Dustin Duncan, ScD

Spatial Epidemiology Lab, Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

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, especially among sexual and gender minorities. 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 his forthcoming co-edited book Neighborhoods and Health (2nd edition) with Dr. Ichiro Kawachi (Oxford University Press, 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 85 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.