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 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, 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, Acosta P, Cleland CM (2020).
The influence of viewing a headline about ecstasy/Molly adulteration on future intentions to use
Journal of Substance Use, 25 (1), 95-100. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2019.1664660.

Ompad DC, Gershon RR, Sandh S, Acosta P, Palamar JJ (2019).
Construction trade and extraction workers: A population at high risk for drug use in the United States, 2005-2014
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 205, 107640. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107640. PMCID: PMC6910220.

Salomone A, Bigiarini R, Palamar JJ, McKnight C, Vinsick L, Amante E, Di Corcia D, Vincenti M (2019).
Toward the interpretation of positive testing for fentanyl and its analogs in real hair samples: Preliminary considerations
Journal of Analytical Toxicology [Epub 2019 Nov 27]. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkz102.

Palamar JJ, Le A, Mateu-Gelabert P (2019).
Perceived risk of heroin in relation to other drug use in a representative US sample
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 51 (5), 463-472. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2019.1632506. PMCID: PMC6823136.

Palamar JJ, Le A, Acosta P, Cleland CM (2019).
Consistency of self-reported drug use among electronic dance music party attendees
Drug and Alcohol Review, 38 (7), 798-806. doi: 10.1111/dar.12982. PMCID: PMC6858931.

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