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Marc Adams

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Senior Global Futures Scientist
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Biography: 

Dr. Marc A. Adams is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Solutions and Program Director for the PhD in Population Health. He is a behavioral scientist and epidemiologist with a background in psychology, behavioral science and public health. His teaching interests are epidemiologic methodology and clinical trial design. Dr. Adams' research interests focus on the intersection of intervention development for physical activity and behavioral nutrition, ecological models, and temporal and spatial measurement of behaviors and environmental determinants. His funded research focuses on the intersection of neighborhood environments (i.e., urban planning) and behavior change interventions for increasing physical activity and healthy eating.  

Marc A. Adams, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Senior Sustainability Scientist

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Publication Highlights 

  • Adams MA, Hurley JC, Todd M, Bhuiyan N, Jarrett CL, Tucker WJ, Hollingshead KE, Angadi SS. Adaptive goal setting and financial incentives: a 2 × 2 factorial randomized controlled trial to increase adults' physical activity. BMC Public Health. 2017 Mar 29;17(1):286. 
  • Adams M.A. , Sallis J.F., Hovell M.F., Hekler E.B., Perata E. An Adaptive Physical Activity Intervention for Overweight Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE. 8(12):e82901. 
  • Patrick K., Raab F.,  Adams M.A. , Dillon L., Zabinski M., Rock C.L., Griswold W.G., Norman G.J. A text message-based intervention for weight loss: A pilot study.  Journal of Medical Internet Research.  2009;11(1):e1
  • Adams M.A. , Sallis J.F., Kerr J., Conway T., Saelens B.E., Frank L.D., Norman G.J., Cain K. Neighborhood Environment Profiles Related to Physical Activity and Weight Status: A Latent Profile Analysis.  Preventive Medicine. 2011;52(5):326-31.
  • Adams MA, Bruening M, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hurley JC.  Location of School Lunch Salad Bars and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Middle Schools: A Cross-Sectional Plate Waste Study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016 Mar;116(3):407-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2015.10.011. 
  • Sallis JF, Cerin E, Conway TL, Adams MA, Frank LD, Pratt M, Salvo D, Schipperijn J, Smith G, Cain KL, Davey R, Kerr J, Lai PC, Mitáš J, Reis R, Sarmiento OL, Schofield G, Troelsen J, Van Dyck D, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Owen N.   Physical activity in relation to urban environments in 14 cities worldwide: a cross-sectional study.  The Lancet. 2016 Apr 1. pii: S0140-6736(15)01284-2. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01284-2.
     

Current/Recent Grants and Projects

  • Automating Neighborhood Street Audits.  NIH/NCI, $148,000. Principal Investigator. The purpose of this project is to develop computer vision models for the detection of urban streetscape features that support walking using Google StreetView images. 

  • Salad bars and students' fruit and vegetable consumption: a group-randomized trial with objective assessments. NIH/NHLBI, $2,843,186, Principal Investigator (multiple)

  • ​WalkIT Arizona: Neighborhood walkability and moderation of adaptive interventions for physical activity. NIH/NCI, $2,620,000, Principal Investigator. 
     
  • Examining combined effects of walkability and recreation environments for physical activity across the life span. American Heart Association, $127,149, Principal Investigator.
     
  • Behavioral Choice Theory Approach to Testing Exergames for Adolescent Physical Activity. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $200,000, Co-Investigator.
     
  • IPEN Adolescent: International Study of Built Environments and Physical Activity. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, $1,898,071, Co-Investigator.
     
  • IPEN: International Study of Built Environment, Physical Activity, and Obesity. National Cancer Institute, NIH, Co-Investigator.
Education: 

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow  - University of California, San Diego, CA
    Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention, 2011
  • PhD   - University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, CA
    Public Health, 2009
  • MPH   - San Diego State University, CA
    Public Health, 2003
  • BA   - San Diego State University, CA
    Psychology, 2001
Research Activity: 
  • Adams,Marc Anthony*, Bruening, Meg. Salad Bars and students' fruit and vegetable consumption: a group-randomized trial with objective assessments. HHS-NIH-NHLBI R01HL139120 (8/10/2017-7/31/2021). 
  • Adams,Marc Anthony*, Angadi,Siddhartha Subhashchand, Hooker,Steven Paul, Todd,Michael Wayne. WalkIT: Neighborhood walkability and moderation of adaptive walking interventions. HHS-NIH-NCI R01CA198915 (8/1/2015 - 7/31/2020).
  • Adams,Marc Anthony*. CRIME-PA: CrIme Model Evaluation for Physical Activity. UNIV CA - SAN DIEGO(9/1/2013 - 6/30/2015).
  • Adams,Marc Anthony*. 6 Year Study of Seniors Neighborhood Environments Physical Activity and Function. UNIV CA - SAN DIEGO(6/1/2013 - 5/31/2015).
  • Adams,Marc Anthony*. IPEN: Adult: International Study of Built Environments and Physical Activity. UNIV CA - SAN DIEGO(9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013).
  • Adams,Marc Anthony*. IPEN Adolescent: International Study of Built Environments and Physical Activity. UNIV CA - SAN DIEGO(8/20/2012 - 7/31/2016).
  • Adams,Marc Anthony*. Examining Combined Effects of Walkability and Recreation Environments for Physical Activity Across the Life Span. AMER HEART ASSN(8/1/2012 - 12/31/2014).
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HEP 444Epidemiology
CHS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
POP 598Special Topics
NTR 599Thesis
NTR 692Research
EXW 700Research Methods
NTR 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
NTR 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
CHS 494Special Topics
CHS 499Individualized Instruction
NTR 780Practicum
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HEP 444Epidemiology
CHS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CHS 499Individualized Instruction
NTR 599Thesis
NTR 692Research
EXW 700Research Methods
EXW 780Practicum
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
CHS 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
CHS 494Special Topics
CHS 499Individualized Instruction
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
CHS 493Honors Thesis
CHS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
EXW 692Research
NTR 692Research
EXW 700Research Methods
NTR 792Research
EXW 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
EXW 493Honors Thesis
EXW 494Special Topics
CHS 494Special Topics
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 598Special Topics
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 484Internship
EXW 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
NTR 691Seminar
EXW 691Seminar
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 599Thesis
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
EXW 700Research Methods
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
EXW 499Individualized Instruction