Pedro Mateu-Gelabert

Research Associate Professor

Ph.D. Sociology
New York University

BA, Sociology
Universidad Complutense, Madrid

Dr. Mateu-Gelabert is a sociologist with over 20 years of research experience in New York City and internationally. His numerous research publications span the epidemiology of drug use, urban studies, immigration, social networks, and HIV/Hepatitis C prevention. Dr. Mateu-Gelabert, a national expert on opioid use among youth, has collaborated with various interdisciplinary research teams and has worked on international projects in multiple countries including Colombia (Emerging heroin markets leading to HIV epidemics among young injectors), Spain (HCV prevention among injection drug users) and Ukraine (HIV treatment access and care cascade for people who inject drugs). Dr. Mateu-Gelabert is Principal Investigator of two ongoing NIDA funded research projects titled: Accessible Care Intervention for Engaging People Who Inject Illicit Drugs (PWID) in Hepatitis C Care; HIV, HCV and STI Risk Associated with Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids; and Staying Safe Intervention: Preventing HCV Among Youth Opioid Injectors.

Dr. Mateu-Gelabert’s implementation science efforts focus on preventing and treating viral epidemics among people who use drugs with a combination of early testing, harm reduction, opioid substitution therapy and early HIV/HCV treatment in community based settings.

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Recent Publications: 

Palamar JJ, Le A, Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P. A comparison of the utility of urine- and hair testing in detecting self-reported drug use among young adult opioid users. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 May 22;200:161-167. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.04.008. [Epub ahead of print]

Katzman C, Mateu-Gelabert P, Kapadia SN, Eckhardt BJ. Contact tracing for hepatitis C: The case for novel screening strategies as we strive for viral elimination. Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Apr 19. pii: S0955-3959(19)30097-0. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.04.003. [Epub ahead of print]

Meylakhs P, Friedman SR, Meylakhs A, Mateu-Gelabert P, Ompad DC, Alieva A, Dmitrieva A. A New Generation of Drug Users in St. Petersburg, Russia? HIV, HCV, and Overdose Risks in a Mixed-Methods Pilot Study of Young Hard Drug Users. AIDS Behav. 2019 Apr 11. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02489-6. [Epub ahead of print]

Palamar JJ, Le A, Mateu-Gelabert P. Perceived Risk of Heroin in Relation to Other Drug Use in a Representative US Sample. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2019 Jun 22:1-10. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2019.1632506. [Epub ahead of print]

Palamar JJ, Le A, Mateu-Gelabert P. Not just heroin: Extensive polysubstance use among US high school seniors who currently use heroin. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Jul 1;188:377-384. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.05.001. Epub 2018 Jun 4.