Faculty Mentors

Danielle Ompad, PhD, MHS

Clinical Associate Professor, College of Global Public Health &
Deputy Director of the NYU College of Nursing’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research

New York University

Dr. Danielle C. Ompad is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s College of Global Public Health as well as the Deputy Director of the NYU College of Nursing’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research and a faculty affiliate of NYU’s Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies. She is also a Co-Director of CDUHR’s Dissemination and Implementation Core. She is an epidemiologist whose work is focused in the areas of urban health, HIV, illicit drug use, and adult access to vaccines. With respect to illicit drug use, her work has spanned the entire natural history of addiction, from initiation to cessation, with particular attention to risk for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and STIs. She has primarily worked with people who use heroin, crack, cocaine, and/or club drugs. Most recently, she has been examining heroin cessation among current, former, and relapsed heroin users in NYC and harm reduction service utilization among people who inject drugs in Ukraine. A recent NIAID-funded study aims to determine if herpes simplex 1 and 2 infections explain racial disparities in HIV incidence among young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

Selected Publications:
Ompad, D. C., Benjamin, E. O., Weiss, L., Palamar, J. J., Galea, S., Wang, J., & Vlahov, D. (2015). The CHANGE Study: Methods and Sample Description for a Cross-Sectional Study of Heroin Cessation in New York City. Journal of Urban Health92(5), 955-965.

Ompad, D. C., Giobazolia, T. T., Barton, S. C., Halkitis, S. N., Boone, C. A., Halkitis, P. N., … & Urbina, A. (2016). Drug use among HIV+ adults aged 50 and older: findings from the GOLD II study. AIDS Care, 1-5.

Ompad, D. C., Kapadia, F., Bates, F. C., Blachman-Forshay, J., & Halkitis, P. N. (2015). Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Association between Arrest and Unprotected Anal Sex among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men: The P18 Cohort Study. Journal of Urban Health92(4), 717-732.