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


Yang KH, Han BH, Moore AA, Palamar JJ (2022).
Trends in major depressive episodes and mental health treatment among older adults in the United States, 2010-2019
Journal of Affective Disorders, 318, 299-303. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.09.007.

Le A, Wasserman A, Palamar JJ (2022).
Risky party and nightclub attendance during the COVID-19 nightlife shutdown in New York City
Journal of Urban Health, 99 (5), 900-908. doi: 10.1007/s11524-022-00657-z.

Palamar JJ, Cottler LB, Goldberger BA, Severtson SG, Grundy DJ, Iwanicki JL, Ciccarone D (2022).
Trends in characteristics of fentanyl-related poisonings in the United States, 2015-2021
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 48 (4), 471-480. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2022.2081923. PMCID: PMC9452457.

Yang KH, Han BH, Palamar JJ (2022).
Past-year hallucinogen use in relation to psychological distress, depression, and suicidality among US adults
Addictive Behaviors, 132, 107343. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107343. PMCID: PMC9177770.

Reid BE, Palamar JJ (2022).
Unmet need in relation to mental healthcare and past-month drug use among people with mental illness in the United States
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 54 (3), 241-249. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2021.1962577. PMCID: PMC8911933.

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