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, Drug Use Among Nightclub and Dance Festival Attendees in New York City. Active
Principal Investigator, Development of a Rapid Survey to Detect Use of New and Emerging Drugs. 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


Sonmez I, Palamar JJ (2022).
Trends in self-injurious thoughts and behaviors among US adults, 2015-2019: Differential risk according to sexual orientation
Archives of Suicide Research [Epub 2022 Jul 8]. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2022.2096519.

Palamar JJ, Cottler LB, Goldberger BA, Severtson SG, Grundy DJ, Iwanicki JL, Ciccarone D (2022).
Trends in characteristics of fentanyl-related poisonings in the United States, 2015-2021
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse [Epub 2022 Jun 15]. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2022.2081923.

Le A, Wasserman A, Palamar JJ (2022).
Risky party and nightclub attendance during the COVID-19 nightlife shutdown in New York City
Journal of Urban Health [Epub 2022 Jun 7]. doi: 10.1007/s11524-022-00657-z.

Palamar JJ, Le A (2022).
Electronic health record data may lead to underestimates of cannabis use-especially among older populations
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 70 (6), 1657-1660. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17720. PMCID: PMC9177566.

Palamar JJ (2022).
Prevalence and correlates of GHB use among adults in the United States
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs [Epub 2022 May 26]. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2022.2081948.

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