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Wilson R. Palacios

  • Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Research interests

    Qualitative Research Methods & Analysis Adult (Hidden) Populations Social Epidemiology of Drug Use/Abuse


    Wilson R. Palacios, Ph.D., is a sociologist whose research agenda consists of the following three substantive areas: (1) social epidemiology of drug use/abuse, (2) contemporary suburban/urban drug subcultures, (3) social organization of risk behavior(s), and (4) Social Action Theory. As a qualitatively oriented researcher, Dr. Palacios’s ongoing work is directed towards developing empirically grounded (mixed methods) epidemiological models which illuminate and enhance our understanding of the interrelationship between the environment, the individual, and illicit drug markets.

    Professional experience

    Associate Professor

    University of Massachusetts - Lowell

    January 2015 - Present

    Visiting Associate Research Scientist

    Yale University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) – School of Public Health

    July 2009 - Present

    Associate Professor

    University of South Florida

    August 1996 - December 2014(18 years)


    Ph.D. - Sociology

    University of Miami

    May 1993 - December 1996(4 years)

    M.A. - Sociology

    University of Miami

    August 1991 - May 1993(2 years)

    B.A. - Criminal Justice

    University of Miami

    August 1987 - May 1991(4 years)