Dustin Duncan is coming to a neighborhood near you.
Dustin is fascinated with what happens in neighborhoods - online and off.
As a Social and Spatial Epidemiologist, he studies what makes neighborhoods tick, and how the unique characteristics of built and social environments can impact health in both positive and negative ways globally with recent work being done in New York City and Paris. He is keen to the role that neighborhoods can have detrimental and sometimes crippling effects on population health, in the forms of obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.
As his current research focuses on spatial polygamy (which posits that individuals may experience multiple spatial contexts outside the residential neighborhood with varying characteristics) and how it impacts health, he unabashedly borrows from several disciplines – especially geography and sociology, just to name a few - to interrogate the potentially enduring health effects of neighborhoods.
Health disparities and minority health are his first loves. Expect to hear his passion come through when he talks about his research on neighborhood-level hate crimes against LGBT youth, which in turn affects their marijuana use and suicide rates. His work harnesses emerging geospatial technologies including Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smartphones in part to examine social networks in neighborhoods. He and his students have studied sex risk-taking on popular geosocial networking applications targeted to men who have sex with men, finding that many app-users feel depressed or lonely, and often drink or are drunk while on these apps. In addition, they found that the age respondents began using these apps was associated with the age at their first instance of insertive anal sex and receptive anal sex.
Leading peer-reviewed journals that focus on the study of demography, crime, geography, medicine and public health are home to over 40 of Dustin’s published works and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation the Verizon Foundation and the Aetna Foundation.
Here at the College of Global Public Health of NYU, Dustin is a Faculty Affiliate. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU’s School of Medicine, where he directs the Spatial Epidemiology Lab. He also works with NYU's Population Center, NYU’s Center for Data Science, NYU's Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research and NYU's Broome Street Residential College.
Dustin is an Associate Editor at Behavioral Medicine and on the Editorial Board of Spatial Demography. Dustin holds a doctorate as well as completed the Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship -- both in Social Epidemiology -- from Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dustin has been proud to call NYU home since 2013.