Suzan Walters
Suzan M. Walters, PhD
NYU Langone Health - 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 an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine 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 of 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, Community-Driven Exploration of PrEP, Harm Reduction, and OPC Service Use among Spanish-Speaking People Who Inject Drugs in NYC. Active
Principal Investigator, Intersectional Stigma Experiences, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and Other Service Use Among People Who Inject Drugs. Active
Principal Investigator, Qualitative Assessment of the First Government Sanctioned Overdose Prevention Center in the United States. Active
Principal Investigator, Feasibility of PrEP for Persons Who Inject Drugs. Completed


Stopka TJ, Estadt AT, Leichtling G, Schleicher JC, Mixson LS, Bresett J, Romo E, Dowd P, Walters SM, Young AM, Zule W, Friedmann PD, Go V, Baker R, Fredericksen RJ (2024).
Barriers to opioid use disorder treatment among people who use drugs in the rural United States: A qualitative, multi-site study
Social Science and Medicine, 346, 116660. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2024.116660.

Fredericksen RJ, Baker R, Sibley A, Estadt AT, Colston D, Mixson LS, Walters S, Bresett J, Levander XA, Leichtling G, Davy-Mendez T, Powell M, Stopka TJ, Pho M, Feinberg J, Ezell J, Zule W, Seal D, Cooper HLF, Whitney BM, Delaney JAC, Crane HM, Tsui JI (2024).
Motivation and context of concurrent stimulant and opioid use among persons who use drugs in the rural United States: A multi-site qualitative inquiry
Harm Reduction Journal, 21 (1), 74. doi: 10.1186/s12954-024-00986-z. PMCID: PMC10985853.

Jenkins WD, Miller KW, Tillewein H, Walters S, Weatherly T, Wickham H, Luckey G, Fenner E (2024).
Healthcare experiences and health outcomes among rural LGBTQ+ individuals
American Journal of Health Promotion [Epub 2024 Mar 27]. doi: 10.1177/08901171241240814..

Rains A, Sibley AL, Levander XA, Walters SM, Nolte K, Colston DC, Piscalko HM, Go VF, Friedmann PD, Seal DW (2023).
“I would do anything but that”: Attitudes towards sex work among rural people who use drugs
International Journal of Drug Policy, 122, 104237. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2023.104237. PMCID: PMC10842447.

Jaiswal J, Griffin M, LoSchiavo C, Cox A, Hascher K, Dunlap K, Walters S, Burton WM, Grin B, Mumba M, Eaton E (2023).
Challenges to providing integrated HIV prevention in substance use treatment settings: Frontline staff perspectives on HIV and sex-related, education, communication and stigma
Substance Use and Misuse, 58 (14), 1866-1873. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2023.2257308. PMCID: PMC10873058.

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