Richard Nisbett, Ph.D

Richard Nisbett, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Office: CPH 1124
Voice Mail: (813) 974-9176
Fax: (813) 974-8506

On leave of absence for 2013

 Education and History

Came to USF



B.G.S., Texas Christian University, 1976
M.A. San Diego State University, 1988
Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1993
M.S.P.H. University of Alabama, Birmingham, 2001


Tropical Public Health


Disease Ecology
Rural Community Health & Social Medicine
Participatory Action Research & Rapid Field Assessments

Other Information

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Richard A. "Ran" Nisbett joined the Global Health Department in May 2008 where he teaches PHC 6106: "Global Health Program Development and Administration for Low-Resource Settings" and PHC 6934: Community-Directed Interventions and CbPR for Low-resource Settings." Previously, he has taught "Nutritional Anthropology," "Human Genetic Variation & Health," "Evolution Medicine," and "Biodiversity, Global Change & Human Health."

Dr. Nisbett is a field epidemiologist working at the interface of environment, behavior and biology in the tropics. A community ecologist, he has studied human-plant-animal interactions and the relationship between biodiversity and health—in particular, traditional hunting & healing in West Africa, as related to the potential for emerging pathogens. He has conducted disease-ecology projects in several countries, including studies of rodent-borne hantaviruses & arenaviruses and anthropod-borne viruses. In addition to disease ecology studies in Liberia, more recently Dr. Nisbett has focused on the socio-cultural environment as well. He is currently working with Liberian and World Health Organization colleagues on community-directed interventions for underserved rural and urban communities, workforce capacity building, and HIV/AIDS risk-reduction among urban commercial sex workers and adolescents. He has also worked on health education and initiatives in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Nisbett is a member of the International Association for Ecology and Health, the American Anthropological Association, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Society for Vector Ecology, and the Liberian Medical Association.