Camila Gelpí-Acosta, PhD
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY - Social Sciences Department - Assistant Professor
PhD, Sociology, New School for Social Research
BA, Political Science, University of Puerto Rico
Research Interests
Migration, Drug use risks, Sexual risks, HIV, Hepatitis C, Drug policies, Puerto Rico
Camila Gelpí-Acosta received her PhD from the New School for Social Research in 2013. Since 2008, she has been engaged in drug use and HIV research in New York City and in Puerto Rico. As the Project Director for the CDC’s National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) study in NYC from 2008 to 2011, she conducted multiple ethnographies with people at high risk for HIV, including migrant Puerto Rican people who inject drugs. From 2013-2014, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Behavioral Scientist Training program (NIDA T32 DA007233), where she received comprehensive support and mentorship for research proposal development. She is a native Puerto Rican who co-founded a syringe exchange program in Puerto Rico (El Punto en la Montaña, Inc.), and is a consultant of a NIDA R01 study (PI Dombrowski, R01DA037117) in rural Puerto Rico. In September 2014, she was appointed as Assistant Professor at LaGuardia College in the Criminal Justice Program.
Principal Investigator, Migrant Puerto Rican PWID: The Influence of Acculturation and Enculturation on HIV and HCV Risk Behaviors. Completed


Gelpi-Acosta C, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Aponte-Melendez Y, Abadie R (2020).
Puerto Rican syndemics: Opiates, overdoses, HIV, and the hepatitis C virus in a context of ongoing crises
American Journal of Public Health, 110 (2), 176-177. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305487.

Abadie R, Habecker P, Gelpi-Acosta C, Dombrowski K (2019).
Migration to the US among rural Puerto Ricans who inject drugs: Influential factors, sources of support, and challenges for harm reduction interventions
BMC Public Health, 19 (1), 1710. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-8032-2. PMCID: PMC6923839.

Gelpi-Acosta C, Guarino H, Benoit E, Deren S, Pouget ER, Rodriguez A (2019).
Injection risk norms and practices among migrant Puerto Rican people who inject drugs in New York City: The limits of acculturation theory
International Journal of Drug Policy, 69, 60-69. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.03.016. PMCID: PMC6588447.

Abadie R, Gelpi-Acosta C, Davila C, Rivera A, Welch-Lazoritz M, Dombrowski K (2018).
“It ruined my life”: The effects of the War on Drugs on people who inject drugs (PWID) in rural Puerto Rico
International Journal of Drug Policy, 51, 121-127. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.06.011. PMCID: PMC5851589.

Neaigus A, Reilly KH, Jenness SM, Hagan H, Wendel T, Gelpi-Acosta C, Marshall DM (2017).
Trends in HIV and HCV risk behaviors and prevalent infection among people who inject drugs in New York City, 2005-2012
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 75 (Suppl 3), S325-S332. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001407.


Deren S, Gelpi-Acosta C, Albizu-Garcia CE, Gonzalez A, Des Jarlais DC, Santiago-Negron S (2014).
Addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: The need for a multiregion approach
American Journal of Public Health, 104 (11), 2030-2036. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302114. PMCID: PMC4192034.

Gelpi-Acosta, C. (2014).
Challenging biopower: “Liquid cuffs” and the “junkie” habitus
Drugs, 22 (3), 248-254. doi: 10.3109/09687637. PMCID: PMC4780363.

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