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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 student)

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

Auchincloss AH, Michael YL, Shi J, Khan S, Ballester LS, Kuder J. Community level physical activity response to building a greenway in a disadvantaged urban community. Under review.

Pérez Ferrer C*, Auchincloss AH, Kroker F, de Oliveira Cardoso L, 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. Under review.

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. Under review.

Bilal U, Auchincloss AH, Diez Roux AV. Neighborhood environments and diabetes risk and control. Curr Diab Rep. 2018;18:62.

Zhong Y*, Auchincloss AH, Lee BK, Kanter GP. The short-term impacts of the Philadelphia beverage tax on beverage consumption. Am J Prev Med. 2018;55:26-34.

Schinasi LH, Auchincloss AH, Forrest CB, Diez Roux AV. Using electronic health record data for environmental and place-based population health research: a systematic review. Ann Epidemiol. 2018;28:493-502.

Mayne SL*, Auchincloss AH, Tabb LP, Stehr M, Shikany JM, Schreiner PJ, Widome R, Gordon-Larsen P. Associations of bar and restaurant smoking bans with smoking behavior in the CARDIA study: a 25-year study. Am J Epidemiol. 2018;187:1250-1258

Kern DM*, Auchincloss AH, Stehr MF, Roux AVD, Moore LV, Kanter GP, Robinson LF. Neighborhood prices of healthier and unhealthier foods and associations with diet quality: evidence from The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017;14:1394(E-pub pages 1-14).

Peer-reviewed research articles in Google Scholar.