Suzan Walters
Suzan M. Walters, PhD
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California - Postdoctoral Fellow, Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse
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, Gender, Sexualities, HIV/AIDS, Social networks
Suzan Walters is a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in the Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research program. Her research focuses on how social networks, substance use, gender, sexualities, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic class impact health outcomes, specifically related to HIV prevention. Dr. Walters 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 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, Feasibility of PrEP for Persons Who Inject Drugs. Active


Ezell JM, Walters S, Friedman SR, Bolinski R, Jenkins WD, Schneider J, Link B, Pho MT (2021).
Stigmatize the use, not the user? Attitudes on opioid use, drug injection, treatment, and overdose prevention in rural communities
Social Science and Medicine, 268, 113470. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113470. PMCID: PMC7755701.

Jenkins WD, Bolinski R, Bresett J, Van Ham B, Fletcher S, Walters S, Friedman SR, Ezell JM, Pho M, Schneider J, Ouellet L (2021).
COVID-19 during the opioid epidemic – exacerbation of stigma and vulnerabilities
Journal of Rural Health, 37 (1), 172-174. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12442. PMCID: PMC7262104.

Ellis K, Walters S, Friedman SR, Ouellet LJ, Ezell J, Rosentel K, Pho MT (2020).
Breaching trust: A qualitative study of healthcare experiences of people who use drugs in a rural setting
Frontiers in Sociology, 5, 593925. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2020.593925.

Walters SM, Seal DW, Stopka TJ, Murphy ME, Jenkins WD (2020).
COVID-19 and people who use drugs – A commentary
Health Behavior and Policy Review, 7 (5), 489-497. doi: 10.14485/hbpr.7.5.11. PMCID: PMC7595339.

Walters SM, Kral AH, Simpson KA, Wenger L, Bluthenthal RN (2020).
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis prevention awareness, willingness, and perceived barriers among people who inject drugs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, 2016-2018
Substance Use and Misuse, 55 (14), 2409-2419. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2020.1823419. PMCID: PMC7665852.

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