Dustin Duncan
Dustin T. Duncan, ScD
CDUHR - Director, Pilot Projects and Mentoring Core
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 175 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, 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, 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, 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


Dubin S, Reisner S, Schrimshaw EW, Radix A, Khan A, Harry-Hernandez S, Zweig SA, Timmins L, Duncan DT (2021).
Public restrooms in neighborhoods and public spaces: A qualitative study of transgender and nonbinary adults in New York City
Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 18, 1002-1012. doi: 10.1007/s13178-020-00504-3.

Kim B, Chaix B, Chen YT, Callander D, Regan SD, Duncan DT (2021).
Geographic density and uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among young gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men: A global positioning system (GPS) study
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (Suppl 2), 155-164. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03249-1. PMCID: PMC8541942.

Chen YT, Duncan DT, Del Vecchio N, Timmins L, Pagkas-Bather J, Lacap S, Hotton A, Knox J, Hanson H, Koli K, Durrell M, Dehlin J, Schneider JA (2021).
COVID-19-related stressors, sex behaviors, and HIV status neutral care among Black men who have sex with men and transgender women in Chicago, USA
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 88 (3), 261-271. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002770. PMCID: PMC8518204.

Dawit R, Trepka MJ, Duncan DT, Li T, Pires SF, Brock P, Ladner RA, Sheehan DM (2021).
Neighborhood factors associated with racial/ethnic disparities in achieving sustained HIV viral suppression among Miami-Dade County Ryan White program clients
AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 35 (10), 401-410. doi: 10.1089/apc.2021.0067.

Matovu JKB, Mbita G, Hamilton A, Mhando F, Sims WM, Thompson N, Komba AN, Lija J, Zhang J, van den Akker T, Duncan DT, Choko AT, Conserve DF (2021).
Men’s comfort in distributing or receiving HIV self-test kits from close male social network members in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: Baseline results from the STEP project
BMC Public Health, 21 (1), 1739. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11806-5. PMCID: PMC8464146.


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.