Postdoctoral Research Associate
Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder
Rachel Adams is a postdoctoral research associate at the Natural Hazards Center. She recently earned her PhD in community health sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and she has a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Southern California. Adams joined the Natural Hazards Center in 2019. She is involved in several research projects, including the development of CDC supported online training modules focusing on social vulnerability and disaster mental health to help train hazards and disaster researchers. More recently, she has served as co-PI of a USGS funded study focusing on integrating earthquake early warning in schools across California, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington
In the past five years, Adams has participated in several research projects focusing on disaster preparedness and response. As a graduate student researcher at UCLA, she worked with local health departments in Southern California to translate evidence-based practices within community emergency preparedness, including the adaption of preparedness training materials targeting older adults. She also provided technical assistance to practitioners at these health departments as they developed evaluation plans and materials, and later presented on this experience at the 2017 Preparedness Summit. Adams has worked at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health where she used Public Health Response to Emergency Threats Survey (PHRETS) to develop a community resilience index that can be used to measure resilience program outcomes at the neighborhood or household level. She additionally analyzed baseline PHRETS data to assess disaster preparedness behavioral patterns among a sample of Los Angeles County residents.