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, 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, Le A (2018).
Trends in DMT and other tryptamine use among young adults in the United States
American Journal on Addictions, 27 (7), 578-585. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12803.

Han BH, Palamar JJ (2018).
Marijuana use by middle-aged and older adults in the United States, 2015–2016
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 191, 374-381. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.07.006. PMCID: PMC6159910.

Palamar JJ (2018).
Barriers to accurately assessing prescription opioid misuse on surveys
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse [Epub 2018 Sep 19]. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2018.1521826.

Palamar JJ (2018).
“Bath salt” use and beliefs about use among electronic dance music attendees
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs [Epub 2018 Sep 11]. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2018.1517229.

Ompad DC, Palamar JJ, Krause KD, Kapadia F, Halkitis PN (2018).
Reliability and validity of a material resources scale and its association with depression among young men who have sex with men: The P18 cohort study
American Journal of Men's Health, 12 (5), 1384-1397. doi: 10.1177/1557988316651206. PMCID: PMC6142116.

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