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Kathleen Adams

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Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S., Florida State University
B.A., Florida State University


Kathleen Adams is a professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and also works as a health economist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Reproductive Health. She is a core faculty member at the Georgia Health Policy Center.

Much of her research is focused on low-income and vulnerable populations and on Medicaid policies. Adams’s research with the CDC has analyzed prenatal smoking and risk behaviors, costs of adverse maternal and infant outcomes, and pediatric health care costs related to secondhand smoke.

Adams has published more than 90 articles on topics ranging from hospital markets and hospital choice among rural Medicare beneficiaries to physician participation in Medicaid and effects of this participation on access to services for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program-enrolled children. Her published work has appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Inquiry, and Health Services Research.