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Washington State University Graduate School

Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral

Be Unique

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


StudentDisciplinesResearch Topic
Ballav AryalEconomics, Statistics, Environmental scienceExploring effects of climate change on renewable energy production when environment constraints are present
Daniel BaylyEducation, Human Development, NeuroscienceHow normal/healthy expression of play contributes to normal development, how abnormal or inhibited play expression may contribute to abnormal development
Mason BurleyNursing; Psychology; Health Policy and AdministrationImproving treatment utilization for individuals with serious mental illness
Zoe CampbellGlobal Animal Health, Sociology, EconomicsIdentifying determinants and impacts of Newcastle Disease Virus vaccine uptake at the small-holder household level
Richard CarsonBusiness Management & Operations; Political Science & Public Affairs; Sociology; PsychologyOrganizational Development in the Public Sector
Susan DunnEducation-Teaching & Learning; Communications; Apparel, Merchandising, Design & TextilesApparel Industry communicates and classifies the plus size consumer
Rachel HalseySociology, Education, Veterinary Sciences, NursingVeterinary Faculty role as an educator
Amy HughesApparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles; Business Management; AnthropologyPerception and acceptance of e-commerce business strategies among American Indian apparel and textile handcrafters
Megan NimsChemistry, Environmental Sciences, GeologyInterdisciplinary approach to fisheries ecology research, specifically questions of fish migration and provenance
Ashley RaileyGlobal Animal Health, Economics, SociologyIdentify and address critical control points along the foot and mouth disease supply chain
Taylor RezvaniEducation; Psychology; ZoologyAssessment 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 SunApparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles; Management, Information Systems & Entrepreneurship; Marketing & International Business; Hospitality Business ManagementA study of the adoption decision making for and derived business value of apparel mobile commerce (m-commerce) from a company prospective


IIDP Students in the NEWS!


Program Structure, Goals, and Learning Outcomes


2017-18 IIDP Handbook


Some IIDP Faculty



Lisa Gloss, Interim Dean
Graduate School
Washington State University
French Ad 336
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
Phone: 509-335-5859