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, New psychoactive substances, Stigma, Risky sexual intercourse
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, New Psychoactive Substance Exposure among NYC Nightclub and Festival Attendees. Active
Principal Investigator, Development of a Rapid Survey to Detect Use of New and Emerging Drugs. Completed
Principal Investigator, Drug Use Among Nightclub and Dance Festival Attendees in New York City. Completed
Principal Investigator, Pilot Study Examining the Sexual Effects of Cannabis Use. Completed
Principal Investigator, Pilot Study to Collect Saliva and Follow-up Survey Response Rates among EDM Party Attendees. Completed
Principal Investigator, Use of Psychoactive Drugs and Sexual Risk Behavior among Nightclub and Festival Attendees. Completed


Yang KH, Tam RM, Satybaldiyeva N, Kepner W, Han BH, Moore AA, Palamar JJ (2023).
Trends in past-month cannabis use among US adults across a range of disabilities and health conditions, 2015-2019
Preventive Medicine, 177, 107768. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2023.107768.

Palamar JJ, Salomone A, Massano M, Cleland CM (2023).
Trends in reported and biologically confirmed drug use among people who use ecstasy in the nightclub/festival-attending population, 2016–2022
Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, 9, 100198. doi: 10.1016/j.dadr.2023.100198. PMCID: PMC10665664.

Han BH, Jewell JS, Ding BK, Wu NC, Cottler LB, Palamar JJ (2023).
Trends in characteristics of prescription opioid-related poisonings among older adults in the United States, 2015-2021
Journal of Addiction Medicine, 17 (6), e392-e395. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001193.

Palamar JJ, Massano M, Salomone A (2023).
Five cases of unintentional exposure to BZO-4en-POXIZID among nightclub attendees in New York City
Journal of Analytical Toxicology [Epub 2023 Nov 10]. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkad086.

Yang KH, Kepner W, Nijum A, Han BH, Palamar JJ (2023).
Prevalence and correlates of past year ecstasy/MDMA use in the United States
Journal of Addiction Medicine, 17 (5), 592-597. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001188. PMCID: PMC10593986.

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