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Associate Professor, Extension Specialist in Food, Health and Human Behavior
Associate Professor, Health Sciences, Medical Dietetics, IBRC

306D Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Fax: (614) 292-0210

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Critical thinking
  • Food, Health and Human Behavior
  • Diabetes and other chronic diseases
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Dissemination and Implementation research
  • Health disparity

Research Focus

Dr. Adams’ research focuses on ensuring best, or evidence-based interventions are effectively delivered within clinical practices and community settings, so as to bridge the gap between bench science and what is translated in communities.

Research in her lab centers around three priority areas:

  1. Refinement of a critical thinking methodology for behavior change among low-income individuals.
  2. Development of evidence-based obesity prevention programs suitable for community outreach, information dissemination, and public health education; and tailor these programs so that they are culturally appropriate to minority and other audiences.
  3. Understanding and decreasing health disparities among underserved (rural and low-income) and minority (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders) populations

Recent Publications

Adams, I. K., Okoli, C. T., Linares, A., Dulin-Keita, A., Tanaka, K.,  Polanin, K., Koempel, A. (2016).  Breastfeeding practices among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Journal of Obesity.

Dulin-Keita A; Clay O; Hannon L; Adams I; Rogers M; Gans K. (2015). HOPE VI neighborhood revitalization and the odds of neighborhood-based physical activity: A mixed-methods approach. Social Science & Medicine.

Dulin-Keita A; Risica PM; Drenner KL; Adams I; Gans KM. (2014) Feasibility and acceptability of an early childhood obesity prevention intervention: Results from the Healthy Homes Healthy Families Pilot Study. Journal of Obesity.

Recent Presentations

Adams, I. K., French, D., Utt, B., Henneman, A. (2016). Mealtime Conversations: What's on the Plate of the New 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Adams, I. K., Thomas, T. (2016). Change is Priceless: Promoting Healthy Eating In the African American Community. Tri-State Diversity 12th Annual Conference. Hebron, KY.

Adams, I. K., Koempel, A., Tanaka, K., Ingram, M. (2014). A systematic review of breastfeeding practices among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Campbell Colloquium, Belfast Northern Ireland. 

Major Awards

Award of Excellence. Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices --Program on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics- Nutrition Education for the Public Dietetic Practice Group.

Outstanding Project Award for the Taking Ownership of Your Diabetes Program. Kentucky Association of State Extension Professionals.

New Connections Junior Investigator. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Circles of Power Leadership Program for Women Faculty. President Commission on Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion.

Courses Taught

HTHRHSC 4950: Program Development and Evaluation for the Health Sciences


  • 2006: PhD, Iowa State University, Nutritional Sciences
  • 2006: PhD, Iowa State University, Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • 1989: MS, The Ohio State University, Family and Consumer Sciences Education (Combined MS and BS)
  • 1989: BS, The Ohio State University, Family and Consumer Sciences Education/Minor in Nutrtion
  • 1981: AA, University of Trinidad and Tobago, Foods and Nutrition

My Research Links

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