Dustin Duncan
Dustin T. Duncan, ScD
CDUHR - Director, Pilot Projects and Mentoring Core
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health - Associate Dean for Health Equity and Associate Professor
ScD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MS, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
BA, Psychology, Morehouse College
Research Interests
Social epidemiology, Spatial epidemiology, Neighborhoods, Health disparities, HIV prevention, Substance use
Dustin T. Duncan is the Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where he directs the Columbia Spatial Epidemiology Lab and co-directs the department’s Social and Spatial Epidemiology Unit. 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, but recent work is beginning to span across the globe (including studies in Paris, London, and Nairobi). Dr. Duncan’s work appears in leading public health, epidemiology, medical, geography, criminology, demography, and psychology journals. Working in collaborations with scholars across the world, Dr. Duncan has over 250 high-impact articles (>120 first or senior-authored), book chapters and books cited over 9,200 times; Dr. Duncan’s 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.
Principal Investigator, Cannabis Use, PrEP and HIV Transmission Risk Among Black MSM in Chicago. Active
Principal Investigator, Characterizing Sleep, ART Adherence and Viral Suppression Among Black Sexual Minority Men. Active
Principal Investigator, Estimating the Impact of a Multilevel, Multicomponent Intervention to Increase Uptake of HIV Testing and Biomedical HIV Prevention among African-American/Black Gay, Bisexual and Same-gender Loving Men. Active
Principal Investigator, Impact of Social Cohesion and Social Capital in PrEP Uptake and Adherence Among Transwomen of Color. Active
Principal Investigator, MyPEEPs Mobile LITE: Limited Interaction Efficacy Trial of MyPeeps Mobile to Reduce HIV Incidence and Better Understand the Epidemiology of HIV among YMSM. Active
Principal Investigator, Promoting Social Capital for Increased HIV Prevention and Care Among Sexual Minority Men in Nairobi, Kenya. Active
Principal Investigator, Activity Space Neighborhoods, Drug Use and HIV Among Black MSM in the Jackson, MS MSA. Completed
Principal Investigator, Feasibility Assessment of Real-Time Geospatial Methods to Explore Social and Spatial Contexts of Substance Use and HIV Risk in YMSM. Completed
Principal Investigator, Formative Research on How to Deliver Alcohol Interventions in the Context of HIV Prevention and Care among Black Sexual Minority Men. Completed
Principal Investigator, Health App Use among Verizon Users. Completed
Principal Investigator, Impact of Neighborhoods and Networks on HIV Prevention and Care Behaviors Among Black MSM in the Deep South. Completed
Principal Investigator, Neighborhood Activity Space, Drugs and HIV Risk Among Black MSM in the Deep South. Completed
Principal Investigator, Neighborhoods, Mobility and HIV Among Young MSM. Completed
Principal Investigator, PrEP Uptake and Adherence among Young Black MSM: Neighborhood and Network Determinants. Completed


Feelemyer J, Duncan DT, Akhidenor N, Mazumdar M, Irvine NM, Scheidell JD, Brewer RA, Turpin RE, Hucks-Ortiz C, Dyer TV, Cleland CM, Mayer KH, Khan MR (2024).
Police harassment and psychiatric, sexual, and substance use risk among Black sexual minority men and Black transgender women in the HIV Prevention Trials 061 cohort
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities [Epub 2024 Apr 12]. doi: 10.1007/s40615-024-01909-1.

Shrader CH, Duncan DT, Knox J, Chen YT, Driver R, Russell JS, Moody RL, Kanamori M, Durrell M, Hanson H, Eavou R, Goedel WC, Schneider JA (2024).
A network science approach to sex-polydrug use among Black sexually minoritized men and transgender women: The N2 cohort study
Prevention Science [Epub 2024 Feb 19]. doi: 10.1007/s11121-023-01639-6.

Ross EJ, Williams RS, Viamonte M, Reynolds JM, Duncan DT, Paul RH, Carrico AW (2023).
Overamped: Stimulant use and HIV pathogenesis
Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 20 (6), 321-332. doi: 10.1007/s11904-023-00672-y.

Ransome Y, Luan H, Song I, Duncan DT (2023).
Church closings were associated with higher COVID-19 infection rates: Implications for community health equity
Journal of Urban Health, 100 (6), 1258-1263. doi: 10.1007/s11524-023-00791-2. PMCID: PMC10728374.

Knox JR, Dolotina B, Moline T, Matthews I, Durrell M, Hanson H, Almirol E, Hotton A, Pagkas-Bather J, Chen YT, English D, Manuzak J, Rower JE, Miles C, Millar B, Jean-Louis G, Rendina HJ, Martins SS, Grov C, Hasin DS, Carrico AW, Shoptaw S, Schneider JA, Duncan DT (2023).
HIV prevention and care among Black cisgender sexual minority men and transgender women: Protocol for an HIV status-neutral cohort study using an observational-implementation hybrid approach
JMIR Research Protocols, 12, e48548. doi: 10.2196/48548. PMCID: PMC10724817.


Duncan DT, Kawachi I (Eds) (2018).
Neighborhoods and health. (2nd ed.)
New York: Oxford University Press.

Duncan DT, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV, Aldstadt J, Melly SJ, Williams DR (2014).
Examination of how neighborhood definition influences measurements of youths’ access to tobacco retailers: A methodological note on spatial misclassification
American Journal of Epidemiology, 179 (3), 373-381. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwt251. PMCID: PMC3895093.

Duncan DT, Kapadia F, Halkitis PN (2014).
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, 11 (9), 8962-8983. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110908962. PMCID: PMC4199000.

Dr. Duncan's Google Scholar Profile
Selected Press
Interview with Dustin Duncan who discussed his research on MSM using GPS technology to study neighborhoods.