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, Pilot Study to Collect Saliva and Follow-up Survey Response Rates among EDM Party Attendees. 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, Use of Psychoactive Drugs and Sexual Risk Behavior among Nightclub and Festival Attendees. Completed


Levy NS, Palamar JJ, Mooney SJ, Cleland CM, Keyes KM (2022).
What is the prevalence of drug use in the general population? Simulating underreported and unknown use for more accurate national estimates
Annals of Epidemiology [Epub 2022 Jan 3]. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2021.12.013.

Palamar JJ (2022).
Kratom use is underestimated, but prevalence still appears to be low
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 62 (1), 133-134. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2021.07.021. PMCID: PMC8697708.

Al-Rousan T, Moore AA, Han BH, Ko R, Palamar JJ (2021).
Trends in binge drinking prevalence among older U.S. men and women, 2015 to 2019
Journal of the American Geriatric Society [Epub 2021 Dec 8]. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17573.

Barenholtz E, Krotulski AJ, Morris P, Fitzgerald ND, Le A, Papsun DM, Logan BK, Hahn WE, Goldberger BA, Cottler LB, Palamar JJ (2021).
Online surveillance of novel psychoactive substances (NPS): Monitoring Reddit discussions as a predictor of increased NPS-related exposures
International Journal of Drug Policy, 98, 103393. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103393. PMCID: PMC8671170.

Palamar JJ (2021).
When accurate drug terminology reduces reporting and readership: The need for a happy medium regarding “synthetic cannabis” terminology
International Journal of Drug Policy, 98, 103432. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103432.

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