Danielle Ompad
Danielle C. Ompad, PhD
CDUHR - Deputy Director and Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU School of Global Public Health - Associate Dean for Education & Professor
PhD, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
MHS, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
BS, Biology, Bowie State University
Research Interests
PWUDs, PWIDs, HIV and HCV care cascades, Club drugs, Cannabis, Natural history, Social determinants, Drug cessation, Eastern Europe/Central Asia
Danielle C. Ompad is the Deputy Director for CDUHR and Director of CDUHR’s Dissemination & Implementation Core.  She is also an Associate Professor at NYU’s School of Global Public Health.  Dr. Ompad is an infectious disease epidemiologist with extensive experience in design, conduct, and analysis of community-based cross-sectional and prospective studies.  Her research interests include illicit substance use, sexual risk behaviors, infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, HBV, HCV, HSV, and HPV), adult access to vaccines, and urban health.  She has studied HIV risk, and social determinants of that risk, among drug using populations in the US (Baltimore and New York, in particular), Ukraine, and Russia.  Dr. Ompad was a member of the Synergy Circle of the Knowledge Network on Urban Settings, a network created by WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health to consider the role of urbanization in health outcomes. She has also been a consultant to the WHO and PAHO on urban health issues. She was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Roundtable for Urban Living Environment Research (RULER) group. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Urban Health and former secretary for the International Society for Urban Health.
Principal Investigator, Application of a Syndemic Framework to HPV and HSV Infection in Emergent Adult Men. Completed
Principal Investigator, Feasibility of PrEP for Persons Who Inject Amphetamines in New York City and Rural Illinois. Completed
Principal Investigator, HIV Research Capacity Building in the Philippines. Completed
Principal Investigator, Heroin Cessation and HIV Risk: A Case-Control Study. Completed
Principal Investigator, New Marijuana Products: Implications for Sexual Effects and Sexual Risk Behavior. Completed
Principal Investigator, Testing a Model of Resilience to Develop an Intervention for Healthy Aging in Older HIV-Seropositive Adults. Completed


Meteliuk A, Sazonova Y, Goldmann E, Xu S, Liutyi V, Liakh T, Spirina T, Lekholetova M, Islam Z, Ompad DC (2024).
The impact of the 2014 military conflict in the east of Ukraine and the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea among patients receiving opioid agonist therapies
Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment, 160, 209312. doi: 10.1016/j.josat.2024.209312.

Williams LD, Kolak M, Villanueva C, Ompad DC, Tempalski B (2023).
Creation and validation of a new socio-built environment index measure of opioid overdose risk for use in both non-urban and urban settings
Journal of Urban Health, 100 (5), 1048-1061. doi: 10.1007/s11524-023-00754-7. PMCID: PMC10618135.

Walters SM, Frank D, Felsher M, Jaiswal J, Fletcher S, Bennett AS, Friedman SR, Ouellet LJ, Ompad DC, Jenkins W, Pho MT (2023).
How the rural risk environment underpins hepatitis C risk: Qualitative findings from rural southern Illinois, United States
International Journal of Drug Policy, 112, 103930. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103930. PMCID: PMC9974910.

Walters SM, Felsher M, Frank D, Jaiswal J, Townsend T, Muncan B, Bennett AS, Friedman SR, Jenkins W, Pho MT, Fletcher S, Ompad DC (2023).
I don’t believe a person has to die when trying to get high: Overdose prevention and response strategies in rural Illinois
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (2), 1648. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20021648. PMCID: PMC9864395.

Kirtadze I, Mgebrishvili T, Beselia A, Gvasalia T, Chokheli M, Ompad DC, Otiashvili D (2022).
No good time without drugs: Qualitative study among nightlife attendees in Tbilisi, Georgia
Adiktologie, 22 (3), 152-160. doi: 10.35198/01-2022-003-0003. PMCID: PMC9671217.


Ompad DC, Bell DL, Amesty S, Nyitray AG, Papenfuss M, Lazcano-Ponce E, Villa LL, Giuliano AR (2013).
Men who purchase sex, who are they? An interurban comparison
Journal of Urban Health, 90 (6), 1166-1180. doi: 10.1007/s11524-013-9809-8. PMCID: PMC3853174.

Ompad DC, Nandi V, Cerda M, Crawford N, Galea S, Vlahov D (2012).
Beyond income: Material resources among drug users in economically-disadvantaged New York City neighborhoods
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 120 (1-3), 127-134. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.07.008. PMCID: PMC3225725.

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