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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


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.

I am currently leading a cohort study that is assessing bicycle share program effects on physical activity; this work includes looking at income-disparities in program effects. I am seeking epidemiology and biostatistics students who are interested in longitudinal methods, GIS methods, urban health, active transport and physical activity, and policy impacts on obesity and health behaviors that relate to chronic disease.

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)

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)

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).

Li J*, Auchincloss AH, Yang Y, Rodriguez DA and Sanchez BN. Associations of neighborhood characteristics with transport walking: Exploring multiple pathways of influence using a structural equation modeling approach. Journal of Transport Geography. 2019 under review.

Auchincloss AH, Michael YL, Fuller D, Li S*, Niamatullah S*, Fillmore C*, Setubal C and Bettigole C. Description of a cohort of new bicycle share members: the Drexel Neighborhood and Transportation Study. Journal of Transport & Health. 2020 In press.

Zhong Y*, Auchincloss AH, Lee BK, McKenna RM and Langellier BA. Sugar-sweetened and diet beverage consumption in Philadelphia one year after the beverage tax. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020. 17(4), 1336. DOI:

Li J*, Auchincloss AH, Rodriguez DA, Moore KA, Diez Roux AV and Sanchez BN. Determinants of residential preferences related to built and social environments and concordance between neighborhood characteristics and preferences. Journal of Urban Health. 2019 in press.

Auchincloss AH, Michael YL, Kuder JF*, Shi J*, Khan S* and Ballester LS*. Changes in physical activity after building a greenway in a disadvantaged urban community: A natural experiment. Prev Med Rep. 2019;15:100941. PMCID: PMC6627031 DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100941

Pérez-Ferrer C*, Auchincloss AH, Kroker MF, Cardoso LO, Menezes MC, Barrientos-Gutierrez T. The food environment in Latin America: a systematic review with a focus on environments relevant to obesity and related chronic diseases. Public Health Nutr. 2019;22:3447-3464. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980019002891

Fuller D, Luan H, Buote R, Auchincloss AH. Impact of a public transit strike on public bicycle share use: an interrupted time series natural experiment study. Journal of Transport & Health. 2019. 13, 137-142.

Bilal U, Auchincloss AH, Diez Roux AV. Neighborhood environments and diabetes risk and control. Curr Diab Rep. 2018;18:62. PMCID: PMC2999525  DOI: 10.1007/s11892-018-1032-2

Peer-reviewed research articles in Google Scholar.