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 and the lead communications analyst for RAND Health. He works with Health management and research staff to develop unit- and project-level communication strategies, assess the effectiveness of these strategies, and 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 communications analyst 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 the University of California, Los Angeles 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.

Research Focus

Selected Publications

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

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

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

  • Spotlight Award, 2015, RAND
  • Impact Award, 2009, RAND
  • Team Player Award, 2005, Thomson Medstat