David M. Adamson

David M. Adamson
Senior Research 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 research communications analyst (RCA) at the RAND Corporation and the lead RCA for RAND Health Care. He works with RAND Health Care management and research staff to develop division- and project-level communication strategies, assess the effectiveness of these strategies, and develop and improve the messaging, clarity, and audience appropriateness of research communications. He also drafts research briefs, newsletters, division overview materials, and web content and helps craft proposals. He has worked across all of RAND's research divisions. Adamson holds a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Selected Publications

Resetar, Susan A., Abbie Tingstad, Joshua Mendelsohn, Miriam E. Marlier, Beth E. Lachman, Katherine Anania, Chandra Garber, and David M. Adamson, Recovery Planning for Natural Resources and Parks in Puerto Rico: Natural and Cultural Resources Sector Report, Volume I, RAND Corporation (RR-2605), 2020

Resetar, Susan A., James V. Marrone, Joshua Mendelsohn, Amy Schwartzman, and David M. Adamson, Cultural and Historical Resources Recovery Planning in Puerto Rico: Natural and Cultural Resources Sector Report, Volume II, RAND Corporation (RR-2859), 2020

Shih, Regina A., Joie D. Acosta, Emily K. Chen, Eric G. Carbone, Lea Xenakis, David M. Adamson, and Anita Chandra, Improving Disaster Resilience Among Older Adults: Insights from Public Health Departments and Aging-in-Place Efforts, RAND Corporation (RR-2313), 2018

Farmer, Carrie M., Susan D. Hosek, and David M. Adamson, Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care: A Summary of Three RAND Assessments Conducted Under the Veterans Choice Act, RAND Corporation (RR-1165z4), 2016

Nowak, Sarah A., Christine Eibner, David M. Adamson, and Evan Saltzman, Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Consumer Health Care Spending and Risk of Catastrophic Health Costs, RAND Corporation (RR-383), 2013

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

David Adamson "Chapter One," in The RAND Corporation, Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, RAND Corporation (MG-720), 2008

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

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Awards (2) 2021
  • Medal Award Key Contributor Awards (2) 2018, New York Single-Payer; Puerto Rico Recovery
  • Spotlight Award, 2015, RAND


English; Spanish (reading); Classical Greek (reading)