Sherry Deren
Sherry Deren, PhD
CDUHR Founding Director Emeritus
NYU School of Global Public Health - Visiting Research Professor
PhD, Social Psychology, Columbia University
MPhil, Social Psychology, Columbia University
MA, Experimental/General Psychology, Hofstra University
BA, Psychology, Brooklyn College
Research Interests
HIV and Aging, IDUs, Outreach interventions, Interdisciplinary research, Research dissemination and implementation
Sherry Deren is Founding Director Emeritus of the NIDA-funded P30 Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR). Dr. Deren is a social psychologist, and has been Principal Investigator for many NIDA-funded research projects related to drug use and HIV. Her recent research interests have included multi-disciplinary studies on the impact of drug injection on immune activation, and multi-level influences on HIV risk behaviors among Puerto Rican drug users in Puerto Rico and NYC. Dr. Deren is a co-founder and steering committee member of the New York HIV Research Centers Consortium, comprised of over 25 HIV Research Centers in the New York tri-State area, and serves on the scientific advisory boards of several HIV-related research centers. She has served on numerous NIH research review committees, and is an author of over 150 articles related to HIV/AIDS among high-risk substance users.
Principal Investigator, Correlates and Consequences of Increased Immune Activation in HIV+ and – IDUs. Completed
Principal Investigator, Drug Abuse Research on GALT and HIV Pathogenesis. Completed
Principal Investigator, Expanded Syringe Access Program: NY Evaluation (ESAP). Completed
Principal Investigator, Intervention for Migrant Puerto Rican Drug Users (Bienvenidos Project). Completed
Principal Investigator, Puerto Rican Drug Users in NY & PR: HIV Risk Behavior Determinants (ARIBBA I & II). Completed


Gelpi-Acosta C, Guarino H, Benoit E, Deren S, Rodriguez A (2021).
Toward community empowerment: The Puerto Rican ganchero
Contemporary Drug Problems, 48 (1), 38-57. doi: 10.1177/0091450920964576.

Gelpi-Acosta C, Guarino H, Benoit E, Deren S, Pouget ER, Rodriguez A (2019).
Injection risk norms and practices among migrant Puerto Rican people who inject drugs in New York City: The limits of acculturation theory
International Journal of Drug Policy, 69, 60-69. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.03.016. PMCID: PMC6588447.

Deren S, Cortes T, Dickson VV, Guilamo-Ramos V, Han BH, Karpiak S, Naegle M, Ompad DC, Wu B (2019).
Substance use among older people living with HIV: Challenges for health care providers
Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 94. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00094. PMCID: PMC6491638.

Deren S, Naegle M, Hagan H, Ompad DC (2017).
Continuing links between substance use and HIV highlight the importance of nursing roles
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28 (4), 622-632. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.03.005. PMCID: PMC5485853.

Deren S, Cleland CM, Lee H, Mehandru S, Markowitz M (2017).
The relationship between injection drug use risk behaviors and markers of immune activation
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 75 (1), e8-e12. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001270. PMCID: PMC5388567.


Deren S, Gelpi-Acosta C, Albizu-Garcia CE, Gonzalez A, Des Jarlais DC, Santiago-Negron S (2014).
Addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: The need for a multiregion approach
American Journal of Public Health, 104 (11), 2030-2036. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302114. PMCID: PMC4192034.

Deren S, Shedlin M, Kang SY, Cortes DE (2011).
HIV risk and prevention among Hispanic immigrants in New York: The salience of diversity
Substance Use and Misuse, 46 (2-3), 254-263. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.523215.

Deren S, Cleland CM, Fuller C, Kang SY, Des Jarlais DC, Vlahov D (2006).
The impact of syringe deregulation on sources of syringes for injection drug users: Preliminary findings
AIDS and Behavior, 10 (6), 717-721. doi: 10.1007/s10461-006-9096-4.

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