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Principal Investigator:

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Dustin T. Duncan, ScD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, where he directs NYU’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab. At NYU, he is also a Faculty Affiliate at NYU Abu Dhabi, the College of Global Public Health, the Population Center, the Center for Data Science, the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies, and the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research. 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, London, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi). Methodologically, 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. For instance, his work applies emerging geospatial technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smartphones to, in part, examine mobility and social networks in neighborhoods. Dr. Duncan’s research appears in leading public health, medical, geography, criminology, and demography journals. He has over 70 publications and book chapters, and his research has appeared in major media outlets including the US News and World Report, The Washington Post and The New York Times. His work also extends out of the research world and into classrooms through invited talks, multiple guest lectures across institutions, and his courses including “Connecting Neighborhoods and Health: An Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology”—offered at NYU Abu Dhabi, and “Assessing Neighborhoods in Epidemiology”—offered at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute. Dr. Duncan’s recent work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Aetna Foundation and HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). He is an Associate Editor of Behavioral Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of Spatial Demography, Geospatial Health, and the American Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. Duncan completed both his doctorate and the Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship, both in Social Epidemiology, at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
NYU School of Medicine Profile
NYU Abu Dhabi Profile
Google Scholar Profile
Dr. Duncan’s CV

Program Manager:

Goedel, WilliamWilliam C. Goedel is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying sociology and global public health at NYU’s College of Arts and Science and NYU’s College of Global Public Health, and he has taken graduate-level courses in spatial epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Currently, he is the program manager for NYU’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab and for the past two years he was a research assistant in the lab. As program manager, William assists Dr. Duncan in managing the team of research assistants and manages various aspects of our NIH and CDC-funded research portfolio, including developing study protocols. William has been the principal investigator on six independent research grants from the NYU College of Arts and Science’s Dean Undergraduate Research Fund grants and has published seven journal articles (five of which are first authored works). Broadly, his research interests include 1) risk and protective factors associated with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; violence and victimization; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; and mental health burden in sexual and gender minority populations and 2) the use of emerging technologies and methods (e.g., smartphone applications, global positioning system [GPS] travel recorders) to assess the contexts of health behaviors and to deliver health interventions. William’s is currently in the process of applying to doctoral programs in social epidemiology, as his career goal is to become a social and spatial epidemiologist.
William Goedel’s CV

Research Assistants:

Blakley, JermaineJermaine Blakley, BS is a research assistant in the Spatial Epidemiology Lab. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in public health sciences from Morehouse College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He has had the opportunity to participate in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at Columbia University Medical Center and the Health Sciences Career Development Academy at the University of Michigan. Additionally, Jermaine has had the privilege to conduct research at Morehouse College, Princeton University, and Harvard School of Public Health. Jermaine’s public health’s practicum experience at the National AIDS and Educational Services for Minorities solidified his interest in contributing to the operations and programs that aid in remedying health disparities, inequality, and inequities. He co-founded an organization called Project House, a homelessness outreach organization, which has raised over 4,000 dollars and positively impacted hundreds of individuals without homes in the Atlanta area. Jermaine will be continuing his education at New York University Wagner School of Public Service, where he will earn a Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management as a Lisa Goldberg Fellow with a specialization in Health Finance. He hopes to use his knowledge of public health, public service, leadership, and health economic improvement to enhance the healthcare industry’s ability to better serve marginalized and underserved populations.
Jermaine Blakley’s CV

Khan, AishaAisha Khan is a third year undergraduate student at New York University majoring in global public health and anthropology. She is particularly interested in understanding how current health policies in place impede vulnerable populations’ ability to make healthy choices and decisions. She hopes that the research she conducts as a research assistant at the Spatial Epidemiology Lab helps policymakers make informed decisions when enacting policies and keep the needs and health outcomes of marginalized populations, such as public housing residents, in mind. Aisha returned from a semester in Sydney, Australia, where she interned at the Center for Medical Psychology and Evidence-Based Decision-Making at the University of Sydney School of Public Health. She assisted on a project aiming to uncover the effectiveness of a health literacy course on individuals’ health outcomes and ability to engage in shared decision making with their healthcare provider. Eventually, Aisha hopes to pursue a degree in law and represent clients who need help navigating the complex healthcare system, reducing their medical debt, or accessing health services.
Aisha Khan’s CV

Yazan Al-AjlouniYazan A. Al-Ajlouni is a first year undergraduate student at NYU Abu Dhabi majoring in Biology on the Pre-Medical studies track and is a research assistant at NYU School of Medicine’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab. He was born in New York and raised in Amman, Jordan. He is interested in medical and public health research, and has previous work experience with the Stems Cell of Arabia Research Center and the Royal Medical Services: Queen Rania Children Hospital, both located in Amman, Jordan. He ultimately plans to pursue a medical degree and become a physician, specializing in sports medicine while continuing research in various health fields, with a focus on public health in order to understand the different health behaviors between populations.
Yazan A. Al-Ajlouni’s CV

JaceJace Morganstein is a first year medical student at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ. He is particularly interested in issues of healthcare accessibility and its correlation to health disparities. Jace completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he majored in anthropology and minored in biochemistry. He then went on to earn a master’s degree from Boston University School of Medicine, where he concentrated in medical sciences. At CMSRU Jace co-chairs the LGBTQ+Ally Club, works in homeless outreach, and volunteers in a local hospital’s emergency department doing HIV risk factor screening and HIV testing. Previous research has included work on food accessibility among residents in Detroit, as well as research in cardiac electrophysiology. In the future Jace hopes to become an emergency medicine physician, working directly to improve the health of those affected by disparities in our current medical environment.
Jace Morganstein’s CV

NoahNoah Kreski is a rising senior at NYU, majoring in psychology and minoring in public health. He is deeply interested in reducing sexual and mental health disparities for LGBTQ individuals, as well as understanding the ways in which activism and epidemiology intersect and support one another. He has worked managing participants with Project Achieve, a site for HIV vaccine trail management and community outreach, as well as the NYU Couples Lab, conducting multiple studies on communication and support to understand the dynamics that inform intimate partner relationships. In addition to his work at the Spatial Epidemiology lab, Noah currently interns at CHEST, and works in the development department of the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth, contributing to their operations through development data management. He hopes to pursue psychiatric epidemiology as a career, with a particular emphasis on underserved LGBTQIA+ populations.
Noah Kreski’s CV

ChrystelChrystel Dol is a rising second year medical student at Meharry Medical College. She graduated magna cum laude from The City University of New York- York College with a degree in Chemistry. Her strong interest in public health and the underserved lead her to join the spatial Epidemiology lab this summer at NYU. Her goals this summer is to learn more about public health and hopefully make an impact. Besides medicine, she also enjoys reading; art, cooking and spending time with her loved ones.
Chrystel Dol’s CV

Lucy Yang is a rising third year undergraduate school at New York University majoring in global public health and biology while on a pre-health track. She is interested in health disparities and inequities among low income communities and is hoping to use this experience as a research assistant as a gateway into public health research. She has some experience doing medical research at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she assisted in a study about using NMR spectroscopy to potentially identify cancerous prostate cells, and worked in New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office as a forensic pathology intern. She hopes to eventually pursue a medical degree with a public health degree.
Lucy Yang’s CV

Unknown 2Gladyne Confident is a rising fourth year medical student at the NYU School of Medicine. Throughout her medical school career, she has served as the co-president of the Black and Latino Student Association, and is presently the Diversity Chair of the Student Diversity Initiative. Gladyne’s interests in sexual health and working with underserved communities prompted her to join NYU School of Medicine’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab. She is currently applying to residency in Pediatrics. In the future, she hopes to work on improving sexual health and preventive education of underserved minority adolescents.
Gladyne Confident’s CV

headshot-hambrickRhodes Hambrick, BS is a third year medical student at NYU School of Medicine, where he is a Silverstein Scholar. He is also a research assistant in NYU’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab. Rhodes received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry (Sum Cum Laude) from Furman University, where he was awarded the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal, an award granted to the male student deemed overall most outstanding’ by the faculty. He has previously conducted basic science research in microbiology as a medical student rotating in Santander, Spain and in inorganic chemistry while at Furman. In addition, he pursued his interest in HIV/AIDS through a Foreign Study experience in Southern Africa focused on the sociocultural underpinnings of the HIV epidemic. Rhodes also has an interest in LGBTQ (+) and community health; he was a co-leader of NYU’s “LGBT People in Medicine” group through which he helped coordinate a collaborative LGBTQ conference among NYU graduate schools last fall, and he is a consistent volunteer with NYU’s free medical clinic.
Rhodes Hambrick’s CV

gabriel-figueroa-picGabriel Figueroa Torres is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Arabic Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi and he is a research assistant at NYU’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab. As research assistant, Gabriel assists Dr. Duncan and the research team with a number of studies, including our studies in Abu Dhabi. Gabriel has previously conducted public health and medical research at the NYU Abu Dhabi Public Health Research Center in Abu Dhabi, the Armauer Hansen Research Institute in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, the NYC Department of Mental Hygiene and Public Health in New York, and the Idaghdour Lab of Environmental Genomics. He ultimately plans to pursue a medical degree, with additional training in public health and medical anthropology.
Gabriel Figueroa’s CV

Su Hyun Park, PhD, MPH is a Data Analyst in NYU’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab, where she is predominantly assisting on our R01-project focused on PrEP. She also works with Dr. Scott Sherman and Michael Weitzman, where she examines emerging tobacco products such as hookah and e-cigarettes. Dr. Park and Dr. Duncan recently completed a study, published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, examining state-specific prevalence and regional differences in hookah use among adults in the United States.
Su Hyun Park’s CV

Ryan Grace is a Research Coordinator is NYU’s Spatial Epidemiology Lab. He is particularly focus on our R01-project focused on PrEP, including assisting in the development of project surveys and protocols. Ryan is interested in the health and wellbeing on black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including mental health and HIV risk. He earned his master’s from Fordham University in Mental Health Counseling.
Ryan Grace’s CV

Geospatial Analyst:

Jeffrey Blossom, MA has 19 years working in the GIS industry as a technician, analyst, developer, manager, and educator. Jeffrey earned an M.A. in Geography from the University of Denver in 2002 and a B.S. from Willamette University (OR) in 1995. Jeff’s work experience includes performing GIS analysis for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and the U.S.G.S in Lakewood, CO. In addition to consulting for the Spatial Epidemiology Lab, Jeff currently holds a full-time position as a senior GIS specialist at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. Jeff is especially interested in developing tools, teaching methods, and maps using geographic information that can be used by any student or professional to enhance their work. Related to this effort is the graduate level class he teaches at the Harvard Extension School: “Geographic Communication Today.” Jeff is also an adjunct faculty member at Salem State University, her he teaches “Computer Cartography.”

Seann Regan, MA is an experienced GIS analyst and geographer with a focus on bringing the tools of computer aided mapping and a geographic perspective to issues of public health. To this end, he has worked at the top ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas as a GIS analyst on health disparities and health inequality, the Baylor College of Medicine on issues of environmental health, exposure to airborne pollutants and environmental toxins, and with the Texas Department of State Health Services as a senior GIS specialist on a wide range of topics. Seann continues to consult with various organizations and works closely with the Dr. Duncan and the Spatial Epidemiology Lab. He is a contributing author to multiple academic publications, and is a strong advocate for enhancing geographic literacy in the public health domain.

Research Affiliates:

Kosuke Tamura, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at working in the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. Tamura completed a PhD in Health and Kinesiology as well as an MS in Agricultural Science at Purdue University. He also holds an MA in International Affairs from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Laws in Political Science from Komazawa University in Japan. Dr. Tamura’s research background have focused on the associations between neighborhood built environment and both physical activity and obesity in adult populations, with emphasis on applying spatial statistics and GIS technologies.
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William Brady, M.A. is a PhD candidate in the department of social psychology at New York University. His psychological research focuses on understanding social influences on morality and emotion, and he employs multiple methodologies including behavioral, psychophysiological, and social media data. He also has a quantitative focus and recently has been interested in employing hierarchical linear modeling to study how emotions emerge over time between dyads, and using various regression models to study count processes in social media. William became interested in the Spatial Epidemiology Lab because of their work with linking health behaviors and social media apps. He participated in project investigating associations between health and sexual behaviors and intimate partner violence in a population of MSM using dating apps. He is currently participating in a study investigating neighborhood movement based on GPS tracking and how this movement may be related to perception of obesity and health behaviors.
William Brady_CV

Ofole Mgbako, MD is a current internal medicine resident at the NYU Internal Medicine Residency Program. He received his MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University. His research interests include HIV and HIV co-infections (including tuberculosis, hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted diseases), sociocultural factors influencing HIV infection, and global healthcare delivery systems for HIV infection. He has worked with Physicians for Human Rights, American Foundation for AIDS Research and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has also worked extensively abroad in global public health, particularly in the realm of HIV. He has done public health/clinical work in Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Dominican Republic, and Uganda. He recently received the Rudin Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Humanities from the Department of Medical Humanities at NYU and is currently working on a project to explore the experiences of HIV-positive Black Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City and identify barriers to care and treatment.

 

Website Developer:

Alexandra Bragg, BS is an MPH student at NYU’S College of Global Public Health. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of North Florida, where she played on the varisty NCAA Division I soccer team. Alexandra spent a year teaching middle school English courses in Thailand, and has participated in educational and health-focused humanitarian trips to rural China and the Dominican Republic. She currently is the Internship Coordinator at HealthRight International and she developed the website for The Spatial Epidemiology Lab.

Lab Alumni:

Rochelle Frounfelker, MPH, MSSW
Shilpa Dutta, MPH
James Williams, AB
Maliyhah Al-Bayan, BS
Brittany Gozlan, BS
Kimberly Jones, MSW
Kenneth Pass, BS
Abebayehu Yilma, PhD, MPH
Raiya Mallick
Samantha Bennett
Udisa Chowdhury
John Twarog, MPH
Thayane Moreira
Jonathan Varghese, BS
Shivali Devjani
Forrest Brooks, MS
Thomas Gepts, BA
Gina Leipertz
Daniel Hagen, MPH