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Dustin T. Duncan

Dustin T. Duncan, ScD

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health


I am an associate professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine, where I direct NYU's Spatial Epidemiology Lab. I am also a faculty affiliate at several NYU entities: the College of Global Public Health; the Population Center; the Center for Data Science; the Center for Urban Science and Progress; and the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research.

I am an internationally recognized social and spatial epidemiologist studying how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities, among sexual and gender minorities, especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women from an intersectional perspective. My research has a strong domestic focus—especially in New York City—but my recent work spans the globe, including studies in Paris, London, and Abu Dhabi. Forthcoming collaborative projects are in east Africa.

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 spatial mobility and social networks in and across neighborhoods.

My work appears in leading public health, medical, geography, criminology, demography, and psychology journals. I have over 150 publications and book chapters, and my research has appeared in major media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, the New York Times and CNN.

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 currently lead two NIH-funded R01 studies, as well as studies funded by other sources, and sponsors and mentor K and other awards of junior scientists. I am on the editorial boards of Geospatial Health, the Journal of Urban Health and the ​International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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 revamped second edition of Neighborhoods and Health, which I co-edited with Ichiro Kawachi (Oxford University Press, 2018). My forthcoming co-edited book The Social Epidemiology of Sleep with Ichiro Kawachi and Susan Redline focuses on social factors, such as neighborhoods and sexual/gender minorities, as they relate to sleep health (forthcoming from Oxford University Press, 2019).



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New York, NY 10016

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Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

ScD from Harvard University

Fellowship, Harvard University, Public Health

Balcetis, Emily; Riccio, Matthew T; Duncan, Dustin T; Cole, Shana

Personality & social psychology bulletin. 2019 Jul 19; 146167219861438

Kim, Byoungjun; Callander, Denton; DiClemente, Ralph; Trinh-Shevrin, Chau; Thorpe, Lorna E; Duncan, Dustin T

AIDS & behavior. 2019 Jul 18;

Dubin, Samuel; Goedel, William C; Park, Su Hyun; Hambrick, H Rhodes; Schneider, John A; Duncan, Dustin T

AIDS & behavior. 2019 Jul; 23(7):1771-1779

Mgbako, Ofole; Park, Su H; Callander, Denton; Brinker, Dustin A; Kuhner, Christopher; Carrico, Adam W; Rendina, H Jonathon; Duncan, Dustin T

International journal of STD & AIDS. 2019 Jul; 30(8):795-801

Duncan, Dustin T; Hickson, DeMarc A; Goedel, William C; Callander, Denton; Brooks, Brandon; Chen, Yen-Tyng; Hanson, Hillary; Eavou, Rebecca; Khanna, Aditya S; Chaix, Basile; Regan, Seann D; Wheeler, Darrell P; Mayer, Kenneth H; Safren, Steven A; Carr Melvin, Sandra; Draper, Cordarian; Magee-Jackson, Veronica; Brewer, Russell; Schneider, John A

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2019 May 30; 16(11):

Chen, Yen-Tyng; Kolak, Marynia; Duncan, Dustin T; Schumm, Phil; Michaels, Stuart; Fujimoto, Kayo; Schneider, John A

Sexually transmitted infections. 2019 May; 95(3):228-235

Callander, Denton; Park, Su Hyun; Schneider, John A; Khan, Maria R; Kreski, Noah T; Hambrick, H Rhodes; Goedel, William C; Duncan, Dustin T

Sexual health. 2019 Apr; 16(2):192-194

Callander, Denton; Park, Su Hyun; Al-Ajlouni, Yazan A; Schneider, John A; Khan, Maria R; Safren, Steven A; Duncan, Dustin T

AIDS education & prevention. 2019 Apr; 31(2):127-135