Joseph Palamar, PhD, MPH
NYU Langone Health - Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
PhD, Public Health, New York University
MPH, Public Health, New York University
MA, Educational Psychology, New York University
BA, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Research Interests
Epidemiology of illicit drug use, Club drugs, Risky sexual intercourse, Stigma, Drug policy, Social epidemiology
Joseph Palamar’s research and publication record reflect his commitment to investigate the epidemiology of drug use. He has a diverse background in psychology, epidemiology, and in the study of drug use, and specializes in psychosocial correlates of drug use. He has focused heavily on the epidemiology of new psychoactive substance use, “club drug” use, and drug-related risky sexual behavior — especially within the electronic dance music (EDM) nightclub and festival scene. He also has extensive experience analyzing data from large national datasets such as Monitoring the Future and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Principal Investigator, Development of a Rapid Survey to Detect Use of New and Emerging Drugs. Active
Principal Investigator, Drug Use Among Nightclub and Dance Festival Attendees in New York City. Active
Principal Investigator, Pilot Study Examining the Sexual Effects of Cannabis Use. Completed
Principal Investigator, Use of Psychoactive Drugs and Sexual Risk Behavior among Nightclub and Festival Attendees. Completed


Palamar JJ, Salomone A, Bigiarini R, Vincenti M, Acosta P, Tofighi B (2019).
Testing hair for fentanyl exposure: A method to inform harm reduction behavior among individuals who use heroin
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse [Epub 2019 Jan 2]. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2018.1550652.

Duncan DT, Zweig S, Hambrick HR, Palamar JJ (2019).
Sexual orientation disparities in prescription opioid misuse among U.S. adults
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 56 (1), 17-26. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.07.032.

Palamar JJ, Han BH, Martins SS (2019).
Shifting characteristics of nonmedical prescription tranquilizer users in the United States, 2005-2014
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 195, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.11.015.

Le A, Palamar JJ (2019).
Oral health implications of increased cannabis use among older adults: Another public health concern?
Journal of Substance Use, 24 (1), 61-65. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2018.1508518. PMCID: PMC6277025.

Palamar JJ, Barratt MJ (2018).
Prevalence of reagent test-kit use and perceptions of purity among ecstasy users in an electronic dance music scene in New York City
Drug and Alcohol Review [Epub 2018 Dec 21]. doi: 10.1111/dar.12882.

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