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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.

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)

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, Li J, Moore KA, Franco M, Mujahid MS, Moore LV. Are neighborhood restaurants related to frequency of restaurant meals and dietary quality?: Prevalence and changes over time in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Under review, 2020.

Zhong Y*, Auchincloss AH, Stehr M, Langellier BA. Are price discounts on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) linked to household SSB purchases? Under review, 2020.

Pérez-Ferrer C, Auchincloss AH, Barrientos-Gutierrez T, Colchero MA, de Oliveira Cardoso L, Carvalho de Menezes M, Bilal U. Longitudinal changes in the retail food environment in Mexico and their association with diabetes. Health Place. 2020. 66, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102461.

Prado-Galbarro FJ*, Auchincloss AH, Pérez-Ferrer C, Sánchez-Franco S, Barrientos-Gutierrez T. Adolescent tobacco exposure in 31 Latin American cities before and after the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020, 17, 7423. PMID: 33053821 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17207423.

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. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020. 17(4), 1336. PMID: 32092982; PMCID: PMC7068482; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17041336.

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. 2020 85(102703) PMID: 32655214  DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102703.

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. 16(100836), 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2020.100836.

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. 2020; 97, 62–77. PMID: 31773559 PMCID: PMC7010883 DOI: 10.1007/s11524-019-00397-7.

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.

Peer-reviewed research articles in Google Scholar