Suzan Walters
Suzan M. Walters, PhD
NYU School of Global Public Health - Research Assistant Professor
PhD, Sociology, Stony Brook University
MA, Sociology, St. John’s University
BA, Philosphy, University of California, Riverside
Research Interests
Medical sociology, social determinants of health, substance use, intersectional stigma, gender, sexualities, HIV/AIDS, social networks
Suzan Walters is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Global Public Health and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research at New York University (NYU).  She has completed two postdoctoral fellowships focused on interdisciplinary drug use research: the Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research program at NYU and the Interdisciplinary Research and Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Use at the University of Southern California. Her mixed-methods research focuses on the social and structural determinants of health among drug using populations.  In particular she focuses on awareness, knowledge and access to biomedical interventions as part of larger social processes of exclusion. Her current K01 grant focuses on how intersectional stigma experiences affect health outcomes among people who use drugs. She has worked as an ethnographer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, a program director for the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, and a research fellow for AIDS Foundation Chicago. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes for Health, American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women and Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Sociology AIDS Network, and Stony Brook University.
Principal Investigator, Intersectional Stigma Experiences, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and Other Service Use Among People Who Inject Drugs. Active
Principal Investigator, Feasibility of PrEP for Persons Who Inject Drugs. Completed


Friedman SR, Williams LD, Williams LD, Jordan AE, Walters S, Perlman DC, Mateu-Gelabert P, Nikolopoulos GK, Khan MR, Peprah E, Ezell J (2022).
Toward a theory of the underpinnings and vulnerabilities of structural racism: Looking upstream from disease inequities among people who use drugs
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (12), 7453. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19127453. PMCID: PMC9224240.

Walters SM, Perlman DC, Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P, Frank D (2022).
Lessons from the first wave of COVID-19 for improved medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment: Benefits of easier access, extended take homes, and new delivery modalities
Substance Use and Misuse, 57 (7), 1144-1153. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2022.2064509.

Walters SM, Bolinski RS, Almirol E, Grundy S, Fletcher S, Schneider J, Friedman SR, Ouellet LJ, Ompad DC, Jenkins W, Pho MT (2022).
Structural and community changes during COVID-19 and their effects on overdose precursors among rural people who use drugs: A mixed-methods analysis
Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 17, 24. doi: 10.1186/s13722-022-00303-8. PMCID: PMC9037978.

Ezell JM, Olson B, Walters SM, Friedman SR, Ouellet L, Pho MT (2022).
A sociology of empathy and shared understandings: Contextualizing beliefs and attitudes on why people use opioids
Rural Sociology [Epub 2022 April 18]. doi: 10.1111/ruso.12440.

Walters SM, Frank D, Van Ham B, Jaiswal J, Muncan B, Earnshaw V, Schneider J, Friedman SR, Ompad DC (2022).
PrEP care continuum engagement among persons who inject drugs: Rural and urban differences in stigma and social infrastructure
AIDS and Behavior, 26 (4), 1308-1320. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03488-2. PMCID: PMCID: PMC8501360.

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