Suzan Walters
Suzan M. Walters, PhD
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California - Postdoctoral Fellow, Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse
PhD, Sociology, Stony Brook University
MA, Sociology, St. John’s University
BA, Philosphy, University of California, Riverside
Research Interests
Medical sociology, Social determinants of health, Substance use, Gender, Sexualities, HIV/AIDS, Social networks
Suzan Walters is a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in the Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research program. Her research focuses on how social networks, substance use, gender, sexualities, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic class impact health outcomes, specifically related to HIV prevention. Dr. Walters has worked as an ethnographer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, a program director for the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, and a research fellow for AIDS Foundation Chicago. Her research has been supported by the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women and Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Sociology AIDS Network, and Stony Brook University.
Principal Investigator, Feasibility of PrEP for Persons Who Inject Drugs. Active


Jenkins WD, Bolinski R, Bresett J, Van Ham B, Fletcher S, Walters S, Friedman SR, Ezell JM, Pho M, Schneider J, Ouellet L (2020).
COVID-19 during the opioid epidemic – exacerbation of stigma and vulnerabilities
Journal of Rural Health [Epub 2020 Apr 11]. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12442.

Walters SM, Coston B, Neaigus A, Rivera AV, Starbuck L, Ramirez V, Reilly KH, Braunstein SL (2020).
The role of syringe exchange programs and sexual identity in awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for male persons who inject drugs
International Journal of Drug Policy, 77, 102671. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102671.

Walters SM, Braksmajer A, Coston B, Yoon I, Grov C, Downing MJ, Teran R, Hirshfield S (2020).
A syndemic model of exchange sex among HIV-positive men who have sex with men
Archives of Sexual Behavior [Epub 2020 Jan 21]. doi: 10.1007/s10508-020-01628-8.

Braksmajer A, Walters SM, Crean HF, Stephenson R, McMahon JM (2020).
Pre-exposure prophylaxis use among men who have sex with men experiencing partner violence
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2020 Jan 18]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02789-2.

Teran RA, Carrico AW, Horvath KJ, Downing MJ, Chiasson MA, Walters SM, Hirshfield S (2020).
Stimulant use and study protocol completion: Assessing the ability of men who have sex with men to collect dried blood spots for laboratory measurement of HIV viral load
Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49 (1), 195-209. doi: 10.1007/s10508-019-01515-x. PMCID: PMC7018572.

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