Dustin Duncan

Dustin Duncan

Dustin Duncan

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Social and Spatial Epidemiology Unit


722 West 168th Street, Room 715
New York NY USA 10032
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Dustin T. Duncan, ScD (he/they) is a social and spatial epidemiologist, studying how neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities. Dr. Duncan's intersectional research focuses on Black gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men (SMM) and transgender women of color. His research has a strong domestic focus--including in New York City, Chicago and the Deep South (e.g., New Orleans)--and his recent work spans the globe such as in West Africa, especially with Columbia's International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP). In addition to HIV epidemiology and sleep epidemiology, his current interests include characterizing the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States and globally, especially among marginalized populations. Notably, his group completed the N2 COVID Study, where they surveyed 226 Black SMM and Black transgender women in Chicago on various aspects of COVID-19 from April to July 2020. Methodologically, his research utilizes a geospatial lens to apply advanced geographic information systems, web-based and real-time geospatial technologies, and geospatial modeling techniques. Working in collaborations with scholars across the world, he has nearly 200 high-impact scientific articles, book chapters, and books and his research has appeared in major media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN. Dr. Duncan's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the HIV Prevention Trials Network, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Verizon Foundation, and the Aetna Foundation. He currently leads two NIH-funded R01 studies, as well as studies funded by other sources, and mentors K and other awards of junior scientists. He has received several early career and distinguished scientific contribution awards including from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS). In 2020, he received the Mentor of the Year Award from Columbia University Irving Medical Center's Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.



ScD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
ScM, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
BA, Morehouse College

Editorial Boards

Geospatial Health
Journal of Urban Health
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Transgender Health

Areas of Expertise

Longitudinal Studies, Spatial Analysis, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Minority Health, Social Epidemiology, Social Factors in Health, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Risk Factors, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Health, Urban Health

Select Publications

Duncan DT, Kawachi I, editors. Neighborhoods and Health, 2nd Edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2018.
Duncan DT, Kawachi I, Redline S, editors. The Social Epidemiology of Sleep. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2019.
Duncan DT, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV, Aldstadt J, Melly SJ, Williams DR. Examination of How Neighborhood Definition Influences Measurements of Youths Access to Tobacco Retailers: A Methodological Note on Spatial Misclassification. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2014 Feb 1; 179(3): 373-381.
Duncan DT, Kapadia F, Halkitis PN. Examination of Spatial Polygamy among Young Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in New York City: The P18 Cohort Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014 Aug 28; 11(9): 8962-8983.
Duncan DT, Regan SD, Park SH, Goedel WC, Kim B, Barton S, Halkitis PN, Chaix B. Spatial Mobility Among Young Men who have Sex with Men across High HIV Prevalence Neighborhoods in New York City: The P18 Neighborhood Study. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. in press.
Duncan DT, Hickson DA, Goedel WC, Callander D, Brooks B, Chen Y-T, Hanson H, Eavou R, Khanna AS, Chaix B, Regan SD, Wheeler DP, Mayer KH, Safren SA, Melvin SC, Draper C, Macgee-Jackson V, Brewer R, Schneider JA, on behalf of the Neighborhoods and Networks Cohort Study Team. The Social Context of HIV Prevention and Care Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in Three U.S. Cities: The Neighborhoods and Networks (N2) Cohort Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019 May 30;16(11).
Duncan DT, Park SH, Goedel WC, Kreski N, Morganstein JG, Hambrick HR, Jean-Louis G, Chaix B. Perceived Neighborhood Safety is Associated with Poor Sleep Health Among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Paris, France. Journal of Urban Health. Jun 2017; 94(3):399-407.
Chaix B, Duncan D, Vallee J, Vernez-Moudon A, Benmarhnia T, Kestens Y. The "residential" effect fallacy in neighborhood and health studies: formal definition, empirical identification, and correction. Epidemiology. 2017 Nov;28(6):789-797.
Kim B, Callander D, DiClemente R, Trinth-Chevrin C, Thorpe L, Duncan DT. Location of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Services across New York City Neighborhoods: Do Neighborhood Socio-demographic Characteristics and HIV Prevalence Matter? AIDS & Behavior. in press.
Duncan DT, Kawachi I, Kum S, Aldstadt J, Piras G, Matthews SA, Arbia G, Castro MC, White K, Williams DR. A spatially explicit approach to the study of socio-demographic inequality in the spatial distribution of trees across Boston neighborhoods. Spatial Demography. 2014; 2(1): 1-29.

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