Dustin T. Duncan

Dustin T. Duncan

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health


Dustin T. Duncan, ScD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, where he directs NYU’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab. At NYU, he is also a Faculty Affiliate at NYU Abu Dhabi, 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. Dr. Duncan is a Social and Spatial Epidemiologist, studying how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities. His research has a strong domestic (U.S.) focus, especially in New York City, but recent work is beginning to span across the globe (including studies in Paris, London, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi). Dr. Duncan's research and that of the field of spatial epidemiology is summarized in my forthcoming co-edited book Neighborhoods and Health (2nd edition) with Dr. Ichiro Kawachi (Oxford University Press, in progress: publication date of Spring 2018). Methodologically, his research utilizes a geospatial lens to apply spatially explicit approaches such as computer-based geographic information systems (GIS), web-based geospatial technologies, real-time geospatial technologies, and geospatial modeling techniques. For instance, his work applies emerging geospatial technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smartphones to, in part, examine mobility and social networks in neighborhoods. Dr. Duncan’s research appears in leading public health, medical, geography, criminology, and demography journals. He has over 80 publications and book chapters, and his research has appeared in major media outlets including the US News and World Report, The Washington Post and The New York Times. His work also extends out of the research world and into classrooms through invited talks, multiple guest lectures across institutions, and his courses including “Connecting Neighborhoods and Health: An Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology”—offered at NYU Abu Dhabi, and “Assessing Neighborhoods in Epidemiology”—offered at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute. Dr. Duncan’s recent work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Aetna Foundation and HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). He is an Associate Editor of Behavioral Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of Spatial Demography, Geospatial Health, and the American Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. Duncan completed both his doctorate and the Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship, both in Social Epidemiology, at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



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Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health


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 22; ?-?

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; ?-?

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

Epidemiology. 2017 Jul 31; ?-?

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; ?-?

Johnson, Krystina; Politis, Maria D; Hansen, Andrew R; McKenzie, Lindsey E; Duncan, Dustin T; Zhang, Jian

Pain. 2017 Apr; 158(4):740-746

Study Links Neighborhood Noise to Positive Health Effects