David M. Adamson

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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 unit- 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, 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. Adamson holds a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research Focus

Selected Publications

J. Scott Ashwood, Karishma R. Patel, David Kravitz, David M. Adamson, M. Audrey Burnam, Evaluation of the Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team for the City of Santa Monica, RAND (RR-2848), 2019

Regina A. Shih, Joie D. Acosta, Emily K. Chen, Eric G. Carbone, Lea Xenakis, David M. Adamson, Anita Chandra, Improving Disaster Resilience Among Older Adults, RAND (RR-2313), 2018

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

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

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

Honors & Awards

  • Medal Award Key Contributor Awards (2) 2018, New York Single-Payer; Puerto Rico Recovery
  • Spotlight Award, 2015, RAND
  • Impact Award, 2009, RAND