- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Assistant Professor, Exercise and Wellness, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
Marc Adams is a behavioral scientist with a background in psychology and public health. His research focuses on the influence of place on health behaviors, especially as walking for transport and recreation, for the prevention of chronic diseases. Adams' research, supported by the American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health, has examined the joint influence of walkable, transit-oriented, recreation-friendly characteristics on physical activity levels of people across the life span. Adams is a member of the International Physical Activity and Built Environment Network (IPEN) and coordinates GIS-measures of two NIH-funded international studies of urban form and physical activity. Adams is faculty in the Exercise and Science and Health Promotion program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at ASU and also an academic editor of the journal PLOS ONE.
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Integrated Cardiovascular Epidemiology, University of California-San Diego, 2011
- PhD, Public Health, University of California-San Diego/San Diego State University, 2009
- MPH, Health Promotion, San Diego State University, 2003
- BA, Psychology, San Diego State University, 2001
van Woerden, I., D. J. Hruschka, S. Vega-Lopez, D. Schaefer, M. A. Adams and M. Bruening. 2019. Food insecure college students and objective measurements of their unused meal plans. Nutrients 11(4):904. DOI: 10.3390/nu11040904. (link )
Adams, M. A., M. Bruening and P. Ohri-Vachaspati. 2015. Use of salad bars in schools to increase fruit and vegetable consumption: Where's the evidence?. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 115(8):1233-1236. DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2015.02.010. (link )
Adams, M. A., L. D. Frank, J. Schipperijn, G. Smith, J. Chapman, L. B. Christiansen, N. Coffee, D. Salvo, L. du Toit, J. Dygryn, A. A. Ferreira Hino, P. Lai, S. Mavoa, J. D. Pinzon, N. Van de Weghe, E. Cerin, R. Davey, D. Macfarlane, N. Owen and J. F. Sallis. 2014. International variation in neighborhood walkability, transit, and recreation environments using geographic information systems: The IPEN adult study. International Journal of Health Geographics 13:Art.. 43. DOI: 10.1186/1476-072X-13-43. (link )
Cain, K. L., R. A. Millstein, J. F. Sallis, T. L. Conway, K. A. Gavand, L. D. Frank, B. E. Saelens, C. M. Geremia, J. Chapman, M. A. Adams, K. Glanz and A. C. King. 2014. Contribution of streetscape audits to explanation of physical activity in four age groups based on the Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS). Social Science & Medicine 116(Sep):82-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.042. (link )
Kerr, J., G. Norman, R. Millstein, M. A. Adams, C. Morgan, R. D. Langer and M. Allison. 2014. Neighborhood environment and physical activity among older women: Findings from the San Diego cohort of the Women's Health Initiative. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 11(6):1070-1077. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0159. (link )
Adams, M. A., D. Ding, J. F. Sallis, H. R. Bowles, B. E. Ainsworth, P. Bergman, F. C. Bull, H. Carr, C. L. Craig, I. De Bourdeaudhuij, L. F. Gomez, M. Hagstromer, L. Klasson-Heggebo, S. Inoue, J. Lefevre, D. J. Macfarlane, S. Matsudo, V. Matsudo, G. McLean, N. Murase, M. Sjostrom, H. Tomten, V. Volbekiene and A. Bauman. 2013. Patterns of neighborhood environment attributes related to physical activity across 11 countries: a latent class analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nurtrition and Physical Activity 10:Art. 34. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-34. (link )
Adams, M. A., W. D. Johnson and C. Tudor-Locke. 2013. Steps/day translation of the moderate-to-vigorous physical activity guideline for children and adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 10:Art. 49. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-49. (link )
Adams, M. A., J. F. Sallis, G. J. Norman, M. F. Hovell, E. B. Hekler and E. Perata. 2013. An adaptive physical activity intervention for overweight adults: A randomized controlled trial. PLOS One 8(12):e82901. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082901. (link )
Cain, K. L., T. L. Conway, M. A. Adams, L. E. Husak and J. F. Sallis. 2013. Comparison of older and newer generations of ActiGraph accelerometers with the normal filter and the low frequency extension. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 10:Art. 51. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-51. (link )
Ding, D., M. A. Adams, J. F. Sallis, G. J. Norman, M. F. Hovell, C. D. Chambers, C. R. Hofstetter, H. R. Bowles, M. Hagstromer, C. L. Craig, L. F. Gomez, I. De Bourdeaudhuij, D. Macfarlane, B. E. Ainsworth, P. Bergman, F. C. Bull, H. Carr, L. Klasson-Heggebo, S. Inoue, N. Murase, S. Matsudo, V. Matsudo, G. McLean, M. Sjostrom, H. Tomten, J. Lefevre, V. Volbekiene and A. Bauman. 2013. Perceived neighborhood environment and physical activity in 11 countries: Do associations differ by country?. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 10:Art. 57. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-57. (link )
Hovell, M. F., M. A. Adams, C. R. Hofstetter, A. P. Martinez-Donate, G. J. Gonzalez-Perez, L. S. Rovniak and M. C. Boman-Davis. 2013. Complete home smoking band and antitobacco contingencies: A natural experiment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 16(2):186-196. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntt130. (link )
Kerr, J., J. Sallis, N. Owen, I. De Bourdeaudhuij, E. Cerin, T. Sugiyama, R. Reis, O. Sarmiento, K. Fromel, J. Mitas, J. Troelsen, L. B. Christiansen, D. Macfarlane, D. Salvo, G. Schofield, H. Badland, F. Guillen-Grima, I. Aguinaga-Ontoso, R. Davey, A. Bauman, B. Saelens, C. Riddoch, B. Ainsworth, M. Pratt, T. Schmidt, L. Frank, M. Adams, T. Conway, K. Cain, D. Van Dyck and N. Bracy. 2013. Advancing science and policy through a coordinated international study of physical activity and built environments: IPEN adult methods. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 10(4):581-601. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.10.4.581. (link )
Norman, G. J., M. A. Adams, E. R. Ramirez, J. A. Carlson, J. Kerr, S. Godbole, L. Dillon and S. J. Marshall. 2013. Effects of behavioral contingencies on adolescent active videogame play and overall activity: A randomized trial. Games for Health Journal 2(3):158-165. DOI: 10.1089/g4h.2013.0016. (link )
Norman, G. J., J. K. Kolodziejczyk, M. A. Adams and S. J. Marshall. 2013. Fruit and vegetable intake and eating behaviors mediate the effect of a randomized text-message based weight loss program. Preventive Medicine 56(1):3-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.10.012. (link )
Sallis, J. F., T. L. Conway, L. I. Dillon, L. D. Frank, M. A. Adams, K. L. Cain and B. E. Saelens. 2013. Environmental and demographic correlates of bicycling. Preventative Medicine 57(5):456-460. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.06.014. (link )
Van Dyck, D., J. F. Sallis, G. Cardon, B. Deforche, M. A. Adams, C. Geremia and I. De Bourdeaudhuij. 2013. Associations of neighborhood characteristics with active park use: An observational study in two cities in the USA and Belgium. International Journal of Health Geographics 12:Art. 26. DOI: 10.1186/1476-072X-12-26. (link )
Adams, M. A., J. F. Sallis, T. L. Conway, L. D. Frank, B. E. Saelens, J. Kerr, K. L. Cain and A. C. King. 2012. Neighborhood environment profiles for physical activity among older adults. American Journal of Health Behavior 36(6):757-769. DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.36.6.4. (link )
Adams, M. A., J. F. Sallis, J. Kerr, T. L. Conway, B. E. Saelens, L. D. Frank, G. J. Norman and K. L. Cain. 2011. Neighborhood environment profiles related to physical activity and weight status: A latent profile analysis. Preventative Medicine 52(5):326-331. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.02.020. (link )
Kerr, J., G. J. Norman, M. A. Adams, S. Ryan, L. D. Frank, J. F. Sallis, K. J. Calfas and K. Patrick. 2010. Do neighborhood environments moderate the effect of physical activity lifestyle interventions in adults?. Health & Place 16(5):903-908. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.05.002. (link )
Norman, G., M. Adams, J. Kerr, S. Ryan, L. Frank and S. Roesch. 2010. A latent profile analysis of neighborhood recreation environments in relation to adolescent physical activity, sedentary time, and obesity. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 16(5):411-419. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c60e92. (link )
Adams, M. A., S. Caparosa, S. Thompson and G. J. Norman. 2009. Translating physical activity recommendations for overweight adolescents to steps per day. American Journal of Preventative Medicine 37(2):P137-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2009.03.016. (link )
Adams, M. A., G. J. Norman, M. F. Hovell, J. F. Sallis and K. Patrick. 2009. Reconceptualizing decisional balance in an adolescent sun protection intervention: Mediating effects and theoretical interpretations. Health Psychology 28(2):217-225. DOI: 10.1037/a0012989. (link )
Adams, M. A., S. Ryan, J. Kerr, J. F. Sallis, K. Patrick, L. D. Frank and G. J. Norman. 2009. Validation of the neighborhood environment walkability scale (NEWS) items using geograhic information systems. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 6(s1):S113-S123. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.6.s1.s113. (link )
Patrick, K., F. Raab, M. A. Adams, L. Dillon, M. Zabinski, C. L. Rock, W. G. Griswold and G. J. Norman. 2009. A text message-based intervention for weight loss: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research 11(1):e1. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.1100. (link )
Roesch, S., G. J. Norman, M. A. Adams, J. Kerr, J. F. Sallis, S. Ryan, K. J. Calfas and K. Patrick. 2009. Latent growth curve modeling of adolescent physical activity: Testing parallel process and mediation models. Journal of Health Psychology 14(2):313-325. DOI: 10.1177/1359105308100216. (link )
Adams, M. A., J. A. Mayer, D. J. Bowen and M. Ji. 2008. Season of interview and self-report of summer sun protection behaviors. Cancer Causes & Control 20:153-162. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-008-9229-3. (link )
Hovell, M. F., M. A. Adams and G. Semb. 2008. On Academics: Teaching research methods to graduate students in public health. Public Health Resports 123(2):248-254. DOI: 10.1177/003335490812300222. (link )
Martinez-Donate, A. P., M. F. Hovell, C. R. Hofstetter, G. J. Gonzalez-Perez, A. Kotay and M. A. Adams. 2008. Crossing borders: The impact of the California tobacco control program on both sides of the US-Mexico border. American Journal of Public Health 98:358-267. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2006.097998. (link )
Martinez-Donate, A. P., M. F. Hovell, C. R. Hofstetter, G. J. Gonzalez-Perez, M. A. Adams and A. Kotay. 2007. Correlates of home smoking bans among Mexican-Americans. American Journal of Health Promotion 21(4):229-236. DOI: 10.4278/0890-1171-21.4.229. (link )
Norman, G. J., M. A. Adams, K. J. Calfas, J. Covin, J. F. Sallis, J. S. Rossi, C. A. Redding, J. Cella and K. Patrick. 2007. A randomized trial of a multicomponent intervention for adolescent sun protection behaviors. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 161(2):146-152. DOI: 10.1001/archpedi.161.2.146. (link )
Norman, G. J., M. Zabinski, M. A. Adams, D. Rosenberg, A. Yaroch and A. A. Atienza. 2007. A review of ehealth interventions for physical actvity and dietary behavior change. American Journal of Preventative Medicine 33(4):P336-345.E16. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2007.05.007. (link )
Adams, M. A., M. F. Hovell, V. Irvin, J. F. Sallis, K. J. Coleman and S. Liles. 2006. Promoting stair use by modeling: An experimental application of the behavioral ecological model. American Journal of Health Promotion 21(2):101-109. DOI: 10.4278/0890-1171-21.2.101. (link )
Adams, M. A., R. L. Pelletier, M. M. Zive and J. F. Sallis. 2005. Salad bars and fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools: A plate waste study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 105(11):P1789-1792. DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2005.08.013. (link )
Martinez-Donate, A. P., M. F. Hovell, C. R. Hofstetter, G. J. Gonzalez-Perez, M. A. Adams, J. de Jesus Sanchez and G. Guzman-Cerda. 2005. Smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, and smoking restrictions in Tijuana, Mexico. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública 18(6):412-417. (link )
Sipan, C., E. Blumberg, M. F. Hovell, N. Kelley, K. Moser, M. Ocana, L. Friedman, J. Acosta, A. Vera and M. Adams. 2003. Screening Latino adolescents for latent turberculosis infections (LTBI). Public Health Reports 118(5):425-433. DOI: 10.1093/phr/118.5.425. (link )
Hovell, M. F., J. A. Jones and M. A. Adams. 2001. The feasibility and efficacy of tobacco use prevention in orthodontics. Journal of Dental Education 65(4):348-353. (link )
Adams, M. A. and T. L. Conway. 2014. Eta squared. In: Michalos, A. C. ed., Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. Dordrecht. DOI: 0.1007/978-94-007-0753-5. ISBN: 978-94-007-0753-5.
Adams, M. A. and T. L. Conway. 2014. Odds ratio. In: Michalos, A. C. ed., Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. Dordrecht. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5. ISBN: 978-94-007-0753-5.
Conway, T. L. and M. A. Adams. 2014. Population density. In: Michalos, A. C. ed., Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer. Dordrecht. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5. ISBN: 978-94-007-0753-5.
Sallis, J. F., M. A. Adams and D. Ding. 2011. Physical activity and the built environment. Pp. 433-451 In: Cawley, J. ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. Oxford University Press. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0199736362.
Hovell, M., D. Wahlgren and M. Adams. 2009. The logical and empirical basis for the behavioral ecological model. Pp. 415-450 In: DiClemente, R. J., R. A. Crosby and M. C. Kegler eds., Emerging Theories in Health Promotion Practice and Research. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA. ISBN: 978-0470179130.
Patrick, K., F. Raab, M. A. Adams, L. Dillon and R. Adler. 2009. mDIET: A personalized approach to weight management using text messaging. Pp. 35-47 In: Fogg, B. J. ed., Texting 4 Health: A Simple, Powerful Way to Change Lives. Captology Media. ISBN: 978-0979502545.
Adams, M. A., S. J. Marshall, L. Dillon, S. Caparosa, E. R. Ramirez, J. Phillips and G. J. Norman. 2009. A theory-based framework for evaluating exergames as persuasive technology. Pp. Art. 45 Persuasive '09: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Persuasive Technology. 4th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, April 2009. (link )