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Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH

Amy Auchincloss

Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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BA, History, Wesleyan University; MPH, Population and Family Health, Columbia University; PhD, Epidemiology, University of Michigan


Dr. Auchincloss is a social and environmental epidemiologist. Her research focuses on methods development and social and environmental determinants of chronic health conditions. Her on-going work examines risk factors within residential environments that influence health behaviors related to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Recent work has been focused on studying policies that affect restaurant environments and diet as well as studying new pedestrian/bicycle infrastracture and physical activity outcomes. She has used spatial/GIS methods as well as simulation tools from complex systems modeling in order to examine these topics. She has also studied air pollution epidemiology.

Doctoral Student Advisees

Stephanie Mayne. Dissertation: “The effect of macro-level factors (policies, prices, and neighborhood social environment) on smoking behavior in two multi-ethnic cohorts of U.S. adults”. Completed August 2016.

David Kern. Dissertation: “The price of unhealthy food relative to healthy food and the association with diet quality, diabetes, and Iinsulin resistance in a multi-ethnic population” Completed 2016-17. Yichen Zhong, MHS. Completing 2019-20.

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Data Analysis Methods
  • Diabetes
  • Global health or International health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Nutrition
  • Spatial Analysis or GIS
  • Urban Health


New publications under review/in press (*mentored student)

Kern DM*,Auchincloss AH, Robinson LF, et al. The variation of healthy and unhealthy food prices across neighborhoods and their association with neighborhood socioeconomic status and proportion black/hispanic. Under review

Kern DM*, Auchincloss AH, Stehr MF et al.. The association between the relative price of healthy versus unhealthy food and dietary quality. Under review

Kern DM*, Auchincloss AH, Robinson LF, Ballester LS. Neighborhood variation in the price of soda relative to milk and its association with neighborhood socioeconomic status and race. Public Health Nutrition. In-press (epub 30 June 2016)

Mayne SL*, Auchincloss AH, Stehr MF, et al. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of local cigarette prices and smoking bans with smoking behavior in the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Under review

Mayne SL*, Auchincloss AH, Moore K, et al. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of neighborhood social environment and smoking behavior: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. In-press.

Mayne SL*, Lee BK, Auchincloss AH. Evaluating propensity score methods in a quasi-experimental study of the impact of menu-labeling. PloS one. 2015;10

Gavin K, Bennett A, Auchincloss AH, Katenta A*. A brief study exploring social equity within bicycle share programs. Transp Letters. 2016;8:177-180.

Whitfield GP, Wendel AM, Auchincloss AH. Ecological analysis of parking prices and active commuting in US cities, 2009. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016;13:E123:1-3

Auchincloss AH, Garcia L. A brief introductory guide to agent-based modeling and an illustration from urban health research. Cadernos de Saúde Pública (Brasil). 2015;31:S65-S78

Peer-reviewed research articles in Google Scholar.