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Suzan M. Walters

Suzan M. Walters, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health


Dr. Suzan Walters’ research focuses on the social and structural determinants of health among populations who use drugs. Her current K01 grant focuses on how intersectional stigma experiences affect access and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention among people who inject drugs in California and Colorado.

Her work is applied and aims to inform HIV prevention, overdose, and stigma reduction interventions. Dr. Walters is faculty in the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy and an Investigator at the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research. She also hold positions as a Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of San Francisco, a Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Scholar at Brown University, and a Mosaic Economic Project Fellow. Dr. Walters 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 work 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.


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PhD from State University of New York at Stony Brook

Stopka, T J; Estadt, A T; Leichtling, G; Schleicher, J C; Mixson, L S; Bresett, J; Romo, E; Dowd, P; Walters, S M; Young, A M; Zule, W; Friedmann, P D; Go, V F; Baker, R; Fredericksen, R J

Social science & medicine (1982). 2024 Apr; 346:116660

Jenkins, Wiley D; Miller, Kyle W; Tillewein, Heather; Walters, Suzan; Weatherly, Taryn; Wickham, Hannah; Luckey, Georgia; Fenner, Emma

American journal of health promotion : AJHP. 2024 Mar 27; 8901171241240814

Rains, Alex; Sibley, Adams L; Levander, Ximena A; Walters, Suzan M; Nolte, Kerry; Colston, David C; Piscalko, Hannah M; Go, Vivian F; Friedmann, Peter D; Seal, David W

International journal on drug policy. 2023 Dec; 122:104237

Frank, David; Elliott, Luther; Cleland, Charles M; Walters, Suzan M; Joudrey, Paul J; Russell, Danielle M; Meyerson, Beth E; Bennett, Alex S

Harm reduction journal. 2023 Oct 27; 20(1):158

Jenkins, Wiley D; Friedman, Samuel R; Hurt, Christopher B; Korthuis, P Todd; Feinberg, Judith; Del Toro-Mejias, Lizbeth M; Walters, Suzan; Seal, David W; Fredericksen, Rob J; Westergaard, Ryan; Miller, William C; Go, Vivian F; Schneider, John; Giurcanu, Mihai

JAMA network open. 2023 Aug 01; 6(8):e2330225

Sibley, Adams L; Baker, Robin; Levander, Ximena A; Rains, Alex; Walters, Suzan M; Nolte, Kerry; Colston, David C; Piscalko, Hannah M; Schalkoff, Christine A; Bianchet, Elyse; Chen, Samuel; Dowd, Patrick; Jaeb, Michael; Friedmann, Peter D; Fredericksen, Rob J; Seal, David W; Go, Vivian F

International journal on drug policy. 2023 Apr; 114:103999

Walters, Suzan M; Liu, Weiwei; Lamuda, Phoebe; Huh, Jimi; Brewer, Russell; Johnson, O'Dell; Bluthenthal, Ricky N; Taylor, Bruce; Schneider, John A

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2023 Mar 02; 20(5):

Walters, Suzan M; Felsher, Marisa; Frank, David; Jaiswal, Jessica; Townsend, Tarlise; Muncan, Brandon; Bennett, Alex S; Friedman, Samuel R; Jenkins, Wiley; Pho, Mai T; Fletcher, Scott; Ompad, Danielle C

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2023 Jan 16; 20(2):