Dr. Rahim-Williams

Published: August 12th, 2011

Category: Faculty News

Dr.Rahim-WilliamsDr. Rahim-Williams, a recipient of the Disparities Research and Education Advancing Mission (DREAM) Career Transition Award (K22), is a Senior Research Fellow within the Division of Intramural Research, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. At the NIH, Dr. Rahim-Williams is working with researchers at the National Cancer Institute/Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (NCI/DCEG). She is involved in two specific projects in the DCEG.

1. EMBLEM: Research in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania investigating factors that predispose children to Burkitt’s lymphoma, a cancer endemic in Africa. The goals of this research are to (a) understand the role of infections, immunology in lymphomagenesis and (b) enhance efforts to prevent the condition. Link to the EMBLEM study http://shedfoundation.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/EMBLEM_Newsletter12202010.24173605.pdf

2. Immunodeficiency-related Burkitt’s Lymphoma among Women with HIV/AIDS: Dr. Rahim-Williams’ research project examines patterns of immunodeficiency-related Burkitt lymphoma incidence and mortality. The research will assess differential patterns by age, gender, and ethnicity. The study is a descriptive, epidemiological analysis of population-based data. Her research uses data from registries such as the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute, and the HIV/AIDS Cancer Match Study. The goal of her research is identify ethnic group differences among women and to estimate the impact of AIDS on Burkitt’s lymphoma-related mortality.

Additionally, Dr. Rahim-Williams collaborates with NIH intramural researchers at the National Institute on Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Dr. Rahim-Williams is a BioMedical Applied Anthropologist and Public Health Behavioral and Social Scientist. She conducts research examining ethnic group differences in minority women’s health and management of chronic disease conditions such as HIV/AIDS, Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancer. Moreover, she investigates biopsychosocial factors contributing to differential health outcomes in the experience and management of chronic pain.


Rahim-Williams, Bridgett. Beliefs, Behaviors and Modifications of Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management among African American Women (Journal of the National Medical Association, 2011;103:203-215).