In the News

Dr. Dustin Duncan new projects in the Deep South and NYC highlighted in the news as projects that could inform prevention and treatment among men who have sex with men. Read more here.

The Spatial Epidemiology Lab was responsible for developing a neighborhood assessment survey that is being used in the Abu Dhabi Cohort Study, the biggest public health study in the history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Read more here.

Phone Interview: Quoted in “‘Goldilocks Syndrome’? Parents Often in Denial About Overweight Kids” by Lisa Flam on The Today Show. May 11, 2015.

Phone Interview: Quoted in “95 Percent of Parents Think Their Overweight Children Look ‘Just Right’” by Lenny Bernstein in The Washington Post. May 12, 2015.

Email Interview: Quoted in “Parents Don’t Notice Extra Pounds on Overweight Children” by KJ Dell’Antonia in The New York Times. May 20, 2015

 

News and Awards

Published Papers
William Goedel published a paper titled “Geosocial-Networking App Usage Patterns of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men: Survey Among Users of Grindr, A Mobile Dating App” in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance with Dr. Dustin Duncan. Check out the article here. (April 2015)

Maliyhah Al-Bayan published a paper titled “Application of Global Positioning System Methods for the Study of Obesity and Hypertension Risk Among Low-Income Housing Residents in New York City: A Spatial Feasibility Study” in Geospatial Health with Dr. Dustin Duncan. Check out the article here. (November 2014)

James Williams published a paper titled “Perceived Neighborhood Illicit Drug Selling, Peer Illicit Drug Disapproval, and Illicit Drug Use Among US High School Seniors” in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy with Dr. Dustin Duncan. Check out the article here. (September 2014)

Grants Awarded

(Principal Investigator: Dustin T. Duncan)

Dr. Dustin Duncan was awarded a grant by the national institute of mental health for his project entitled ‘Neighborhoods, Mobility and HIV among young MSM’ (2016).

Dr. Dustin Duncan was awarded a grant by the national institute of drug abuse for his project entitled ‘Activity space neighborhoods, drug use and HIV among black MSM in the Jackson, MS MSA’ (2016).

Dr. Dustin Duncan was awarded a grant by the national center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention for his project entitled ‘Impact of Neighborhoods and Networks on HIV Prevention and Care Behaviors Among Black MSM In the Deep South’ (2016).

Dr. Dustin Duncan was selected for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Scholars Program for his project entitled “Community-Level Norms and Sexual Beliefs, Behaviors, and Sexually Transmitted Infections in HIV-Infected Men.” He will be working with Drs. Kenneth Mayer and Steven Safren, both from Harvard Medical School. (March 2015)

William Goedel was awarded a second individual research grant from the New York University College of Arts and Science Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund for his project entitled “Understanding HIV Risk Attribution and Sexual Risk Taking Behaviors in Online Sex-Seeking Men Who Have Sex with Men in New York City.” Dr. Dustin Duncan is a co-investigator and will serve as William’s faculty mentor. (February 2015)

Dr. Dustin Duncan was awarded the AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship. The Aetna Foundation will host the fellows in Hartford, Connecticut for up to one week and provide a $15,000 stipend to support a disparities research project. (January 2015).

William Goedel was awarded the Wilfred L. and Ruth S.F. Peltz Research Scholarship from the New York University College of Arts and Science Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund for his project entitled “Body Image Dissatisfaction as a Correlate of Sexual Risk Taking Behavior in Online Sex-Seeking Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia.” Dr. Dustin Duncan is a co-investigator and will serve as William’s faculty mentor. (November 2014)

Aisha Khan was recently awarded a Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund grant to work on an independent study which will determine if built environmental factors, parenting or a combination of these factors is most to blame for the higher prevalence of childhood obesity among minority children living in public housing. Dr. Dustin Duncan is a co-investigator and will serve as Aisha’s faculty mentor. (December 2015)

Presentations
The Spatial Epidemiology Lab was represented at the New York City Epidemiological Forum (NYCEF). Dr. Dustin Duncan presented a poster titled “Spatial Stigma, Body Mass Index, and Blood Pressure Among Low-Income Housing Residents in New York City: A Pilot Study” with lab co-author James Williams. Ryan Ruff, assistant professor at New York University’s College of Dentistry and College of Global Public Health, presented “Spatial Stigma, Drug Use, and Alcohol Consumption Among Low-Income Housing Residents in New York City” with lab co-authors Dr. Dustin Duncan and William Goedel. Both studies used data from our New York City Low-Income Housing, Neighborhoods, and Health Study (February 2015)

Dr. Dustin Duncan gave an oral presentation titled “The Health and Neighborhood Experiences of Low Income Housing Residents in New York City” to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner’s Brown Bag Lecture Series.
Daniel Hagen presented a poster at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Population Health Equity Forum title “Social-environmental Determinants of Internalized Homonegativity in Men Who Have Sex With Men in Germany” (September 2015)

Spatial Epidemiology Lab Director (Dr. Dustin Duncan), and lab members Dr. Kosuke Tamura, James Williams, Daniel Hagen and William Goedel presented at the 2016 NYC Epidemiology Forum in March 2016 – see some pictures from the event of Kosuke and James.

Awards
James Williams received the Outstanding Student Achievement in Population Health Research Award by the New York University School of Medicine. This is an award from the Department of Population Health for an outstanding medical student conducting research with faculty members in the Department of Population Health. (March 2015)

Dr. Dustin Duncan was recognized as Reviewer of the Year (2014) by the American Journal of Epidemiology/Society for Epidemiologic Research. (February 2015)

Dr. Dustin Duncan was recently awarded the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Best Paper Award, 4th Prize (January 2015).

12241796_10153802739343746_6200399173585507442_nWilliam Goedel, Undergraduate Student at New York University College of Global Public Health, was awarded best research poster in the student category at the 2015 First Annual Health Disparities Symposium(October 9, 2015)