Joseph Palamar, PhD, MPH is a research scientist whose research interests include predictors of risk behavior such as illicit drug use and unsafe sex. His most recent research investigates how psychosocial and attitudinal factors such as stigma and religiosity predict illicit drug use. He also examines how sociodemographic and neighborhood poverty factors predict conduct problems and educational achievement in urban children. Dr. Palamar earned his BA in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and earned his master’s degrees (in Educational Psychology and Public Health) and doctorate degree in Public Health from the Steinhardt School, New York University (NYU). Dr. Palamar is a research faculty member of the NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health. In addition to his research, Dr. Palamar teaches statistics at the NYU College of Nursing.