Barbara Tempalski, PhD, MPH
Independent Investigator; Formerly National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
PhD, Health Geography, University of Washington
MPH, Community Health Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York
MA, Geography/GIS, Hunter College of the City University of New York
BA, Environmental Geology, Northeastern University
Research Interests
Infectious disease, Political ecology of health & disease, Health & place, Health policy
Barbara Tempalski’s research focuses on the nexus of health, social, and political geographies in measuring the geographic distribution of services, response and prevention of HIV among injection drug users. Her current research investigates injection drug use-related HIV, including developing and modeling estimates of injection drug users and HIV prevalence rates among injection drug users in US metropolitan areas overtime, and measuring the need for syringe exchange service provision and availability of drug treatment services to this highly stigmatized and largely hidden population. Dr. Tempalski served as a consultant for USAID evaluating the utility of GPS and GIS as a tool for integrating schistosomiasis control in Egypt. She also worked for UNICEF examining the utility of a GIS in evaluating Dracunculiasis eradication policies in West Africa. She has conducted reproductive health research in Nepal focusing on use of condoms and HIV knowledge among Nepalese women, and how physical landscape bears on this knowledge. Dr. Tempalski has published 50 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of PWID service provision and coverage, predictors of services, estimates of PWID and HIV prevalence estimates among PWID, and place-based factors associated with low service coverage, place and HIV risk, and NIMBYism and syringe exchange services.
Principal Investigator, Developing a Public Health Measure of Built Environment to Assess Risk of Nonmedical Opioid Use and Related Mortality in Urban and Non-Urban Areas in New Jersey. Active


Wise A, Kianian B, Chang H, Linton S, Wolfe ME, Smith J, Tempalski B, Des Jarlais D, Ross Z, Semaan S, Wejnert C, Broz D, Cooper H (2021).
Place-based correlates of exchange sex among people who inject drugs in 19 U.S. metropolitan areas, 2012
Archives of Sexual Behavior [Epub 2021 Apr 1]. doi: 10.1007/s10508-020-01883-9.

Ibragimov U, Beane S, Friedman SR, Tempalski B, Williams LD, McKetta S, Adimora AA, Wingood GM, Stall RD, Hall HI, Johnson AS, Cooper HLF (2021).
Evidence for HIV transmission across key populations: A longitudinal analysis of HIV and AIDS rates among Black people who inject drugs and Black heterosexuals in 84 large US metropolitan areas, 2008-2016
Annals of Epidemiology, 55, 69-77. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.10.003.

Williams LD, Stall R, Tempalski B, Jefferson K, Smith J, Ibragimov U, Hall HI, Satcher Johnson A, Wang G, Purcell DW, Cooper HLF, Friedman SR (2021).
Trajectories of and disparities in HIV prevalence among Black, white, and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men in 86 large U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, 1992-2013
Annals of Epidemiology, 54, 52-63. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.09.004. PMCID: PMC7932556.

Hatzenbuehler ML, McKetta S, Goldberg N, Sheldon A, Friedman SR, Cooper HL, Beane S, Williams LD, Tempalski B, Smith JC, Ibragimov U, Mermin J, Stall R (2020).
Trends in state policy support for sexual minorities and HIV-related outcomes among men who have sex with men in the United States, 2008-2014
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 85 (1), 39-45. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002395. PMCID: PMC7429252.

Ibragimov U, Beane S, Friedman SR, Smith JC, Tempalski B, Williams L, Adimora AA, Wingood GM, McKetta S, Stall RD, Cooper HL (2020).
Police killings of Black people and rates of sexually transmitted infections: A cross-sectional analysis of 75 large US metropolitan areas, 2016
Sexually Transmitted Infections, 96 (6), 429-431. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2019-054026. PMCID: PMC7377537.


Cooper HL, Tempalski B (2014).
Integrating place into research on drug use, drug users’ health, and drug policy
International Journal of Drug Policy, 25 (3), 503-507. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.03.004. PMCID: PMC4135510.

Tempalski B, Pouget ER, Cleland CM, Brady JE, Cooper HLF, Hall HI, Lansky A, West BS, Friedman SR (2013).
Trends in the population prevalence of people who inject drugs in US metropolitan areas 1992-2007
PLoS One, 8 (6), e64789. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064789. PMCID: PMC3673953.

Tempalski B, McQuie H (2009).
Drugscapes and the role of place and space in injection drug use-related HIV risk environments
International Journal of Drug Policy, 20 (1), 4-13. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2008.02.002. PMCID: PMC3615636.

Dr. Tempalski's ResearchGate Profile