Publications Highlight

Giovenco, Daniel P., et al. “Census tract correlates of vape shop locations in New Jersey.” Health & place40 (2016): 123-128.

Purpose: This study explores community-level predictors of vape shop locations in New Jersey, USA.

Findings: Vape shops are commonly located in census tracts where tobacco retail is high, but where fewer racial minorities live. The retail environment may communicate social norms regarding vaping and ultimately influence use behaviors of community residents.


Duncan, Dustin T., et al. “Local spatial clustering in youths’ use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana in Boston.” The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse(2016): 1-10.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine spatial clustering of youth use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana

Findings: Significant spatial clustering in youth tobacco use was found. Finding a significant cluster in the South Boston neighborhood provides reason for further investigation into neighborhood characteristics that may shape adolescents’ substance use behaviors. This type of research can be used to evaluate the underlying reasons behind spatial clustering of youth substance and to target local drug abuse prevention interventions and use.


Duncan, Dustin T., et al. “Walk score, transportation mode choice, and walking among French adults: a GPS, accelerometer, and mobility survey study.” International journal of environmental research and public health6 (2016): 611.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine associations at the trip level between Walk Score, transportation mode choice, and walking among Paris adults who were tracked with GPS receivers and accelerometers in the RECORD GPS Study.

Findings: Walkable neighborhoods were associated with increases in walking among adults in Paris, as documented at the trip level. Creating walkable neighborhoods (through neighborhood design increased commercial activity) may increase walking trips and, therefore, could be a relevant health promotion strategy to increase physical activity.


Mapping Multi-Day GPS Data: A Cartographic Study in NYC

Duncan DT, Hansen AR, Wang W, Yan F, Zhang J. Change in Misperception of Child’s Body Weight among Parents of American Preschool Children. Childhood Obesity. 2015 August; 11(4): 384393.

^Goedel WC*, Duncan DT. 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. JMIR Public Health & Surveillance. 2015; 1(1): e4.

Characteristics of Walkable Built Environments and BMI z-Scores in Children: Evidence from a Large Electronic Health Record Database

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

Perceived Neighborhood Illicit Drug Selling, Peer Illicit Drug Disapproval, and Illicit Drug Use Among US High School Seniors

Examination of Spatial Polygamy Among Young Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in New York City: The P18 Cohort Study

Duncan DT, Kawachi I, Melly SJ, Blossom J, Sorensen G, Williams DR. Demographic Disparities in the Tobacco Retail Environment in Boston? A Citywide Spatial Analysis. Public Health Reports. 2014 March/April; 129 (2): 209-215.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Hate Crimes and Suicidality Among a Population-Based Sample of Sexual-Minority Adolescents in Boston

Neighborhood-Level LGBT Hate Crimes and Current Illicit Drug Use Among Sexual Minority Youth

Duncan DT, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV, Aldstadt J, Melly SJ, Williams DR. Examination of How Neighborhood Definition Influences Measurements of Youths’ Access to Tobacco Retailers: A Methodological Note on Spatial Misclassification. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2014 Feb 1; 179(3): 373-381.

A Spatially Explicit Approach to the Study of Sociodemographic Inequality in the Spatial Distribution of Trees Across Boston Neighborhoods

The Geography of Recreational Open Space: Influence of Neighborhood Racial Composition and Neighborhood Poverty

The Built Environment and Depressive Symptoms Among Urban Youth: A Spatial Regression Study

Duncan DT, Aldstadt J, Whalen J, Melly SJ. Validation of Walk Scores and Transit Scores for Estimating Neighborhood Walkability and Transit Availability: A Small-Area Analysis. GeoJournal. 2013 Apr; 78(2): 407-416.

Racial Differences in the Built Environment – Body Mass Index Relationship? A Geospatial Analysis of Adolescents in Urban Neighborhoods

Validation of Walk Score for Estimating Neighborhood Walkability: An Analysis of Four US Metropolitan Areas

Evaluation of the Positional Difference Between Two Common Geocoding Methods

Does Perception Equal Reality? Weight Misperception in Relation to Weight-Related Attitudes and Behaviors Among Overweight and Obese US Adults

Associations Between Neighborhood Safety and Overweight Status Among Urban Adolescents

Duncan DT. Putting Health and Behavior in Context: Current Knowledge and Future Directions on Research Embracing Ecological Perspectives. Behav Med. 2015 Jul-Sep;41(3):172-6.

Rationale, Design and Methods of the Ecological Study of Sexual Behaviors and HIV/STI among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Southeastern United States (The MARI Study)

Health App Use Among U.S. Mobile Phone Owners: A National Study.

Duncan DT, Kapadia F, Regan SD, Goedel WC*, Levy MD, Barton S, Friedman SR, Halkitis PN. Feasibility and Acceptability of Global Positioning System (GPS) Methods to Study the Spatial Contexts of Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young Men who Have Sex with Men in New York City: A P18 Cohort Sub-study. PLoS ONE. 2016 Feb 26; 11(2): e0147520.

Piccolo RS, Duncan DT, Pearce N, McKinlay JB. The role of neighborhood characteristics in racial/ethnic disparities in type 2 diabetes: Results from the Boston Community Health (BACH) Survey. Social Science and Medicine. 2015; 130: 79-90.

Goedel WC*, Halkitis PN, Greene RE, Duncan DT. Correlates of Awareness of and Willingness to Use Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Use Geosocial-Networking Smartphone Applications in New York City. AIDS & Behavior. in press.