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, Risky sexual intercourse, Stigma, Drug policy, Social epidemiology
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, Development of a Rapid Survey to Detect Use of New and Emerging Drugs. Active
Principal Investigator, Drug Use Among Nightclub and Dance Festival Attendees in New York City. Active
Principal Investigator, Pilot Study Examining the Sexual Effects of Cannabis Use. Completed
Principal Investigator, Use of Psychoactive Drugs and Sexual Risk Behavior among Nightclub and Festival Attendees. Completed


Palamar JJ, Le A, Mateu-Gelabert P (2019).
Perceived risk of heroin in relation to other drug use in a representative US sample
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 51 (5), 463-472. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2019.1632506. PMCID: PMC6823136.

Ompad DC, Gershon RR, Sandh S, Acosta P, Palamar JJ (2019).
Construction trade and extraction workers: A population at high risk for drug use in the United States, 2005-2014
Drug and Alcohol Dependence [Epub 2019 Oct 30]. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107640.

Palamar JJ, Acosta P, Sutherland R, Shedlin MG, Barratt MJ (2019).
Adulterants and altruism: A qualitative investigation of “drug checkers” in North America
International Journal of Drug Policy, 74, 160-169. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.09.017.

Han BH, Moore AA, Ferris R, Palamar JJ (2019).
Binge drinking among older adults in the United States, 2015 to 2017
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67 (10), 2139-2144. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16071.

Griffin M, Callander D, Duncan DT, Palamar JJ (2019).
Differential risk for drug use by sexual minority status among electronic dance music party attendees in New York City
Substance Use and Misuse [Epub 2019 Sep 17]. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1662811.

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