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Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH

Amy Auchincloss

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


I am a social and environmental epidemiologist. My research focuses on social and environmental determinants of chronic health conditions. My on-going work examines risk factors within residential environments that influence health behaviors related to obesity and health outcomes such as type 2 diabetes. My recent work has been focused on studying policies that affect restaurant environments and diet, smoking behavior, new pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure, and physical activity outcomes. In addition, I have studied air pollution epidemiology and policies/infrastructure that promote or deter automobile use. In my work, I use spatial/GIS and advanced epidemiologic methods as well as simulation tools from complex systems modeling.

Examples of Doctoral Student Advisee Research:

  • The effect of macro-level factors (policies, prices, and neighborhood social environment) on smoking behavior in two multi-ethnic cohorts of U.S. adults (Stephanie Mayne)
  • The price of unhealthy food relative to healthy food and the association with dietary quality, diabetes, and insulin resistance in a multi-ethnic population (David Kern)
  • The impact of taxes and price promotions on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (Yichen Zhong)

Examples of Masters Student Advisee Research:

  • Associations between fast food locations, dietary intake, and hypertension (Xiao Cong)
  • How healthy are chain restaurant menu items and what are customers purchasing? (Samantha Belitz)
  • Assessment of physical activity levels after a greenway was built in SW Philadelphia (Jinggoafu Shi)
  • Active transportation associations with body mass index and chronic health conditions (Kelly King)
  • Associations between objective assessment vs. survey perceptions of active transportation environments (Saima Niamatullah)
  • Proximity and density of alcohol outlets and alcohol consumption (Maura Adams)
  • Associations between natural disaster risk and youth mental health outcomes (Meghan Donnelly)
  • Obesogenic environments and teen obesity in urban settings (Laura McCarver)

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 research fellow/student)

Auchincloss AH, Michael YL, Niamatullah S*, Li S*, Melly SJ, Pharis ML, Fuller D. Changes in physical activity after joining a bikeshare program: a cohort of new bikeshare users. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2022.19(132):1-14.

De Ramos IP*, Auchincloss AH, Bilal U. Exploring inequalities in life expectancy and lifespan variation by race/ethnicity and urbanicity in the United States: 1990 to 2019. SSM Popul Health. 2022, 19:101230.

Li J*, Peterson A, Auchincloss AH, Hirsch JA, Rodriguez DA, Melly S, Moore KA, Diez Roux AV, Sánchez BN. Comparing effects of Euclidean buffers and network buffers on associations between built environment and transport walking: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. International Journal of Health Geographics. 2022, 21(1):12.

Ramírez Toscano Y*, Pérez Ferrer C, Bilal U, Auchincloss AH, Barrientos Gutiérrez T. Socioeconomic deprivation and changes in the retail food environment of Mexico from 2010 to 2020. Health Place. 2022, 77:102865.

Auchincloss AH, Niamatullah S*, Adams M*, Melly SJ, Li J, Lazo M. Alcohol outlets and alcohol consumption in changing environments: prevalence and changes over time. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 2022;17:1-12.

Li J*,Auchincloss AH, Hirsch JA, Melly SJ, Moore KA, Peterson A, Sánchez BN. Exploring the spatial scale effects of built environments on transport walking: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Health Place. 2022;73:102722. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102722.

Peer-reviewed research articles in Google Scholar.