Barbara Tempalski, PhD, MPH
Independent Investigator; Formerly National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
PhD, Health Geography, University of Washington
MPH, Community Health Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York
MA, Geography/GIS, Hunter College of the City University of New York
BA, Environmental Geology, Northeastern University
Research Interests
Infectious disease, Political ecology of health & disease, Health & place, Health policy
Barbara Tempalski’s research focuses on the nexus of health, social, and political geographies in measuring the geographic distribution of services, response and prevention of HIV among injection drug users. Her current research investigates injection drug use-related HIV, including developing and modeling estimates of injection drug users and HIV prevalence rates among injection drug users in US metropolitan areas overtime, and measuring the need for syringe exchange service provision and availability of drug treatment services to this highly stigmatized and largely hidden population. Dr. Tempalski served as a consultant for USAID evaluating the utility of GPS and GIS as a tool for integrating schistosomiasis control in Egypt. She also worked for UNICEF examining the utility of a GIS in evaluating Dracunculiasis eradication policies in West Africa. She has conducted reproductive health research in Nepal focusing on use of condoms and HIV knowledge among Nepalese women, and how physical landscape bears on this knowledge. Dr. Tempalski has published 50 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of PWID service provision and coverage, predictors of services, estimates of PWID and HIV prevalence estimates among PWID, and place-based factors associated with low service coverage, place and HIV risk, and NIMBYism and syringe exchange services.


Ibragimov U, Beane S, Adimora AA, Friedman SR, Williams L, Tempalski B, Stall R, Wingood G, Hall HI, Johnson AS, Cooper HLF (2019).
Relationship of racial residential segregation to newly diagnosed cases of HIV among Black heterosexuals in US metropolitan areas, 2008-2015
Journal of Urban Health, 96 (6), 856-867. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0303-1. PMCID: PMC6904685.

Ibragimov U, Beane S, Friedman SR, Komro K, Adimora AA, Edwards JK, Williams LD, Tempalski B, Livingston MD, Stall RD, Wingood GM, Cooper HLF (2019).
States with higher minimum wages have lower STI rates among women: Results of an ecological study of 66 US metropolitan areas, 2003-2015
PLoS One, 14 (10), e0223579. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223579. PMCID: PMC6785113.

Ibragimov U, Beane S, Friedman SR, Smith JC, Tempalski B, Williams L, Adimora AA, Wingood GM, McKetta S, Stall RD, Cooper HL (2019).
Police killings of Black people and rates of sexually transmitted infections: A cross-sectional analysis of 75 large US metropolitan areas, 2016
Sexually Transmitted Infections [Epub 2019 Aug 23]. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2019-054026.

Jost JJ, Tempalski B, Vera T, Akiyama MJ, Mangalonzo AP, Litwin AH (2019).
Gaps in HCV knowledge and risk behaviors among young suburban people who inject drugs
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (11). doi: 10.3390/ijerph16111958. PMCID: PMC6604001.

Tempalski B, Cooper HLF, Kelley ME, Linton SL, Wolfe ME, Chen YT, Ross Z, Des Jarlais DC, Friedman SR, Williams LD, Semaan S, DiNenno E, Wejnert C, Broz D, Paz-Bailey G (2019).
Identifying which place characteristics are associated with the odds of recent HIV testing in a large sample of people who inject drugs in 19 US metropolitan areas
AIDS and Behavior, 23 (2), 318-335. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2217-z. PMCID: PMC6318077.


Cooper HL, Tempalski B (2014).
Integrating place into research on drug use, drug users’ health, and drug policy
International Journal of Drug Policy, 25 (3), 503-507. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.03.004. PMCID: PMC4135510.

Tempalski B, Pouget ER, Cleland CM, Brady JE, Cooper HLF, Hall HI, Lansky A, West BS, Friedman SR (2013).
Trends in the population prevalence of people who inject drugs in US metropolitan areas 1992-2007
PLoS One, 8 (6), e64789. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064789. PMCID: PMC3673953.

Tempalski B, McQuie H (2009).
Drugscapes and the role of place and space in injection drug use-related HIV risk environments
International Journal of Drug Policy, 20 (1), 4-13. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2008.02.002. PMCID: PMC3615636.

Dr. Tempalski's ResearchGate Profile