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


Wilkinson ST, Palamar JJ, Sanacora G (2024).
The rapidly shifting ketamine landscape in the US
JAMA Psychiatry, 81 (3), 221-222. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.4945.

Fitzgerald ND, Palamar JJ (2024).
Increases in the use of drug testing kits among nightclub and festival attendees in New York City who use ecstasy, 2017-2022
Drug and Alcohol Review [Epub 2024 Feb 26]. doi: 10.1111/dar.13829.

Palamar JJ, Fitzgerald ND, Carr TH, Rutherford C, Keyes KM, Cottler LB (2024).
National and regional trends in seizures of shrooms (psilocybin) in the United States, 2017-2022
Drug and Alcohol Dependence [Epub 2024 Feb 6] . doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2024.111086.

Palamar JJ (2024).
Drug checking for fentanyl as surveillance to inform monitoring of overdose risk
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 66 (2), 384-385. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2023.09.030. PMCID: PMC10833062.

Palamar JJ, Massano M, Salomone A (2024).
Five cases of unintentional exposure to BZO-4en-POXIZID among nightclub attendees in New York City
Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 48 (1), 75-80. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkad086. PMCID: PMC10981447.

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