Faculty and Staff
Swann Arp Adams, Ph.D., MS
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
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.
Dr. Adams is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the South Carolina Cancer Center-Junior Scientific.
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
South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network – II . National Cancer Institute-$4,778,822. 7/2010 – 6/2015. Research Program Director.
Heiney SP, Adams SA, Wells LM, and H Johnson. Participant Evaluation of Teleconference Group for African American women with Breast Cancer. Cancer Nursing, In Press, 2011.
Matthews CE, Sui X, LaMonte MJ , Adams SA, Hébert JR, and SN Blair. Metabolic Syndrome and Risk of Death from Cancers of the Digestive System. Metabolism: Clinical & Experimental, 2010; 59(8):1231-9
SP Heiney, Adams SA, Fisher-Drake B, Bryant LH, Bridges LG, and JR Hebert. Subject Recruitment for a Prostate Cancer Behavioral Trial. Clinical Trials, 2010 ; 7(4):411-7 .
Sui X, Lee DC, Matthews CE, Adams SA, Hébert JR, Church TS, Lee DL, Blair SN. The Influence of Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Lung Cancer Mortality. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2010; 42(5): 872-878..
Heiney SP, Adams SA, Wells LM, and H Johnson. Evaluation of conceptual framework for recruitment of African American patients with breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 2010; 37(3):E160-7.
Adams SA, Fleming A, Brandt HM, Hurley DM, Bolick-Aldrich S, Bond S, and JR Hebert. Racial Disparities in Cervical Cancer Mortality in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort in the Southeast. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 2010; 105(7): 237-244.
Adams SA, Smith ER, Hardin J, Prabu Das I, Fulton J, and JR Hebert. Racial Differences in Follow-up of Abnormal Mammography Findings among Economically Disadvantaged Women.Cancer, 2009, 115(24):5788-5797 .
Peel JP, Sui X, Matthews CE, Adams SA, Hébert JR, Hardin JW, Church TS, and SN Blair. Cardiorespiratory fitness and digestive cancer mortality: findings from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS). Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention , 2009, 18(4): 1111-1117 .
Hebert JR, Brandt HM, Armstead CA, Adams SA, Steck SE, and L Cooper. Interdisciplinary, Translational, and Community-Based Participatory Research: Finding a Common Language to Improve Biomedical Research. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Pre-vention 2009; 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. Mapping Cancer Mortality- to-Incidence Ratios to Illustrate Racial and Gender Disparities in a High-Risk Population. Cancer 2009; 115: 2539-2552.
Peel B, Sui X, Adams SA, Hébert JR, Hardin JW, and SN Blair. Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Breast Cancer Mortality: Findings from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS). Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2009; 41(4): 742-748 .
Smith ER, Adams SA, Prabhu-Das I, and JR Hebert. Breast Cancer Survival Among Economically Disadvantaged Women: The Influences of Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment on Mortality. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 2008, 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. Breast cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. J South Carolina Med Assoc 2006;102:231-239.
Drake BF, Keane TE, Mosley CM, Adams SA, Elder KT, Modayil MV, Ureda JR, Hebert JR. Prostate cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. J South Carolina Med Assoc 2006;102:241-249.
Hebert JR, Adams SA, Daguise VG, Hurley D, Smith EW, Purdon C, Lawson A, Mitas M, Reed CE. Esophageal cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. J South Carolina Med Assoc 2006;102:201-209.
Heiney SP, Adams SA, Cunningham JE, McKenzie W, Harmon B, Hebert JR, Modayil M. Subject Recruitment for Cancer Control Studies in an Adverse Environment. Cancer Nursing 2006; 29(4): 291-299.
Adams SA, Matthews CE, Hebert JR, Moore CG, Cunningham JE, Fulton J, Zheng W. The Association
Of Physical Activity With Hormone-Receptor Status: The Shanghai Breast Cancer Study.
Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 15(6): 1170-1178, 2006.
Adams SA, Matthews CE, Moore CG., Cunningham JE, Fulton JE, and Hebert JR. The Effect of Social Desirability and Social Approval on Self-Reports of Physical Activity. The American Journal of Epidemiology, 161(4): 389-398, 2005.
Adams S, Der Ananian C, DuBose K, Kirkland K, Ainsworth B. Physical Activity Levels Among Overweight and Obese Adults in South Carolina. The Southern Medical Journal, 96(6): 539-543, 2003.
Godder KT, Mehta J, Chiang KY, Adams S, van Rhee F, Singhal S, Higgins-Smith K, O'Neal W, DeRienzo S, Henslee-Downey JP. 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, 2001.
Chiang KY, van Rhee F, Godder K, Bridges K, Adams S, Mehta J, Henslee-Downey, PJ. Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation from Partially Mismatched Related Donors as Therapy for Primary Induction Failure Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Bone Marrow Trans- plantation, 27(5): 507-10, 2001.
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.