Grantee: Marc A. Adams, PhD, MPH

Marc A. Adams

Marc A. Adams, PhD, MPH

Behavioral Scientist and Epidemiologist
  • Arizona State University - Tempe

Dr. Adams focuses on human dynamics research: the intersection of behavioral economics, environmental design, technology, and temporal and spatial dimensions for the promotion of health behaviors linked to cancer and cardiovascular diseases. He follows the behavioral ecological model for understanding motivation of health behaviors, and is specifically interested in the dynamic intersection between built environments and behavioral economics for increasing physical activity.

For his current study, Dr. Adams will test for, within a multilevel framework, (a) synergistic and antagonistic interactions of neighborhood walkability and individual-level adaptive goal setting and reward interventions delivered via texting (SMS) over 12 months to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among healthy adults, and (b) will design for and evaluate maintenance of physical activity up to 24 months among adults residing in neighborhoods that are supportive or unsupportive of physical activity. The study will contribute to our understanding of the interactions between individual-level physical activity interventions and walkable neighborhoods and inform behavioral theory, ecological models, and public health practice for promoting adoption and maintenance of physical activity among healthy adults for chronic disease prevention.

Early in my career I discovered the world outside of the skin was just as complex and interesting as the one inside of the skin. That moment led me down a path of discovery of the principles of behavior change in our macro- and micro-environments and how these mechanisms influence preventive behaviors for chronic disease, such as physical activity.”

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