Rahbel Rahman

Rahbel Rahman Headshot

Assistant Professor
phone: 212-636-6657
Email:[email protected]
Office: Lincoln Center 721F

  • BA, University of Toronto
    MSW, Columbia University
    PhD, Columbia University

  • • Integration of health and welfare services
    • Inter-professional and Interagency Collaboration
    • Professional development of community based providers (peer educators, outreach workers, community health workers, syringe exchange workers)
    • Community based participatory research
    • International Social Work

  • Rahman studies organizational and provider-level factors that influence the Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce on multiple levels across Pakistan, Brazil, and United States (New York). Over time, she has expanded her focus to include providers who share similar lived experiences as the clients they serve, namely Peer Educators and Peer Workers in addition to CHWs; thus, informing the umbrella term that she uses in her research: community-based providers.  She has developed a keen interest in the examination of structural, contextual, and provider-level factors that impact the provision of integrated services (mental health, maternal health, sexual health, interpersonal violence, substance abuse, and disease prevention) by the community-based provider workforce. More recently, Rahman has become interested in studying predictors to maternal mental health among the Pakistani community and how the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked added racism and stigma in the lives of both community-based providers and the clients they serve. Across each of her research areas, she intentionally uses CBPR approaches because these approaches resonate with her commitment to advancing health equity and health care delivery systems – specifically by shifting ownership of the research process to those impacted.

  • Rahman, R., & Ross, A, Huang, D., Kirkbride, G., Chesna, S. & Rosenblatt, C. (2022). Predictors of Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Compassion Satisfaction experienced by Community Health Workers offering maternal and infant services in New York State. Journal of Community Psychology

    Azhar, S., Rahman, R., Wernick, L., Tripathi, S., Cohen, M., Masachi, T. (2022) Race, Masks, Residency and Concern regarding COVID-19. Journal of Community Psychology. doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22953

    Rahman, R., Azhar, S., Wernick, L., Devylder, J., Masachi, T., Cohen, M., Hopwood, S. (2022). Mask Mandates, race and protests of summer 2020. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. DOI: 0.1080/15313204.2022.2070896

    Hudson, K., Azhar, S., Rahman, R., Matthews, E., & Ross, A.M. (2022). Dual pandemics or a syndemic? Racism, COVID-19, and opportunities for antiracist social work. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2022.2070895

    *Rahman, R., Ross, A. & Chesnea, S, Tatikola, M. & Hopwood, S. (2021). Studying Executive Directors and Supervisors views of organizational and policy level challenges faced by Community Health Workers. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 44(4), 250-263

    Rahman, R., Pinto, R. & Troost, J. (2021). Examining Interprofessional Collaboration across case managers, peer educators, and counselors in New York City. Social Work in Public Health 36(1), 448-459.DOI: 10.1080/19371918.2021.1905131

    Pinto, R, Rahman, R., Zanchetta, M. S.,Galhego Garcia,W. (2021). Brazil’s Community Health Workers practicing narrative medicine: A service consumer perspective. Journal of General Internal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-06730-8

    Rahman, R., Ross, A. & Pinto, R. (2021). The Critical Importance of Community Health Workers as First Responders to COVID-19 in the United States. Health Promotion International. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daab008

    *Rahman, R., Ghesquiere, A., Spector, A.Y, Goldberg, R. & Gonzalez, O (2020). Helping the Helpers: A Photovoice study examining burnout and self-care among HIV providers and managers. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. DOI: 10.1080/23303131.2020.1737293

    *Rahman, R., Matthews, E., Ahmad, A., Salama, U., Rizvi, M., Samad, L., Khan, M.A (2019). Perceptions of patient‐centered care among providers and patients in the orthopedic department of a tertiary care hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2019;1–9.DOI: 10.1111/jep.13242

    Pinto, R. M., Spector, A. Y., & Rahman, R. (2019). Nurturing Practitioner-Researcher Partnerships to Improve Adoption and Delivery of Research-Based Social and Public Health Services Worldwide. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(5), 862. DOI:10.3390/ijerph16050862

    *Rahman, R., Pinto, R. M., Zanchetta, M. S., Lu, J., & Bailey, R. (2019). Community Health Agents, Nurses and Physicians Conducting Research in Brazil’s Family Health Program. Health Promotion International, 34(S1), i92-i102. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daz015

    *Rahman, R, Kirkbride, G., Bauta, B., Jabbour, J. & Maranga, G (2018). Using Community Based Participatory Research to Develop Series of Core Competency trainings within a Developmental Disability Program. Journal of Social Service Research. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2018.1476295

  • 2022- Present

    Principal Investigator, Understanding Facilitators and Barriers maternal mental health services among Pakistani women. Funding: Fordham-Columbia University Research Fellow Award 2022 ($7,000)

    2020 – Present

    Co-Principal Investigator, Using photovoice to study chronic pain experienced by women of color. In Using Art and Design for Translational Medical Research with Pain Researchers and Patients. Funding: Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, University of Michigan (USD $100,000)

    2019 – Present

    Principal Investigator, Studying Predictors to Interagency in Karachi, Pakistan. Funding Fordham University Office of Research: Faculty Research Grant (USD 5,000)

    2020 – 2021

    Co-Principal Investigator, Examining Intersectional Stigma of Covid-19. Funding: Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service (USD $1400)

    2018 – 2021  

    Principal Investigator, Community-based providers: An Exploratory Study Funding: Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service (USD 4,400)

    2019 – 2020

    Co-Investigator, Improving a comprehensive dataset to develop infrastructure to study client-provider and interprofessional collaboration. Funding: University of Michigan School of Social Work (USD 12,760)

  • Contemporary Social Welfare Policy

    Advanced Integrated Policy Practice

    Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities