Brian Rivers, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Brian Rivers, Ph.D., M.P.H. 


Cancer Health Equity Institute

Location: National Center for Primary Care
Phone: (404) 752-1127


University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior

Morehouse School of Medicine
Degree: Master of Science in Public Health - Social and Behavioral Science

Vanderbilt University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology

Research Interests

Community-based participatory research, cancer health disparities, mobile health, integrated biological and behavioral science


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):1614-23. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0186. PMID: 24185157; PMCID: PMC4163783.

*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. doi: 10.1177/1524839913475451. Epub 2013 Feb 21. PMID: 23431128; PMCID: PMC4163786.

Rivers BM, Bernhardt JM, Fleisher L, Green BL. Opportunities and Challenges of Using Technology to Address Health Disparities. Future Oncology. 2014;10(4):519-22. PMID: 24754582.

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 26. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24968183; PMCID: PMC4277494.

Skolarus TA, Wolf AM, Erb NL, Brooks DD, Rivers BM, Underwood W 3rd, 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 Jul-Aug;64(4):225-49. doi: 10.3322/caac.21234. Epub 2014 Jun 10. Erratum in: CA Cancer J Clin. 2014 Nov-Dec;64(6):445. PMID: 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):1262-77. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0148. PMID: 25130238; PMCID: PMC4160127.

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):327-34. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2014.10.007. Epub 2014 Oct 23. PMID: 25465497; PMCID: PMC4274628.

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 17. pii: 1557988315575997. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25787987.

Tucker CM, Wippold GM, Guastello AD, Arthur TM, Desmond FF, Rivers BM, Davis JL, Rivers D, Green BL. Predictors of Cancer Screening among Culturally Diverse Men. American Journal of Men’s Health. 2016 April 26. PMID: 27118456.

*Ojeaga A., Alema-Mensah E., Rivers DA., Azonobi I., Rivers B. Racial Disparities in HPV-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Among African American and White Women in the USA. Journal of Cancer Education. 2017 August 14. PMID: 28808906.

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*Denotes Research Mentee

Honors and Awards

2017 - Chair-Elect, Minorities in Cancer Research Council, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

2015 - Council Member, National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH

2014 - "Division of Population Science 2014 Award for Outstanding Faculty Performance" in Health Outcomes & Behavior

2010 - Health Disparities Scholar, NIH National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program

2008 - Health Disparities Scholar, NIH National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program