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Swann Arp Adams, PhD, MS

Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Phone: 803-777-7635
Fax: 803-576-5624

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 618
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 



Dr. Adams holds dual appointments in the College of Nursing and the Arnold School of Public Health.  She received her BS in Biology in 1994 from Furman University in Greenville, SC, her Master’s in 1996 in Genetic and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of  Biomedical Sciences, and her PhD in 2003 from the University of South Carolina.


Most recently, Dr. Adams has taught Nursing 720 and Epidemiology 742 and 801.  In addition, she has taught review sessions for the Master’s progression exam, a consulting practicum, and Epidemiologic Methods.  Dr. Adams has been an invited lecturer for the following classes:  Advanced Epidemiological Methods II, Cancer Epidemiology, Doctoral Seminar and Exercise Science Colloquium, and Seminar in the Epidemiology of Health Effects of Physical Activity.


Dr. Adams’ extensive research has focused on disparities in breast cancer screening and epidemiology; premature discontinuation of cancer treatment; dietary and physical activity interventions, subject recruitment strategies; inflammation processes and cancer.

Professional Service

Dr. Adams is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Southern Nursing Research Society, the North American Association of Cancer Research, and the South Carolina Cancer Center-Junior Scientific.

Professional Practice

Dr. Adams has practiced in the areas of diabetes care, bone marrow transplant, mammography, and oncology.

Research Studies (Selected)

Physical Activity and Hormone Receptor-Defined Breast Cancer.  American College of Sports Medicine—$10,000. 7/1/03- 12/31/04. Principal Investigator.

Co-Occurrence of Diabetes and Breast Cancer Among Women by Ethnicity.  Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program—$90,834.  7/16/04 – 7/15/05.  Principal Investigator.               

Nutritional Status, DNA Damage, and Tumor Pathology.  Department of Defense Breast  Cancer Research Program—$109,125.  7/16/04 – 7/15/05.  Co-Principal Investigator.

Ethnicity, Follow-up, and Breast Cancer Outcomes among Economically Disadvantaged   Women.  University of South Carolina:  Research and Productive Scholarship—  $17,000.  4/1/04 – 6/30/2006.  Principal Investigator. 

A Pilot and Feasibility Study of Ethnic Differences In Interval Diagnosed Breast Cancers     In South Carolina.  South Carolina Cancer Center. $23,690.  4/1/06-9/30/07.  Principal  Investigator.

South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network.  National Cancer Institute/ National Institutes of Health—$2,496,672.  5/2005-4/2010.  Co-Investigator.

Experiential Education to Change Nutrition Practices in a Faith-Based Community.  South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network—$20,577.  7/15/06-7/14/07. Co-Investigator.

A Pilot Investigation of Ethnic Disparities in Patient-Initiated Premature Treatment Discontinuation among Colon Cancer Patients.  National Cancer Institute/ National Institutes of Health—$144,000.  4/2007-3/2009.  Principal Investigator.

Diet & Activity Community Trial: High-Risk Colon Polyps.  National Institutes of Health— 2,829,570.  6/2008 – 5/2013. 

A Feasibility Study of a South Carolina State Mammography Registry.  South Carolina Cancer Alliance—$13,500.  
7/2008 – 6/2009.  Principal Investigator.

Community Navigation for Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control.  Duke Endowment Foundation—$582,122. 
9/2008 – 8/2011.  Co-Investigator. 

SIP-09-002 South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (SCCPCRN).  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--$1,496,341.  9/2009-9-2014.  Co-Investigator.

Racial and Rural Differences in Cervical Cancer Screening Practices (Rural Health Research Grant Program Cooperative Agreement).  Health Resources & Services Administration-$202,480.  9/2009 – 9/2010.  Principal Investigator

Preparing for a Program Project Grant in Diet, Physical Activity, and Energy Balance to Address Large Racial Disparities in Colon Cancer Prevention and Control. University of South Carolina, ASPIRE II Grant - $99,586. 5/2012 - 4/2013. Co-Investigator.

South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network – II .  National Cancer Institute - $4,778,822. 7/2010 – 6/2015. Research Program Director.

Publications (Selected)

Harmon BE*, Adams SA, Scott D, Gladman SY, Ezell B, and JR Hebert. (2014). Dash of Faith: A Faith-Based Participatory Research Pilot Study. Religion & Health. Jun;53(3):747-59. doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9664-z.

Hebert JR, Wirth M*, Davis L, Davis B, Harmon BE*, Hurley TG, Murphy AE, Shivappa N*, Wilcox S, Adams SA, Brandt HM, Blake CE, Armstead CA, Steck SE, and SN Blair. (In Press, 2013). Early Results from a Community-Based Diet, Physical Activity, and Stress Reduction Trial to Reduce Levels of CReactive Protein (CRP) in Overweight or Obese African Americans in South Carolina. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

McCracken JL, Friedman DB, Brandt HM, Adams SA, Xirasagar S, Ureda JR, Mayo RM, Comer K, Evans M, Fedrick D, Talley J, Broderick M, and JR Hebert. Findings from the Community Health Intervention Program in South Carolina: Implications for Reducing Cancer-Related Health Disparities. Journal of Cancer Education, In Press, 2013.

Cavicchia PP*, Adams SA, Steck SE, Hussey JR, Liu J, Daguise VG, and JR Hebert. (2013). Racial disparities in colorectal cancer incidence by type 2 diabetes mellitus status. Cancer Causes and Control, 24(2):277-85.

Friedman DB, Young VM, Freedman DA, Adams SA, Ureda JR, Hurley T, Khang L, Campbell D, and JR Hébert. (2012). Reducing Cancer Disparities Through Innovative Partnerships: A Collaboration of the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Journal of Cancer Education, 27(1), 59-61. PMCID:

Heiney SP, Adams SA, Wells LM, and H Johnson. (2012). Participant Evaluation of Teleconference Group for African American women with Breast Cancer.  Cancer Nursing, 35(2): E24-30.

Adams SA, Butler WM, Fulton J, Williams E, Heiney SP, Fleming A*, Khang L*, and JR Hebert. (2012). Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality in a Multiethnic Cohort in the Southeast. Cancer, 118(10):2693-9. PMCID: PMC3269560.

Heiney, S. P., Hazlett, L. J., Weinrich, S. P., Wells, L. M., Adams, SA, Underwood, S. M., Parrish, R. S. (2011). Antecedents and Mediators of Community Connection in African American Women with Breast Cancer. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, Vol. 25 (4), 251-270. PMCID: PMC3302172.

Matthews CE, Sui X, LaMonte MJ , Adams SA, Hébert JR, and SN Blair. (2010). Metabolic Syndrome and Risk of Death from Cancers of the Digestive System.  Metabolism: Clinical & Experimental. 59(8):1231-9.

SP Heiney, Adams SA, Fisher-Drake B, Bryant LH, Bridges LG, and JR Hebert.  (2010). Subject Recruitment for a Prostate Cancer Behavioral Trial.  Clinical Trials, 7(4):411-7 .

Sui X, Lee DC, Matthews CE, Adams SA,  Hébert JR, Church TS, Lee DL, Blair SN. (2010). The Influence of Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Lung Cancer Mortality.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(5):  872-878..

Heiney SP, Adams SA, Wells LM, and H Johnson. (2010). Evaluation of conceptual framework for recruitment of African American patients with breast cancer.  Oncology Nursing Forum. 37(3):E160-7.

Adams SA, Fleming A, Brandt HM, Hurley DM, Bolick-Aldrich S, Bond S, and JR Hebert. (2010). Racial Disparities in Cervical Cancer Mortality in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort in the Southeast.  Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association. 105(7):  237-244. 

Adams SA, Smith ER, Hardin J, Prabu Das I, Fulton J, and JR Hebert. (2009). Racial Differences in Follow-up of Abnormal Mammography Findings among Economically Disadvantaged Women.Cancer. 115(24):5788-5797 .

Peel  JP, Sui X, Matthews CE, Adams SA,  Hébert JR, Hardin JW, Church TS, and SN Blair. (2009). Cardiorespiratory fitness and digestive cancer mortality: findings from the Aerobics   Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS). Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. 18(4):  1111-1117 .

Hebert JR, Brandt HM, Armstead CA, Adams SA, Steck SE, and L Cooper. ( 2009). Interdisciplinary, Translational, and Community-Based Participatory Research: Finding a Common Language to Improve Biomedical Research.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Pre-vention. 18(4): 1213-1217 .

Hebert JR, Daguise V, Hurley DM, Campbell R, Mosley CM, Adams SA, Ritchey J, Puett R, Burch JB, Steck SE, Brandt HM, and SW Bolick-Aldrich. (2009). Mapping Cancer Mortality- to-Incidence Ratios to Illustrate Racial and Gender Disparities in a High-Risk Population.  Cancer. 115:  2539-2552.

Peel B, Sui X,  Adams SA,  Hébert JR, Hardin JW, and SN Blair. (2009). Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Breast Cancer Mortality: Findings from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS).  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 41(4):  742-748 .

Smith ER, Adams SA, Prabhu-Das I, and JR Hebert. (2008).  Breast Cancer Survival Among Economically Disadvantaged Women:  The Influences of Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment on Mortality.  Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 17(10):  2882-90.

Adams SA, Hebert, JR, Bolick-Aldrich S, Daguise VG, Mosley CM, Modayil MV, Berger SH, Teas J, Mitas M, Cunningham JE, Steck SE, Burch J, Butler WM, Horner MJD, Brandt HM. ( 2006). Breast cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. J South Carolina Med Assoc.102:231-239.

Drake BF, Keane TE, Mosley CM, Adams SA, Elder KT, Modayil MV, Ureda JR, Hebert JR. (2006). Prostate cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. J South Carolina Med Assoc.102:241-249.

Hebert JR, Adams SA, Daguise VG, Hurley D, Smith EW, Purdon C, Lawson A, Mitas M, Reed CE. (2006). Esophageal cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. J South Carolina Med Assoc.102:201-209.

Heiney SP, Adams SA, Cunningham JE, McKenzie W, Harmon B, Hebert JR, Modayil M. (2006). Subject Recruitment for Cancer Control Studies in an Adverse Environment. Cancer Nursing. 29(4):  291-299.

Adams SA, Matthews CE, Hebert JR, Moore CG, Cunningham JE, Fulton J, Zheng W. (2006). The Association Of Physical Activity With Hormone-Receptor Status:  The Shanghai Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 15(6): 1170-1178.

Adams SA, Matthews CE, Moore CG., Cunningham JE, Fulton JE, and Hebert JR. (2005). The Effect of Social Desirability and Social Approval on Self-Reports of Physical Activity. The American Journal of Epidemiology, 161(4):  389-398.

Adams S, Der Ananian C, DuBose K, Kirkland K, Ainsworth B. (2003). Physical Activity Levels Among Overweight and Obese Adults in South Carolina.  The Southern Medical Journal, 96(6):  539-543.

Godder KT, Mehta J, Chiang KY, Adams S, van Rhee F, Singhal S, Higgins-Smith K, O'Neal W, DeRienzo S, Henslee-Downey JP. (2001). Partially Mismatched Related Donor Bone Marrow Transplantation as Salvage for Patients with AML Who Failed Autologous Stem Cell Transplant.  Bone Marrow Rransplantation, 28(11):  1031-6.

Chiang KY, van Rhee F, Godder K, Bridges K, Adams S, Mehta J, Henslee-Downey, PJ. (2001). Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation from Partially Mismatched Related Donors as Therapy for Primary Induction Failure Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  Bone Marrow Transplantation, 27(5): 507-10.


Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community, 8th Edition. Chapter 11: Epidemiology by Messias D, Adams SA, and RE McKeown. Edited by Marcia Stanhope.

Other, non-peer reviewed publications:

Adams SA, Modayil MV, Daguise VG, Berger SH, Horner MD, Teas J, Brandt HM, Mosely CM, Johnson MG, Cunningham JE, Butler WM, and JR Hebert.  Breast Cancer Disparities in South Carolina:  Early Detection, Special Programs, and Descriptive Epidemiology. The eJournal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 101:  e188-e194, 2005.

Hebert JR, Horner MD, Adams SA, Daguise VG, Smith EW, Mosely CM, Johnson MG, and CE Reed.  Esophageal Cancer Disparities in South Carolina:  Early Detection, Special Programs, and Descriptive Epidemiology.  The eJournal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 101:  e212-e217, 2005.

Drake BF, Deane TE, Donald CD, Modayil MV, Daguise VG, Johnson MG, Adams SA, Ureda JR, and JR Hebert.  Prostate Cancer Disparities in South Carolina:  Early Detection, Special Programs, and Descriptive Epidemiology.  The eJournal of the South Carolina   Medical Association, 101:  e225-e230, 2005.