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, New Psychoactive Substance Exposure among NYC Nightclub and Festival Attendees. Active
Principal Investigator, Development of a Rapid Survey to Detect Use of New and Emerging Drugs. Completed
Principal Investigator, Drug Use Among Nightclub and Dance Festival Attendees in New York City. 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


Salomone A, Galletto M, Massano M, Di Corcia D, Palamar JJ, Vincenti M (2023).
Detection of fentanyl, synthetic opioids, and ketamine in hair specimens from purposive samples of American and Italian populations
Journal of Forensic Sciences, 68 (5), 1698-1707. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.15348.

Palamar JJ (2023).
Adverse drug effects as a deterrent against willingness to use in the future among nightclub/festival attendees
Drug and Alcohol Review, 42 (6), 1547-1552. doi: 10.1111/dar.13673.

Palamar JJ, Rutherford C, Le A, Keyes KM (2023).
Seasonal variation of use of common psychedelics and party drugs among nightclub/festival attendees in New York City
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs [Epub 2023 Aug 21]. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2023.2240322.

Palamar JJ (2023).
Prevalence and correlates of GHB use among adults in the United States
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 55 (3), 268-273. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2022.2081948. PMCID: PMC9699895.

Palamar JJ, Fitzgerald ND, Grundy DJ, Black JC, Jewell JS, Cottler LB (2023).
Characteristics of poisonings involving ketamine in the United States, 2019-2021
Journal of Psychopharmacology, 37 (8), 802-808. doi: 10.1177/02698811221140006. PMCID: PMC10244478.

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