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Marc Adams

Marc Adams

Assistant Professor, Exercise and Wellness, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion


School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
500 N. Third St (MC3020)
Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, Exercise and Wellness, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion


Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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


Journal Articles


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 )


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 )