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, 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, Formative Research on How to Deliver Alcohol Interventions in the Context of HIV Prevention and Care 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, 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, 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
Principal Investigator, PrEP Uptake and Adherence among Young Black MSM: Neighborhood and Network Determinants. Completed


Weinstein ER, Harkness A, Ironson G, Shrader CH, Duncan DT, Safren SA (2023).
Life instability associated with lower ART adherence and other poor HIV-related care outcomes in older adults with HIV
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 30 (3), 345-355. doi: 10.1007/s12529-022-10095-5. PMCID: PMC9626397.

Kim B, Troxel WM, Dubowitz T, Hunter GP, Ghosh-Dastidar B, Chaix B, Rudolph KE, Morrison CN, Branas CC, Duncan DT (2023).
Neighborhood built environments and sleep health: A longitudinal study in low-income and predominantly African-American neighborhoods
American Journal of Epidemiology, 192 (5), 736-747. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwad016.

Davis-Ewart L, Lee JY, Viamonte M, Colon-Burgos J, Harkness A, Kanamori M, Duncan DT, Doblecki-Lewis S, Carrico AW, Grov C (2023).
“The familiar taste of poison”: A qualitative study of multi-level motivations for stimulant use in sexual minority men living in South Florida
Harm Reduction Journal, 20 (1), 58. doi: 10.1186/s12954-023-00787-w. PMCID: PMC10134657.

Duncan DT, Park SH, Chen YT, Dolotina B, Worrall WR, Hanson H, Durrell M, Franco GA, Morse SS, Schneider JA (2023).
HIV care engagement is not associated with COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy during the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic among Black cisgender sexual minority men and transgender women in the N2 COVID study
Vaccines, 11 (4), 787. doi: 10.3390/vaccines11040787. PMCID: PMC10146179.

Knox J, Schwartz S, Duncan DT, Curran G, Schneider J, Stephenson R, Wilson P, Nash D, Sullivan P, Geng E (2023).
Proposing the observational-implementation hybrid approach: Designing observational research for rapid translation
Annals of Epidemiology [Epub 2023 Apr 2]. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2023.03.008.


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.