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Rigg, Khary, PhD

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Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (813) 974-5476
Office: MHC 2716
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Curriculum Vitae

Khary Rigg, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at University of South Florida. He is a behavioral health services researcher with over 15 years of experience studying substance use disorders. He earned his Ph.D. in medical sociology from University of Miami and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Rigg also has appointments in the Department of Sociology, Department of Criminology, Florida Mental Health Institute, and Center for Justice Research & Policy.

His research is focused on the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. As a health services researcher, Dr. Rigg's research aims to improve service provision to people with addictive disorders across healthcare, criminal justice, and community settings. His most recent projects focus on improving recovery outcomes for methadone patients and their families, reducing racial/ethnic and urban-rural disparities in drug-related harm, and understanding the unmet nutritional needs of addiction patients.

Dr. Rigg specializes in community-based participatory research approaches, qualitative and mixed-methods designs, and has been involved in numerous studies using focus groups, in-depth interviewing, and photovoice. His work also involves secondary analysis of large datasets to identify substance use trends and risk factors. He is currently Addiction Editor for Annals of Medicine and serves on the editorial boards for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Drug & Alcohol Dependence, Harm Reduction Journal, and Qualitative Social Work

Follow him on Twitter (@krigg01) or read his Psychology Today blog to learn more about his research.


  • B.S., Florida International University
  • M.S., University of Miami
  • Ph.D., University of Miami

Research Interests

  • Drug Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction
  • Opioid Addiction and Overdose
  • Community-Based Interventions/Research
  • Drug-Related HIV Transmission
  • Mixed Methods/Qualitative Research

Recent Publications

Drug Prevention

Rigg, K. K., & Johnson, M. E. (2022). Preventing opioid misuse: Racial/ethnic differences in the protective effects of extracurricular activities among justice-involved youth. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 83(3), 402-411.  

Rohrer, L. Ismajli, F., & Rigg, K. K. (2021). Psychometric properties of the LifeSkills Training Middle School Health Survey. Psychology in the Schools, 58(12), 2374-2391.

Rigg, K. K., & Menendez, K. (2018). Drug prevention programs in schools: Selecting program providers. Health Education Journal, 77(5), 586-597.

Rigg, K. K., McLean, K., Monnat, S. M., Sterner III, G. E., & Verdery, A. M. (2018). Opioid misuse initiation: Implications for intervention. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 37(3-4), 111-122.

Drug Treatment

Proctor, S., Lipsey, J., & Rigg, K. K. (2022). The insanity of addiction treatment in America. Addiction Research & Theory. Published online.

Johnson, K., Rigg, K. K., & Eyles-Hopkins, C. (2020). Receiving addiction treatment in the US: Do patient demographics, drug of choice, or substance use disorder severity matter? International Journal of Drug Policy, 75, 89-98.

Rigg, K. K., & Rigg, M. S. (2020). Opioid-induced hearing loss and neonatal abstinence syndrome: Clinical considerations for audiologists and recommendations for future research. American Journal of Audiology, 29(4), 701-709.

Chavez, M. & Rigg, K. K. (2020). Nutritional implications of opioid use disorder: A guide for drug treatment providers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34(6), 699–707.

Harm Reduction

Szalavitz, M., Rigg, K. K., & Wakeman, S. E. (2021). Drug dependence is not addiction—and it matters. Annals of Medicine, 53(1), 1989-1992.

Rigg, K. K., & Sharp, A. (2018). Nonmedical prescription drug use among African Americans who use MDMA (ecstasy/molly): Implications for risk reduction. Addictive Behaviors, 79, 159-165. 

Rigg, K. K., & Sharp, A. (2018). Deaths related to MDMA (ecstasy/molly): Prevalence, root causes, and harm reduction interventions. Journal of Substance Use, 23(4), 345-352.

Rigg, K. K. (2017). Motivations for MDMA (ecstasy/molly) use among African-Americans: Implications for prevention and harm reduction programs. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 49(3), 192-200.

Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Nicholson, H., & Rigg, K. K. (2022). Prescription opioid misuse among Black and White older adults. Addiction Research & Theory, 30(1), 25-32.

Rigg, K. K., & Mills, A. (2020). Sexual risk behaviors among African Americans who use MDMA (molly/ecstasy): Implications for HIV prevention. Social Work in Public Health, 35(5), 282-292.

Rigg, K. K., & Nicholson, H. (2019). Prescription opioid misuse among African-American adults: A rural-urban comparison of prevalence and risk. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 197, 191-196.

Ford, J. A., & Rigg, K. K. (2015). Racial/ethnic differences in factors that place adolescents at risk for prescription opioid misuse. Prevention Science, 16(5), 633-641.

Urban-Rural Disparities

Rigg, K. K., Monnat, S., & Chavez, M. (2018). Opioid-related mortality in rural America: Geographic heterogeneity and intervention strategies. International Journal of Drug Policy, 57, 119-129.

McLean, K., Monnat, S. M., Rigg, K. K., Sterner III, G. E., & Verdery, A. (2019). “You never know what you’re getting”: opioid users’ perceptions of fentanyl in southwest Pennsylvania. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(6), 955-966.

Monnat, S. M., & Rigg, K. K. (2016). Examining rural/urban differences in prescription opioid misuse among U.S. adolescents. Journal of Rural Health, 32(2), 204–218.

Rigg, K. K., & Monnat, S. M. (2015). Urban vs. rural differences in prescription opioid misuse among adults in the United States: Informing region-specific drug policies and interventions. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, 484-491.

Community-Based Health Interventions/Research

Rigg, K. K., & Kosyluk, K. (2021). Developing and evaluating community-based health interventions: The role of data. In Community-Based Service Delivery: Theory and Implementation. (pp. 40-54). Routledge.

Rigg, K. K., McNeish, R., & Schadrac, D. (2019). Community needs of minority male youth living in inner-city Chicago. Children and Youth Services Review. 98, 284-289.

Rigg, K. K., Sharp, A., Conner, K. O., & Moore, K. A. (2019). Re-examining the role of patients in community-based health interventions. In Community-based health interventions in an institutional context (pp. 125-138). Springer.

McNeish, R., Rigg, K. K., Tran, Q., & Hodges, S. (2019). Community-based behavioral health interventions: Developing strong community partnerships. Evaluation and Program Planning, 73, 111-115.