Elizabeth Adams, Ph.D., R.D.

Oregon Health & Science University UCEDD
Institute on Development & Disability
Oregon Health & Science University
707 SW Gaines St.
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-494-0981
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: March 30, 2018

Elizabeth Adams

Discipline Coordinators: Nutrition
Public Health
Specialty Resource Contacts: Program Evaluation
Maternal and Child Health
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: LEND Trainign Coordinator Nutrition, Epidemology; Partners in Leadership Training in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition;
Spina Bifida Patient Registry Demonstration Project
Discipline(s): Public Health
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Nutrition
Health outcomes for children with special health care needs
Food insecurity and health
Education: Ph.D. Cornell University: Nutrition
M.S. University of Washington: Nutrition
B.S. Cornell University: Nutrition
Post doctoral Centers for Disease Control: Epidemiology
Service: American Public Health Association
American Dietetic Association
American Society for Nutrition
Graduate and Professional Education Committee
Childhood Hunger Initiative
Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force


Dr. Liz Adams, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. She received her PhD in Nutrition from Cornell University in 1996 and worked with CDC's Divisions of Reproductive Health and Nutrition and Physical Activity from 1996-2000. Dr. Adams worked in maternal and child nutrition, with a focus on special health needs and global health before moving to Oregon. Dr. Adams joined the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) as an epidemiologist in 2004.

Her research interests focus on nutrition and health outcomes of children with special health care needs. She directs the CDRC Office of Program Evaluation and Research, is PI for the OHSU site of Western Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Partners, and is the nutrition training coordinator for the OHSU LEND Program. In 2008 she joined the Oregon Hemophilia Center where she works as a nutritionist and epidemiologist. A special area of focus is the relationship between food insecurity and health. Liz works closely with the Childhood Hunger Coalition and the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force.

Recent Publications:

Smith, K., Freeman, K. A., Neville-Jan, A., Mizokawa, S., & Adams, E. (2010). Cultural considerations in the care of individuals with Spina Bifida. Pediatric Clinics of North America. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 57(4), 1027-1040.

Wisdom, J. P., McGee, M. G., Horner-Johnson, W., Michael, Y. L., Adams, E. & Berlin, M. (2010). Health Disparities Between Women With and Without Disabilities: A Review of the Research. Social Work in Public Health25(3), 368-386.

Adams E, Krahn G, Horner-Johnson, W, Leman R (2009) Fundamentals of Disability Epidemiology. In Drum, C. E., Krahn, G. L., Bersani, H. Jr. (Eds.), Disability and Public Health. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association & American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Clark, A., Anderson, J., Adams, E., Baker, S. Assessing an infant feeding website as a nutrition education tool for child care providers, J Nutr Educ Behav. 2009 Jan-Feb;41(1):41-6.

Clark, A., Anderson, J., Adams, E., Baker, S. Assessing the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and training needs related to infant feeding, specifically breastfeeding, of child care providers, Matern Child Health J. 2008 Jan;12 (1):128-35.

Suzuki, R., Krahn, G. L., McCarthy, M. J., & Adams, E. J. Understanding health outcomes: Physical secondary conditions in people with spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52(3), 338-350, 2007.