Don C. Des Jarlais, PhD

Director of Research, Mount Sinai Health System, Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute


Don Des Jarlais, PhD has been conducting HIV/AIDS research among persons who inject drugs (PWID) for over 30 years. He is PI of the “Risk Factors” study (R01DA003574), which was instrumental in tracking the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. This study has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1983 and is the longest continuously funded study on HIV/AIDS in persons who use drugs. He has conducted HIV/AIDS research nationally (Seattle, CDC CIDUS studies, national syringe exchange survey) and internationally (in over 20 different countries). He has served as a consultant on these issues to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of the Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Rice University
BA - Behavioral Science

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PhD - Social Psychology