Honoria Guarino, PhD
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy - Research Associate Professor
PhD, Anthropology, University of Arizona
MA, Anthropology, University of Arizona
BA, Anthropology/Fine Arts, New York University
Research Interests
Opioid use and misuse, Development and evaluation of behavioral interventions for drug use and HIV/HCV prevention, eHealth/mHealth, Sociocultural contexts of risk

Honoria Guarino is a Research Associate Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Dr. Guarino is an anthropologist who specializes in mixed-methods, qualitative and ethnographic research on drug use and HIV/HCV infection. Her work focuses on the influence of multi-level contextual factors on vulnerability and resilience to the negative health impacts of drug use, and the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions, especially technology-based interventions, for people who use drugs and those vulnerable to HIV/HCV. Dr. Guarino has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous federally-funded studies with a broad range of drug-using populations, including young adults who use opioids and people who inject drugs, as well as immigrants from the former Soviet Union, migrant Puerto Ricans in New York City and opioid-treated chronic pain patients.

Principal Investigator, Mobile Intervention for Opioid-Using Military Veterans with Chronic Pain. Active
Principal Investigator, Preventing Injection: An mHealth Intervention That Leverages Social Networks to Prevent Progression to Injection Among Young Opioid Users. Active
Principal Investigator, Staying Safe Intervention: Preventing HCV Among Youth Opioid Injectors. Active
Principal Investigator, Developing and Implementing an Innovative Methodology for Evaluating Participant Engagement in Technology-Based Behavioral Health Interventions. Completed
Principal Investigator, Opioid Use and HIV/HCV Risk Among Immigrant Youth from the Former Soviet Union. Completed


Mateu-Gelabert P, Guarino H, Zibbell JE, Teubl J, Fong C, Goodbody E, Edlin B, Salvati C, Friedman SR (2020).
Prescription opioid injection among young people who inject drugs in New York City: A mixed-methods description and associations with hepatitis C virus infection and overdose
Harm Reduction Journal, 17, 22. doi: 10.1186/s12954-020-00367-2. PMCID: PMC7106794.

Bennett AS, Watford JA, Elliott L, Wolfson-Stofko B, Guarino H (2019).
Military veterans’ overdose risk behavior: Demographic and biopsychosocial influences
Addictive Behaviors, 99, 106036. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106036. PMCID: PMC6791780.

Gelpi-Acosta C, Guarino H, Benoit E, Deren S, Pouget ER, Rodriguez A (2019).
Injection risk norms and practices among migrant Puerto Rican people who inject drugs in New York City: The limits of acculturation theory
International Journal of Drug Policy, 69, 60-69. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.03.016. PMCID: PMC6588447.

Palamar JJ, Le A, Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P (2019).
A comparison of the utility of urine- and hair testing in detecting self-reported drug use among young adult opioid users
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 200, 161-167. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.04.008. PMCID: PMC6588496.

Quinn K, Fong C, Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P (2019).
Development, validation, and potential applications of the hepatitis C virus injection-risk knowledge scale (HCV-IRKS) among young opioid users in New York City
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194, 453-459. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.11.010. PMCID: PMC6312493.

Dr. Guarino's Google Scholar Profile
Selected Press
Janie Simmons and Honoria Guarino provided training on how to administer naloxone as part of International Overdose Awareness Day.