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:

Walters, S. M., Frank, D., Van Ham, B., Jaiswal, J., Muncan, B., Earnshaw, V., Schneider, J., Friedman, S. R., & Ompad, D. C. (2022). PrEP Care Continuum Engagement Among Persons Who Inject Drugs: Rural and Urban Differences in Stigma and Social Infrastructure. AIDS and behavior, 26(4), 1308–1320. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-021-03488-2. PMID: 34626265; PMCID: PMC8501360.

      Ompad D. C. (2020). A call for a systems science approach to understanding drug use in urban environments. The Lancet. Global health, 8(1), e10–e11. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30493-0. PMID: 31839125.

      Ompad, D. C., Gershon, R. R., Sandh, S., Acosta, P., & Palamar, J. J. (2019). Construction trade and extraction workers: A population at high risk for drug use in the United States, 2005-2014. Drug and alcohol dependence, 205, 107640. PMID: 31685308; PMCID: PMC6910220.