Bianca Rivera

Bianca Rivera PH Faculty
Natural Sciences
S 202
Courses Taught

PH 2000 Introduction to Public Health

PH 3610 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System

PH 4770 Occupational Health

PH 4800 Epidemiology


2016 MPH, Epidemiology, SUNY Downstate Health Science University, School of Public Health, Brooklyn, NY

2014 BA Comparative Religion with Interdisciplinary Special Honors, CUNY Hunter College, New York, NY

Research Interests

Professor Bianca D. Rivera (she/her) joined the Department of Public Health at Old Westbury in the Fall of 2023. She is a current candidate for a Doctorate in Public Health in Epidemiology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Professor Rivera has collaborated on various multidisciplinary studies in the fields of occupational, social, substance use and cardiovascular epidemiology. Her research interests include access to health services, particularly around care transitions and leveraging digital health interventions in historically disenfranchised groups.


*Denotes joint first authors

Dill LJ, Rivera B, Sutton S, Ige E. “I Feel Some Type of Way”: Experiences of teen dating violence among urban African-American, Caribbean-American, and Latina girls. Resilience: Black Women and Resilience: Power, Perseverance, and Public Health. SUNY Press. Forthcoming January 2024.

Joshi S*, Rivera BD*, Cerdá M, et al. One-Year Association of Drug Possession Law Change With Fatal Drug Overdose in Oregon and Washington [published online ahead of print, 2023 Sep 27]. JAMA Psychiatry. 2023;e233416. PMID: 37755815, PMCID: PMC10535015

Davis CS*, Joshi S*, Rivera BD, Cerdá M. Changes in arrests following decriminalization of low-level drug possession in Oregon and Washington. Int J Drug Policy. 2023;119:104155. PMID: 37567089

Krawczyk N, Rivera BD, King C, Dooling BCE. Pandemic telehealth flexibilities for buprenorphine treatment: A synthesis of evidence and policy implications for expanding opioid use disorder care in the U.S, Health Affairs Scholar, 2023;, qxad013,

Allen B, Basaraba C, Corbeil T, Rivera BD, Levin FR, Martinez DM, Schultebraucks K, Henry BF, Pincus HA, Arout C, Krawczyk N. Racial differences in COVID-19 severity associated with history of substance use disorders and overdose: Findings from multi-site electronic health records in New York City. Prev Med. 2023 Jul;172:107533. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2023.107533. Epub 2023 May 3. PMID: 37146730; PMCID: PMC10155467.

Schultebraucks K, Blekic W, Basaraba C, Corbeil T, Khan Z, Henry BF, Krawczyk N, Rivera BD, Allen B, Arout C, Pincus HA, Martinez DM, Levin FR. The impact of preexisting psychiatric disorders and antidepressant use on COVID-19 related outcomes: a multicenter study. Mol Psychiatry. 2023 Apr 17:1–7. doi: 10.1038/s41380-023-02049-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37069343; PMCID: PMC10107583.

Krawczyk N, Rivera BD, Levin E, Dooling BCE. Synthesising evidence of the effects of COVID-19 regulatory changes on methadone treatment for opioid use disorder: implications for policy. Lancet Public Health. 2023 Mar;8(3):e238-e246. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(23)00023-3. PMID: 36841564; PMCID: PMC9949855.

Krawczyk N, Rivera BD, Basaraba C, Corbeil T, Allen B, Schultebraucks K, Henry BF, Pincus HA, Levin FR, Martinez D. COVID-19 complications among patients with opioid use disorder: a retrospective cohort study across five major NYC hospital systems. Addiction. 2023 May;118(5):857-869. doi: 10.1111/add.16105. Epub 2023 Jan 8. PMID: 36459420; PMCID: PMC9878119.

Krawczyk N, Rivera BD, Jent V, Keyes KM, Jones CM, Cerdá M. Has the treatment gap for opioid use disorder narrowed in the U.S.? A yearly assessment from 2010 to 2019. Int J Drug Policy. 2022 Dec;110:103786. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103786. Epub 2022 Aug 4. PMID: 35934583.

Dill LJ, Sutton S, Rivera B, Amery Powell A. “I Can Only Do Me”: African-American and Caribbean- American Girls’ Transnational Nature of Self-Articulation. In: Jordan-Zachery JS, Harris D, eds. Black Girl Magic: Beyond the Hashtag. University of Arizona Press; 2019: 60-79.

Landsbergis P, Zoeckler J, Kashem Z, Rivera B, Alexander D, Bahruth A. Organizational policies and programs to reduce job stress and risk of workplace violence among K-12 education staff. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. 2018; 27 (4): 559-580.

Dill, LJ, Rivera B, Sutton S. 2018. “Don’t Let Nobody Bring You Down”: How Urban Black Girls Write and Learn from Ethnographically-based Poetry to Understand and Heal from Relationship Violence. The Ethnographic Edge. 2018; 2(1): 57-65.

Landsbergis P, Zoeckler J, Rivera B, Alexander D, Bahruth A, Hord W. Organizational- level interventions to reduce sources of K-12 teachers’ occupational stress. In: McIntyre TM, McIntyre SE, Francis DJ, eds. Stress in educators: An occupational health perspective: Springer; 2017.