David M. Adamson

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Senior Communications Analyst
Washington Office


Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in English, Yale University


David Adamson is a senior communications analyst (CA) who works primarily in RAND Health. He works with management and research staff to improve the clarity and audience appropriateness of all research communications, including reports and journal articles. He also drafts research briefs, newsletters, unit overview materials, and web content and helps craft proposals. Since starting at RAND in 1990, he has worked across all of RAND's research units. Prior to joining RAND Health, he was the lead CA for RAND's Science and Technology Policy Institute, 1992-2003. He left RAND in 2004 to join Thomson Medstat, a health care data and analysis firm, and returned to RAND in 2006.

Before coming to RAND, Adamson taught writing and literature at UCLA and at Cal-Poly Pomona. Prior to that, he worked as a legislative editor for the Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a proofreader for U.S. News and World Report magazine. Adamson earned his Ph.D. in English and rhetoric from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Selected Publications

Katherine E. Watkins, Harold Alan Pincus, Brad Smith, Susan M. Paddock, Thomas E. Mannle, Abigail Woodroffe, Jacob Solomon, Melony E.S. Sorbero, Carrie M. Farmer, Kimberly A. Hepner, David M. Adamson, Lanna Forrest, Catherine Call, Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Program Evaluation: Capstone Report, RAND (TR-956-VHA), 2011

Valerie L. Williams, Elisa Eiseman, Eric Landree, David M. Adamson, Demonstrating and Communicating Research Impact: Preparing NIOSH Programs for External Review., RAND (MG-809), 2009

David M Adamson (co-author), "Common Factors in Effective HIV Prevention Programs," AIDS Behavior, 2008

David Adamson "Chapter One," in Terri Tanielian and Lisa Jaycox, eds., Invisible Wounds of War, RAND (MG-720), 2008

David M Adamson (co-author), "Completeness of cause of injury coding in healthcare administrative databases in the United States, 2001," Injury Prevention, 12(3):199-201, 2006

Joanne Lynn, David M Adamson, Living Well at the End of Life: Adapting Health Care to Serious Chronic Illness in Old Age., RAND (WP-137), 2003

Honors & Awards

  • Impact Award, 2009, RAND
  • Team Player Award, 2005, Thomson Medstat