Dustin T. Duncan

Dustin T. Duncan

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine, where I direct the Spatial Epidemiology Lab. I am also a faculty affiliate at several NYU entities: the Abu Dhabi campus; the College of Global Public Health ; the Population Center ; the Center for Data Science ; the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies ; and the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research .

I am a social and spatial epidemiologist studying how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities. My research has a strong domestic focus—especially in New York City—but my recent work spans the globe, including studies in Paris, London, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi.

Methodologically, my research utilizes a geospatial lens to apply, for example, computer-based geographic information systems (GIS), web-based and real-time geospatial technologies, and geospatial modeling techniques. For instance, I apply Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smartphones to examine mobility and social networks in neighborhoods.

My work appears in leading public health, medical, geography, criminology, and demography journals. I have over 85 publications and book chapters, and my research has appeared in major media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

My work also extends out of the research world and into classrooms through guest lectures across institutions and courses including Connecting Neighborhoods and Health: An Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology, offered at NYU Abu Dhabi, and Assessing Neighborhoods in Epidemiology, offered at the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute of Columbia University.

My recent work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Verizon Foundation, the Aetna Foundation, and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). I serve as an associate editor of Behavioral Medicine, and I am on the editorial boards of Spatial Demography, Geospatial Health, and the American Journal of Health Promotion.

I completed both my doctorate and the Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship in social epidemiology at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. My research, and that of the field of spatial epidemiology, is summarized in the second edition of Neighborhoods and Health, which I co-edited with Dr. Ichiro Kawachi (forthcoming from Oxford University Press, spring 2018).



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Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health


Park, Su Hyun; Duncan, Dustin T; El Shahawy, Omar; Shearston, Jenni A; Lee, Lily; Tamura, Kosuke; Sherman, Scott E; Weitzman, Michael

Nicotine & tobacco research. 2017 Nov 1; 19(11):1365-1374

Chaix, Basile; Duncan, Dustin; Vallee, Julie; Vernez-Moudon, Anne; Benmarhnia, Tarik; Kestens, Yan

Epidemiology. 2017 Nov; 28(6):789-797

Park, Su Hyun; Duncan, Dustin T; Shahawy, Omar El; Lee, Lily; Shearston, Jenni A; Tamura, Kosuke; Sherman, Scott E; Weitzman, Michael

American journal of preventive medicine. 2017 Aug 29; 53(5):652-660

Hambrick, H Rhodes; Park, Su Hyun; Goedel, William C; Morganstein, Jace G; Kreski, Noah T; Mgbako, Ofole; Duncan, Dustin T

AIDS & behavior. 2017 Aug 1; ?-?

Duncan, Dustin T; Hansen, Andrew R; Woo Baidal, Jennifer; Lyn, Rodney; Hill, Ashley; Zhang, Jian

Obesity research & clinical practice. 2017 Jul -; 11(4):398-405

Duncan, Dustin T; Park, Su Hyun; Goedel, William C; Kreski, Noah T; Morganstein, Jace G; Hambrick, H Rhodes; Jean-Louis, Girardin; Chaix, Basile

Journal of urban health. 2017 Jun; 94(3):399-407

Goedel, William C; Schneider, John A; Hagen, Daniel; Duncan, Dustin T

Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. 2017 May/Jun; 16(3):233-238

Tamura, Kosuke; Elbel, Brian; Chaix, Basile; Regan, Seann D; Al-Ajlouni, Yazan A; Athens, Jessica K; Meline, Julie; Duncan, Dustin T

Journal of community health. 2017 Apr 6; ?-?

Study Links Neighborhood Noise to Positive Health Effects