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Faculty and Staff Research Publications: Rahim-Williams, Bridgett

This guide provides information on the publications of Bethune-Cookman University Faculty, Administration, and Staff.

Selected Publications

Rahim-Williams, B, Riley, JL., III, Fillingim, RB.  A quantitative review of ethnic group differences in experimental pain response: do biology, psychology, and culture matter?   Pain Medicine. Pain Med. 2012 Apr;13(4):522-40.


Rahim-Williams, B.  Beliefs, Behaviors and Modifications of Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management among African American Women Journal of the National Medical Association, 2011;103(3).


Rahim-Williams, B., Tomar, S. Blanchard, S. Riley III , JL., Influences of adult-onset diabetes on orofacial pain and related health behaviors, J Public Health Dent 2010;70:85


Rahim-Williams, FB, Riley III, JL., Herrera, D, Campbell, C, Hastie, BA., and Fillingim, RB.  Ethnic Identity Predicts Experimental Pain Sensitivity among African Americans and Hispanics, PAIN 2007;129:177-184.


Robert L. Cook, Christa L. Cook, Manju Karki, Kathleen M. Weber, Kathleen A. Thoma, Chelsea M. Loy, Lakshmi Goparaju, Bridgett Rahim-Williams.  Perceived benefits and negative consequences of alcohol consumption in women living with HIV:  A qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 2016 Mar 15;16:263. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2928-x.


Henderson, W.A., Rahim-Williams, B., Kim, K.  Martino, A.C., Abey, S.K., Sherwin, L.B., Fourie, N.H., Heitkemper, M.M., Zuccolotto, A.P.  The gastrointestinal pain pointer (GIPP):  A valid and innovative method to assess gastrointestinal symptoms. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2015 Dec 10. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:26657836.


Nicolaas H. Fourie, Dan Wang, Sarah K. Abey, LeeAnne B. Sherwin, Paule V. Joseph, Bridgett Rahim-Williams, Eric G. Ferguson, Wendy A. Henderson. The Microbiome of the Oral Mucosa in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Gut Microbes. 2016 Mar 10:1-16. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:26963804.

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Bridgett Rahim-Williams, MA, MPH, PhD

Principal Investigator, DAPPA Study

Associate Dean for Research, Petrock College of Health Sciences

Professor, Department of Public Health and Health Equity


Office Location: College of Health Sciences 
Office Phone: (386) 481-2596
Email Address:


  • MA,
  • MPH
  • PhD

My Philosophy:

"Research is better together. Silos are for missiles."

"Research for research sake; a luxury.  Research applied to solve a human problem; priceless."


Current Research Interests:

I am a Minority Health, Health disparities, and Social and Behavioral Science researcher. My research interests are in the areas of minority women’s health and health disparities associated with chronic disease co-morbidity.  The topical areas of my research include type II diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, osteoarthritis and games for health.

As a Principal Investigator, I have studied the self-management of type 2 diabetes among African American women and healthcare providers. Moreover, I have conducted pilot research using innovative and novel Games for Health (exergaming) methodologies to investigate ethnic group differences in pain, physical activity and functional mobility among women with knee osteoarthritis. The pilot was funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, under a minority supplement through the UF Claude D. Pepper Center on Aging and Geriatric Research. Additionally, my research in women's health has included collaborating as a Co-PI on an R01 study investigating “Pharmacotherapy to Reduce Harmful Drinking in HIV-infected Women,” (Robert L.Cook, MD, MPH, PI). As a pain researcher, I collaborate with leading pain scientists at the University of Florida where I completed postdoctoral training in pain research and training as a scholar in Aging research.

In developing my program of research, I have trained as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the NIH National Institute on Nursing Research (NINR). In support of my research, I have received the highly competitive, K22 DREAM Fellowship funded by the NIH NIMHD. My work seeks to inform clinical practice, community-based interventions, health education and health promotion. I'd like to make a valuable contribution to improving health-related quality of life and eliminating modifiable health disparities among minority women.