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


Goedel WC, Regan SD, Chaix B, Radix A, Reisner SL, Janssen AC, Duncan DT (2019).
Using global positioning system methods to explore mobility patterns and exposure to high HIV prevalence neighbourhoods among transgender women in New York
Geospatial Health, 14 (2), 752. doi: 10.4081/gh.2019.752.

Goedel WC, Nunn AS, Chan PA, Duncan DT, Biello KB, Safren SA, Marshall BDL (2019).
A shot at equity? Addressing disparities among Black MSM in the coming era of long-acting injectable preexposure prophylaxis
AIDS, 33 (13), 2110-2112. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002341.

Kim B, Callander D, DiClemente R, Trinh-Shevrin C, Thorpe LE, Duncan DT (2019).
Location of pre-exposure prophylaxis services across New York City neighborhoods: Do neighborhood socio-demographic characteristics and HIV incidence matter?
AIDS and Behavior, 23 (10), 10.1007/s10461-019-02609-2. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02609-2.

Griffin M, Callander D, Duncan DT, Palamar JJ (2019).
Differential risk for drug use by sexual minority status among electronic dance music party attendees in New York City
Substance Use and Misuse [Epub 2019 Sep 17]. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1662811.

Felker-Kantor EA, Wallace ME, Madkour AS, Duncan DT, Andrinopoulos K, Theall K (2019).
HIV stigma, mental health, and alcohol use disorders among people living with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans
Journal of Urban Health [Epub 2019 Sep 13]. doi: 10.1007/s11524-019-00390-0.


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.