Brian M. Rivers, PhD, MPH

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Brian M. Rivers, PhD, MPH

Assistant Member

Office  (813) 745-6448

Education And Training
  • PhD, University of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004 - Health Education and Health Promotion
  • MPH, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2000 - Social and Behavioral Science
  • BS, Vanderbilt University, 1997 - Biology

The focus of Dr. River’s research is men’s oncology, with a particular focus on medically underserved populations and cancer health disparities.  Over the past decade, Dr. Rivers’s efforts have focused primarily on community-based participatory research and implementation of evidenced-based behavioral and educational interventions. Based on the intrinsic linkages of culture, literacy, and communication channels, the utility of emerging technologies and the application of the community health worker (CHW) model among minority men is an integral thread in Dr. Rivers’ work. This approach has been actualized in several key research projects involving the application of the CHW model among African-American men in select community venues, barbershops and churches.  Recent NIH funding has allowed Dr. Rivers to better understand the mechanisms of the informed decision making process for prostate cancer screening through the delivery of community-based education. A second study Dr. Rivers leads seeks to establish a church-based educational program, using the CHW model, for cancer survivors and their spouses to address their unmet educational and psychosocial needs.

  • Davis JL, Rivers BM, Rivers D, Tucker CM, Desmond FF, Arthur TM, Wippold GM, Green BL. A Community-Level Assessment of Barriers to Preventive Health Behaviors Among Culturally Diverse Men. Am J Mens Health. 2015 Mar. Pubmedid: 25787987.
  • Davis SN, Sutton SK, Vadaparampil ST, Meade CD, Rivers BM, Patel MV, Torres-Roca JF, Heysek RV, Spiess P, Pow-Sang J, Jacobsen PB, Gwede CK. Informed decision making among first-degree relatives of prostate cancer survivors: A pilot randomized trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Nov;39(2):327-334. Pubmedid: 25465497. Pmcid: PMC4274628.
  • Skolarus TA, Wolf AM, Erb NL, Brooks DD, Rivers BM, Underwood W, Salner AL, Zelefsky MJ, Aragon-Ching JB, Slovin SF, Wittmann DA, Hoyt MA, Sinibaldi VJ, Chodak G, Pratt-Chapman ML, Cowens-Alvarado RL. American Cancer Society prostate cancer survivorship care guidelines. CA-Cancer J Clin. 2014 Sep;64(4):225-249. Pubmedid: 24916760.
  • Sultan DH, Rivers BM, Osongo BO, Wilson DS, Schenck A, Carvajal R, Rivers D, Roetzheim R, Green BL. Affecting African American Men's Prostate Cancer Screening Decision-making through a Mobile Tablet-Mediated Intervention. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Aug;25(3):1262-1277. Pubmedid: 25130238. Pmcid: PMC4160127.
  • Gwede CK, Davis SN, Wilson S, Patel M, Vadaparampil ST, Meade CD, Rivers BM, Yu D, Torres-Roca J, Heysek R, Spiess PE, Pow-Sang J, Jacobsen P. Perceptions of Prostate Cancer Screening Controversy and Informed Decision Making: Implications for Development of a Targeted Decision Aid for Unaffected Male First-Degree Relatives. Am J Health Promot. 2014 Jun. Pubmedid: 24968183. Pmcid: PMC4277494.
  • Rivers BM, Bernhardt JM, Fleisher L, Green BL. Opportunities and challenges of using technology to address health disparities. Future Oncol. 2014 Mar;10(4):519-522. Pubmedid: 24754582.
  • Wilson DS, Dapic V, Sultan DH, August EM, Green BL, Roetzheim R, Rivers B. Establishing the infrastructure to conduct comparative effectiveness research toward the elimination of disparities: a community-based participatory research framework. Health Promot Pract. 2013 Nov;14(6):893-900. Pubmedid: 23431128. Pmcid: PMC4163786.
  • Green BL, Rivers DA, Kumar N, Baldwin J, Rivers BM, Sultan D, Jacobsen P, Gordon LE, Davis J, Roetzheim R. Establishing the infrastructure to comprehensively address cancer disparities: a model for transdisciplinary approaches. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov;24(4):1614-1623. Pubmedid: 24185157. Pmcid: PMC4163783.
  • Davis JL, Grant CG, Rivers BM, Rivera-Colón V, Ramos R, Antolino P, Harris E, Green BL. The prostate cancer screening controversy: addressing bioethical concerns at a community health promotion event for men. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 Nov;23(4 Suppl):11-14. Pubmedid: 23124496.
  • Grant CG, Davis JL, Rivers BM, Rivera-Colón V, Ramos R, Antolino P, Harris E, Green BL. The men's health forum: an initiative to address health disparities in the community. J Community Health. 2012 Aug;37(4):773-780. Pubmedid: 22105601.
  • Rivers BM, August EM, Quinn GP, Gwede CK, Pow-Sang JM, Green BL, Jacobsen PB. Understanding the Psychosocial Issues of African American Couples Surviving Prostate Cancer. J Cancer Educ. 2012 Jun;27(3):546-558. Pubmedid: 22544536.
  • Faul LA, Rivers B, Shibata D, Townsend I, Cabrera P, Quinn GP, Jacobsen PB. Survivorship care planning in colorectal cancer: feedback from survivors & providers. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2012;30(2):198-216. Pubmedid: 22416956. Pmcid: PMC3767406.
  • Wells KJ, Meade CD, Calcano E, Lee JH, Rivers D, Roetzheim RG. Innovative approaches to reducing cancer health disparities: the Moffitt Cancer Center Patient Navigator Research Program. J Cancer Educ. 2011 Dec;26(4):649-657. Pubmedid: 21573740. Pmcid: PMC3679887.
  • Luque JS, Rivers BM, Gwede CK, Kambon M, Green BL, Meade CD. Barbershop communications on prostate cancer screening using barber health advisers. Am J Mens Health. 2011 Mar;5(2):129-139. Pubmedid: 20413392. Pmcid: PMC3690815.
  • Pal T, Rocchio E, Garcia A, Rivers D, Vadaparampil S. Recruitment of black women for a study of inherited breast cancer using a cancer registry-based approach. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2011 Jan-Feb;15(1-2):69-77. Pubmedid: 21117951.
  • Rivers BM, August EM, Gwede CK, Hart A, Donovan KA, Pow-Sang JM, Quinn GP. Psychosocial issues related to sexual functioning among African-American prostate cancer survivors and their spouses. Psychooncology. 2011 Jan;20(1):106-110. Pubmedid: 20187071.
  • Odedina FT, Akinremi TO, Chinegwundoh F, Roberts R, Yu D, Reams RR, Freedman ML, Rivers B, Green BL, Kumar N. Prostate cancer disparities in Black men of African descent: a comparative literature review of prostate cancer burden among Black men in the United States, Caribbean, United Kingdom, and West Africa. Infect Agent Cancer. 2010 Jun;4 Suppl 1:S2. Pubmedid: 19208207. Pmcid: PMC2638461.
  • Luque JS, Rivers BM, Kambon M, Brookins R, Green BL, Meade CD. Barbers against prostate cancer: a feasibility study for training barbers to deliver prostate cancer education in an urban African American community. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Mar;25(1):96-100. Pubmedid: 20146044. Pmcid: PMC2862382.
  • Gwede CK, Ward BG, Luque JS, Vadaparampil ST, Rivers D, Martinez-Tyson D, Noel-Thomas S, Meade CD. Application of Geographic Information Systems and Asset Mapping to Facilitate Identification of Colorectal Cancer Screening Resources. Online J Public Health Inform. 2010 Jan;2(1):2893. Pubmedid: 20976019.
  • Hart A J, Underwood SM, Smith WR, Bowen DJ, Rivers BM, Jones RA, Parker D, Allen JC. Recruiting African-American barbershops for prostate cancer education. J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Sep;100(9):1012-1020. Pubmedid: 18807428.
  • Jones R, Underwood S, Rivers B. Reducing prostate cancer morbidity and mortality in African American men: issues and challenges. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2007 Dec;11(6):865-872. Pubmedid: 18063545.
  • McCallum JM, Arekere DM, Green BL, Katz RV, Rivers BM. Awareness and knowledge of the U.S. Public Health Service syphilis study at Tuskegee: implications for biomedical research. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2006 Nov;17(4):716-733. Pubmedid: 17242526. Pmcid: PMC1828138.
  • Green B, Lewis R, Wang M, Person S, Rivers B. Powerlessness, destiny, and control: the influence on health behaviors of African Americans. J Community Health. 2004 Feb;29(1):15-27. Pubmedid: 14768932.
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