Rigg, Khary, PhD

Rigg, Khary, PhD

Khary Rigg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy and a Faculty Affiliate of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Rigg also holds a courtesy appointment within USF’s Sociology Department. Dr. Rigg received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Rigg is a health services and policy researcher with over 15 years of experience studying substance use disorders. Prior to coming to USF in 2013, he worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Delaware’s Center for Drug & Alcohol Studies and Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities. The overall goal of his research is to generate findings that improve the way drug prevention, treatment, and harm reduction interventions are developed and delivered. Dr. Rigg’s research sits at the intersection of addiction, public health, and medicine, and focuses on three main areas: 1) opioid misuse/mortality,  2) drug use within club/nightlife settings, and 3) community-based behavioral health interventions/research. He has conducted studies on underserved populations including drug treatment clients, active street-based users, methadone patients, military veterans, adolescents, and racial/ethnic minorities. Dr. Rigg uses community-based participatory research approaches, qualitative and mixed-methods designs, as well as secondary analysis of large CDC and SAMHSA datasets.


• B.S., Florida International University

• M.S., University of Miami

• Ph.D., University of Miami

Research Interests

• Drug Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction

• Opioid Misuse and Mortality/Club Drug Use

• Community-Based Interventions/Research

• Social Determinants of Behavioral Health

• Mixed Methods/Qualitative Research

Recent Publications

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

McLean, K., Rigg, K. K.,Monnat, S., Sterner, G., & Verdery, A. (2019). “You never know what you’re getting”: Opioid users’ perceptions of fentanyl in southwest Pennsylvania. Substance Use & Misuse. Published online.

Rigg, K. K.,McLean, K., Monnat, S., Sterner, G., &. Verdery, A. (2019). Nonmedical opioid use onset: Implications for intervention. Journal of Addictive Diseases. Published online

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

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

Rigg, K. K., Sharp, A., Conner, K., Moore, K. (2019). A new role for patients in community-based interventions. In Steven Arxer & John Murphy (Eds.), Community-based Health Interventions in an Institutional Context. New York, NY: Springer.

Monnat, S. M., & Rigg, K. K. (2018). The opioid crisis in rural and small town America. Carsey Research National Policy Brief, 135, 1-6.

Lawental, M., Kipnis, A., & Rigg, K. K. (2018). Binge drinking in young adults: Application of the theory of planned behavior. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 23(9), 1-9.

Conner, K.O., Rigg, K. K., Yu, L., Meng, H., Pilkonis, P., & Brown, C. (2018). Psychometric properties of the attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment scale. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 25(1), 23-31. 

Rigg, K. K., Engelman, D., & Ramirez, J. (2018). A community-based approach to primary health care. In Steven Arxer & John Murphy (Eds.), International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice (pp. 105-117). New York, NY: Springer.

Rigg, K. K., & Estreet, A.(2018). MDMA (ecstasy/molly) use among African-Americans: The perceived influence of hip-hop/rap music. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. Published online.

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., & Lawental, M.(2018). Perceived risk associated with MDMA (ecstasy/molly) use among African-Americans. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(7), 1076-1083.

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

Rigg, K. K. (2018). MDMA (ecstasy/molly) use among African-Americans: Patterns of initiation. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 16(3), 662-671.

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

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.

Szalavitz, M., & Rigg, K. K. (2017). The curious (dis)connection between the opioid epidemic and crime. Substance Use & Misuse. 49(14), 1927-1931.

Moore, K., Barongi, M., Rigg, K. K. (2017). Experiences of young adult offenders who completed a drug court treatment program. Qualitative Health Research, 27(5), 750-758.

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.

Murphy, J. W., & Rigg, K. K. (2016). Rethinking causality in the social sciences: Implications for research and health interventions. In Jared A. Jaworski (Ed.), Advances in Sociology Research (pp. 1-12). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Rigg, K. K., & Monnat, S. M. (2015). Comparing characteristics of prescription painkiller misusers and heroin users in the United States. Addictive Behaviors, 51, 106-112.

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.

Monnat, S. M., & Rigg, K. K. (2015). Rural adolescents are more likely than their urban peers to abuse prescription painkillers. Carsey Research National Policy Brief, (32), 1-2.

True, J. G., Rigg, K. K., & Butler, A. (2015). Understanding barriers to mental health care for recent war veterans through photovoice. Qualitative Health Research, 25(10), 1443-1455.

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.

Murphy, J. W., & Rigg, K. K. (2014). Clarifying the philosophy behind the Community Mental Health Act and community-based interventions. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(3), 285-298.

Rigg, K. K., & Ford, J. (2014). The misuse of benzodiazepines among adolescents: Psychosocial risk factors in a national sample. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 137(1), 137-142.

Rigg, K. K., &DeCamp, W. (2014). Explaining prescription opioid misuse among veterans: A theory-based analysis using structural equation modeling. Military Behavioral Health, 2(2), 210-216.

Rigg, K. K., Cook, H. H., Murphy, J. W. (2014). Expanding the scope and relevance of health interventions: Moving beyond clinical trials and behavior change models. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, 9:24743.

Ibañez, G. E., Levi-Minzi, M., Rigg, K. K., & Mooss, A. D. (2013). Diversion of benzodiazepines through healthcare sources. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 45(1), 48–56.

Rigg, K. K., & Murphy, J. W. (2013).Understanding the etiology of prescription opioid abuse: Implications for prevention and treatment. Qualitative Health Research,23(7), 963-975.

Rigg, K. K., & Murphy, J. W. (2013). Storylines as a neglected tool for mental health service providers and researchers. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction,11(4), 431-440.

Rigg, K. K., & Wilson, G. (2013). Can patient-physician race concordance improve health outcomes for African-American HIV patients? Evidence, insights, and implications. In M. S. Harris (Ed.), African-American perspectives: Family dynamics, healthcare issues, and the role of ethnic identity (pp. 155-168). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Rigg, K. K., Kurtz, S. P., & Surratt, H. L. (2012). Patterns of prescription medication diversion among drug dealers. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 19(2), 145-155.

Rigg, K. K., &Ibañez, G. E. (2010). Motivations for non-medical prescription drug use: A mixed methods analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39(3), 236-247.

Rigg, K. K., March, S., & Inciardi, J. A. (2010). Prescription drug abuse and diversion: Role of the pain clinic. Journal of Drug Issues, 40(3), 681-702.