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
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Google Scholar Profile
- 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.