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 career reflects his commitment to investigate drug use, and how drug use and associated sexual risk behavior can lead to transmission of HIV. His research and publication record reflects his dedication to drug epidemiology and HIV research, and to pursuing an independent research career. Dr. Palamar has extensive experience analyzing large datasets with complex study designs such as Monitoring the Future (MTF) and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). He recently received a K01 (DA038800) to advance his training in qualitative methods and measure development. He is a new investigator with 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 correlates of “club drug” use and risky sexual behavior. He has also published extensively with MTF data, focusing heavily on adolescent drug use.
Principal Investigator, Development of a Rapid Survey to Detect Use of New and Emerging Drugs. 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, Le A, Mateu-Gelabert P (2018).
Not just heroin: Extensive polysubstance use among US high school seniors who currently use heroin
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 188, 377-384. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.05.001.

Hambrick HR, Park SH, Palamar JJ, Estreet A, Schneider J, Duncan DT (2018).
Use of poppers and HIV risk behaviours among men who have sex with men in Paris, France: An observational study
Sexual Health [Epub 2018 Jun 1]. doi: 10.1071/SH17217.

Palamar JJ, Shearston JA (2018).
Nonmedical opioid use in relation to recency of heroin use in a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 50 (2), 159-166. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2017.1368747. PMCID: PMC5847431.

Park SH, Al-Ajlouni Y, Palamar JJ, Goedel WC, Estreet A, Elbel B, Sherman SE, Duncan DT (2018).
Financial hardship and drug use among men who have sex with men
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 13 (1), 19. doi: 10.1186/s13011-018-0159-0. PMCID: PMC5968620.

Palamar JJ, Le A, Cleland CM (2018).
Nonmedial opioid use among electronic dance music party attendees in New York City
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 186, 226-232. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.001. PMCID: PMC5911182.

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