Dustin T. Duncan, ScD
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health - 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 an 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 and London). 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. Dr. Duncan’s research appears in leading journals and he has over 150 publications and book chapters; his research has appeared in major media outlets including the US News and World Report, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Dr. Duncan’s recent work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Aetna Foundation, and HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN).
Principal Investigator, Impact of Neighborhoods and Networks on HIV Prevention and Care Behaviors Among Black MSM in the Deep South. Active
Principal Investigator, Impact of Social Cohesion and Social Capital in PrEP Uptake and Adherence Among Transwomen of Color. Active
Principal Investigator, PrEP Uptake and Adherence Among Young Black MSM: Neighborhood and Network Determinants. 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, Health App Use among Verizon Users. 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


Chen YT, Duncan DT, Issema R, Goedel WC, Callander D, Bernard-Herman B, Hanson H, Eavou R, Schneider J, Hotton A (2020).
Social-environmental resilience, PrEP uptake, and viral suppression among young Black men who have sex with men and young black transgender women: The Neighborhoods and Networks (N2) Study in Chicago
Journal of Urban Health [Epub 2020 May 28]. doi: 10.1007/s11524-020-00425-x.

Kim B, Regan SD, Callander D, Goedel WC, Chaix B, Duncan DT (2020).
Associations of spatial mobility with sexual risk behaviors among young men who have sex with men in New York City: A global positioning system (GPS) study
Social Science and Medicine, 258, 113060. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113060.

Dangerfield DT, Carmack CC, Gilreath TD, Duncan DT (2020).
Latent classes of partner-seeking venues and sexual risk among men who have sex with men in Paris, France
International Journal of STD and AIDS, 31 (6), 502-509. doi: 10.1177/0956462419899012.

Callander D, Schneider JA, Radix A, Chaix B, Scheinmann R, Love G, Smith J, Regan SD, Kawachi I, St James K, Ransome Y, Herrera C, Reisner SL, Doroshow C, Poteat T, Watson K, Bluebond-Langner R, Toussaint N, Garofalo R, Sevelius J, Duncan DT (2020).
Longitudinal cohort of HIV-negative transgender women of colour in New York City: Protocol for the TURNNT (‘Trying to Understand Relationships, Networks and Neighbourhoods among Transgender women of colour’) study
BMJ Open, 10 (4), e032876. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032876. PMCID: PMC7170618.

English D, Hickson DA, Callander D, Goodman MS, Duncan DT (2020).
Racial discrimination, sexual partner race/ethnicity, and depressive symptoms among Black sexual minority men
Archives of Sexual Behavior [Epub 2020 Mar 28]. doi: 10.1007/s10508-020-01647-5.


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.