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New York University
Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Nutrition
Food Studies and Public Health, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)
726 Broadway, Suite 525
New York, NY 10003
United States of America

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Research Scientists

Member Since: 2010


Danielle Ompad, Ph.D.

Danielle Ompad, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
M.H.S.Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
B.S.Bowie State University

About Me

Dr Ompad completed a B.S. in Biology at Bowie State University, one of the oldest Historically Black Colleges/Universities in the U.S. She then completed an M.H.S. and Ph.D. in infectious disease epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr. Ompad has extensive experience in design, conduct and analysis of community-based studies focusing on illicit substance use, risky sexual behavior, and access to vaccines in urban populations. She has worked on several prospective and cross-sectional studies illicit drug users in Baltimore and New York City. This work has focused on the intersection of substance use and risk for infectious diseases. Dr. Ompad is particularly interested in the natural history of illicit drug use (particularly emerging drug trends and correlates of successful long term heroin cessation), risk behaviors among vulnerable subgroups and the role of urban neighborhoods in influencing drug use and risky drug use and sexual behaviors. These efforts have led to a publication record of 60 peer-reviewed articles and four book chapters to date.

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Recent Publications

Vlahov D, Wang C, Ompad D, Fuller CM, Caceres W, Ouellet L, Kerndt P, Des Jarlais DC, Garfein RS. (2008) Mortality risk among recent-onset injection drug users in five U.S. cities. Subst Use Misuse.43(3):413-28.

Momper SL, Nandi V, Ompad DC, Delva J, Galea S. (2009) The Prevalence and Types of Gambling Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants in New York City. J Gambl Stud. Mar;25(1):49-65.

Standish K, Nandi V, Ompad DC, Momper S, Galea S.(2008) Household Density among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants in New York City. J Immigr Minor Health. Aug 15.

Ompad DC, Fuller CM, Chan CA, Frye V, Vlahov D, Galea S.(2008) Prevalence and correlates of illicit methadone use in a large urban area: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health.Oct 28;8(1):375.

Hutchins SS, Fiscella K, Levine RS, Ompad DC, McDonald M (2009) and Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations Subgroup. Protection of racial/ethnic minority populations during an influenza pandemic. Am J Public Health. Oct;99 Suppl 2:S261-70.