Suzan Walters
Suzan M. Walters, PhD
NYU School of Global Public Health - Research Assistant Professor
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 Research Assistant Professor in the School of Global Public Health and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research at New York University (NYU).  She has completed two postdoctoral fellowships focused on interdisciplinary drug use research: the Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research program at NYU and the Interdisciplinary Research and Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Use at the University of Southern California. Her mixed-methods research focuses on the social determinants of health among drug using populations.  In particular she focuses on awareness, knowledge and access to biomedical interventions as part of larger social processes of exclusion.  She 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 National Institutes for Health, 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
Principal Investigator, Intersectional Stigma Experiences, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and Other Service Use Among People Who Inject Drugs. Active


Friedman SR, Williams LD, Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P, Krawczyk N, Hamilton L, Walters SM, Ezell JM, Khan M, Di Iorio J, Yang LH, Earnshaw VA (2022).
The stigma system: How sociopolitical domination, scapegoating, and stigma shape public health
Journal of Community Psychology, 50 (1), 385-408. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22581. PMCID: PMC8664901.

Walters SM, Platt J, Anakaraonye A, Golub SA, Cunningham CO, Norton BL, Sevelius JM, Blackstock OJ (2021).
Considerations for the design of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) interventions for women: Lessons learned from the implementation of a novel PrEP intervention
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (12), 3987-3999. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03353-2. PMCID: PMC8210500.

Walters SM, Frank D, Van Ham B, Jaiswal J, Muncan B, Earnshaw V, Schneider J, Friedman SR, Ompad DC (2021).
PrEP care continuum engagement among persons who inject drugs: Rural and urban differences in stigma and social infrastructure
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2021 Oct 9]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03488-2. PMCID: PMCID: PMC8501360..

Jaiswal J, Dunlap K, Griffin M, Cox A, Singer SN, Hascher K, LoSchiavo C, Walters SM, Mumba M (2021).
Pre-exposure prophylaxis awareness, acceptability and potential stigma among medical and non-medical clinic staff in methadone treatment settings in northern New Jersey: The key role of non-medical staff in enhancing HIV prevention
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 129, 108371. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108371. PMCID: PMC8496743.

Frank D, Mateu-Gelabert P, Perlman DC, Walters SM, Curran L, Guarino H (2021).
“It’s like ‘liquid handcuffs”: The effects of take-home dosing policies on Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) patients’ lives
Harm Reduction Journal, 18 (1), 88. doi: 10.1186/s12954-021-00535-y. PMCID: PMC8364307.

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