Khary Rigg, PhD

CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Health Services Research & Development Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center


Public Health Interests:

Prescription Drug Abuse/Diversion; HIV Prevention/Treatment; Disparities in Health /Healthcare

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

Khary Rigg is the Health Services Research & Development Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Medical Sociology, with a secondary specialization in Race/Ethnic Relations. His research primarily focuses on issues of substance use and health disparities. Dr. Rigg has held research positions at Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami, and University of Delaware working on NIDA funded projects that tested behavioral interventions and explored drug use trends among drug treatment clients, gay/bisexual men, high-risk African-American women, and HIV patients. Most recently, Dr. Rigg's research has examined an important and emerging public health issue: prescription drug abuse (e.g., pain medications, sedatives). His publications include articles on prescription drug abuse motivations, methods of acquisition (diversion), and patterns of onset. He is also interested in how cultural differences between patient and provider can impact health outcomes among vulnerable populations. Dr. Rigg currently investigates these issues within the VA health care system with an eye towards improving equity and quality of care.

Select Publications:

Rigg, Khary and George Wilson. "Is Patient-Physician Race Concordance Important for African-American HIV Patients? Evidence, Insights, and Implications" (Forthcoming in African-American Perspectives: Family Dynamics, Health Care Issues, and the Role of Ethnic Identity)

Rigg, Khary, Steven Kurtz, and Hilary Surratt. 2012. "Patterns of Prescription Medication Diversion among Drug Dealers." Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 19(2), 145-155.

Rigg, Khary and Gladys IbaƱez. 2010. "Motivations for Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use: A Mixed Methods Analysis." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39(3), 236-247.

Rigg, Khary, Samantha March, and James Inciardi. 2010. "Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion: Role of the Pain Clinic." Journal of Drug Issues, 40(3), 681-702.