Daniel P. Giovenco, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
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Daniel Giovenco, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. He is a behavioral scientist whose research uses geographical information systems, field data collection, and survey data to identify social and environmental determinants of tobacco use disparities. His specific areas of interest include the marketing of non-cigarette tobacco products in diverse communities, the public health implications of tobacco harm reduction, and the co-use of marijuana and tobacco. Dr. Giovenco's research has been published in leading public health journals such as the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the American Journal of Epidemiology. He has been invited as an expert speaker to present his research on electronic cigarettes at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition to research, Dr. Giovenco teaches graduate courses in program planning and evaluation. He is a member of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at the Mailman School of Public Health and holds a faculty appointment at the Columbia Population Research Center. Dr. Giovenco is a 2016 recipient of the NIH Director's Early Independence Award, a grant from the National Institutes of Health awarded to junior scientists who have the intellect, scientific creativity, drive and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional post-doctoral training. His project will examine how the promotion of tobacco products with varying levels of risk differs across neighborhoods and how this may influence harm reduction behaviors and subsequent health disparities.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Student Mentoring, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
  • Member, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Faculty, Columbia Population Research Center

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2010 The College of New Jersey
  • MPH, 2012 Behavioral Science, Rutgers University
  • PhD, 2016 Public Health, Rutgers University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Member, American Public Health Association

Honors & Awards

NIH Director's Early Independence Award (2016)

Scholar, NIMHD's Health Disparities Research Institute (2016)

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (2012)


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Chronic disease
  • Community Health
  • Public Health Education
  • Substance Use
  • Urban Health

Selected Publications

Giovenco DP, Spillane TE. Improving efficiency in mobile data collection for place-based public health research. Am J Public Health. 2019;109(S2):S123-S125. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304875

Giovenco DP, Spillane TE, Wong BA, Wackowski OA. Characteristics of storefront tobacco advertisements and differences by product type: A content analysis of retailers in New York City, USA. Prev Med. 2019;123:204-207. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.03.045

Giovenco DP, Spillane TE, Merizier JM. Neighborhood differences in alternative tobacco product availability and advertising in New York City: Implications for health disparities. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty244 [Epub ahead of print]

Giovenco DP. Different smokes for different folks? E-cigarettes and tobacco disparities. Am J Public Health. 2019. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305250 [Epub ahead of print]

Giovenco DP, Spillane TE, Mauro CM, Hernandez D. Evaluating the impact and equity of a tobacco-free pharmacy law on retailer density in New York City neighborhoods. Tob Control. 2018. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054463 [Epub ahead of print]

Giovenco DP, Spillane TE, Mauro CM, Martins SS. Cigarillo sales in legalized marijuana markets in the U.S. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018;185:347-350. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.12.011

Giovenco DP, Lo EJM, Lewis MJ, Delnevo CD. They're pretty much made for blunts: Product features that facilitate marijuana use among young adult cigarillo users. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017;19(11):1359-1364. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw182

Giovenco DP, Delnevo CD. Prevalence of population smoking cessation by electronic cigarette use status in a national sample of recent smokers. Addict Behav. 2018;76:129-134. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.08.002

Giovenco DP, Duncan DT, Coups EJ, Lewis MJ, Delnevo CD. Census tract correlates of vape shop locations in New Jersey. Health Place. 2016;40:123-128. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.05.008.

Giovenco DP, Casseus M, Duncan DT, Coups EJ, Lewis MJ, Delnevo CD. Association between electronic cigarette marketing near schools and e-cigarette use among youth. J Adolesc Health. 2016;59(6):627-634.