Kathleen E. Adams, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Health Economist
Center for Disease Control, Division of Reproductive Health
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Dr. Adams has over 25 years of experience in applied economic analysis with much of her research focused on low-income and vulnerable populations and on Medicaid policies and issues. Prior to coming to Emory University in 1993, she was Senior Economist with SysteMetrics (then Medstat and now Thomson Reuters), a consulting firm that did extensive work for federal and state government agencies on the effects of public policies on access, utilization and health care cost with a focus on Medicaid populations. Prior to that she was Health Economist and Policy Analyst, Division of Insurance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she did expert witnessing for the state on setting malpractice premiums.


Dr. Adams's undergraduate training is in mathematics and economics from Florida State University. She received her Master's in Economics also from Florida State and her Doctorate in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


In her work with the CDC's DRH she has analyzed prenatal smoking/risk behaviors, costs of adverse maternal/infant outcomes and pediatric health care costs related to secondhand smoke. She and colleagues have completed extensive analysis on national policies such as welfare reform, Medicaid family planning waivers and at the state level, on the implementation of primary care case management among S-CHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) and Medicaid children.


Dr. Adams has published over 90 articles on topics ranging from hospital markets and hospital choice among rural Medicare beneficiaries to physician participation in Medicaid and effects of this participation on access to services for Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) enrolled children.

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