Director of the Cancer Health Equity Institute Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)Biography
Dr. Rivers is the Director of the Cancer Health Equity Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Dr. Rivers is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in cancer disparities research and currently serves as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NACMHD). Dr. Rivers is an active member in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) community and regularly serves on the faculty for the Scientist to Survivor program. More recently, Dr. Rivers was elected to serve as Chairperson for the Minorities in Cancer Research Council of the AACR. Dr. Rivers is a behavioral scientist with a broad background in implementation science and public health, with specific training and expertise in health behavior research methodologies for addressing health disparities, such as the lay health model and Community-based Participatory Research framework. Dr. Rivers' specific program of research is focused on addressing prostate cancer disparities among African Americans and exploring the role of novel communication interventions, such as mobile health technology. Currently, Dr. Rivers is leading several large randomized controlled trials, funded by NIH and NIMHD R01, to evaluate and characterize app usage and acceptability for education and care coordination among African American men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Dr. Rivers is Multiple-Principal Investigator for the NIH NCI funded U54 Cancer Research Partnership between MSM, Tuskegee University, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center (UAB CCC). Dr. Rivers also directs the Integrating Special Populations Program of the NIH NCATS funded Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance.