral degree is a unique program, designed by you, to meet your individual interests. While many universities offer interdisciplinary degrees, very few offer one that is individually designed and able to meet the distinct needs, interests, talents, and career goals of each person.
IIDP students work on a broad range of topics, bridging many disciplines, as highlighted by the research topics of current students (see below). In their Ph.D. studies, IIDP scholars have addressed many important problems facing society—problems that are too complicated for a single discipline, and must be tackled by successfully integrating the perspectives of multiple disciplines.
Students who have earned IIDP Ph.D. degrees have gone on to successful careers in academic research and administration as well as the public and private sector. See some examples HERE.
IIDP student Ashley Railey talks about the flexibility of the IIDP program
Current Student Research Topics and Combined Disciplines
|Ballav Aryal||Economics, Statistics, Environmental science||Exploring effects of climate change on renewable energy production when environment constraints are present|
|Daniel Bayly||Education, Human Development, Neuroscience||How normal/healthy expression of play contributes to normal development, how abnormal or inhibited play expression may contribute to abnormal development|
|Mason Burley||Nursing; Psychology; Health Policy and Administration||Improving treatment utilization for individuals with serious mental illness|
|Zoe Campbell||Global Animal Health, Sociology, Economics||Identifying determinants and impacts of Newcastle Disease Virus vaccine uptake at the small-holder household level|
|Richard Carson||Business Management & Operations; Political Science & Public Affairs; Sociology; Psychology||Organizational Development in the Public Sector|
|Susan Dunn||Education-Teaching & Learning; Communications; Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles||Apparel Industry communicates and classifies the plus size consumer|
|Rachel Halsey||Sociology, Education, Veterinary Sciences, Nursing||Veterinary Faculty role as an educator|
|Amy Hughes||Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles; Business Management; Anthropology||Perception and acceptance of e-commerce business strategies among American Indian apparel and textile handcrafters|
|Megan Nims||Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology||Interdisciplinary approach to fisheries ecology research, specifically questions of fish migration and provenance|
|Ashley Railey||Global Animal Health, Economics, Sociology||Identify and address critical control points along the foot and mouth disease supply chain|
|Taylor Rezvani||Education; Psychology; Zoology||Assessment of human learning and educational programs as applied to canine development, behavior, socialization, and training and the resulting effects on the human/canine relationship|
|Jing Sun||Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles; Management, Information Systems & Entrepreneurship; Marketing & International Business; Hospitality Business Management||A study of the adoption decision making for and derived business value of apparel mobile commerce (m-commerce) from a company prospective|