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


Won NY, Palamar JJ, Mike SA, Fitzgerald ND, Cottler LB (2023).
A qualitative analysis of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel experiences and perceptions responding to drug overdoses in the United States (US) during the COVID-19 pandemic
Journal of Health Research, 37 (4), 270-279. doi: 10.56808/2586-940X.1045.

Kepner WE, Han BH, Nguyen D, Han SS, Lopez FA, Palamar JJ (2023).
Past-month binge drinking and cannabis use among middle-aged and older adults in the United States, 2015-2019
Alcohol, 107, 32-37. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2022.07.006. PMCID: PMC9933134.

Le A, Palamar JJ (2023).
Underreported drug use among dental patients: A call for dental care professionals to improve drug use screening
Journal of the American Dental Association, 154 (3), 191-193.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2022.09.007. PMCID: PMC9974890.

Gatanaga O, Palamar JJ, Lim S (2023).
Prevalence of substance use among Asian sexual minority individuals in the United States, 2015-2020
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs [Epub 2023 Feb 27]. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2023.2181242.

Palamar JJ, Le A, Rutherford C, Keyes KM (2023).
Exploring potential bellwethers for drug-related mortality in the general population: A case for sentinel surveillance of trends in drug use among nightclub/festival attendees
Substance Use and Misuse, 58 (2), 188-197. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2022.2151315. PMCID: PMC9877192.

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