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Faculty and Staff

Swann A. Adams, PhD, MS, FACE

Title: Professor
Arnold School of Public Health (Dual Appointment)
Department: Biobehavioral Health & Nursing Science
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 has no projects that require assistance this semester but is potentially available to assist on a student’s project. 



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 Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of  Biomedical Sciences, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina in 2003.


Most recently, Dr. Adams has taught Nursing 811 and 720 as well as Epidemiology 802. She is enthusiastic about teaching students quantitative research methods and how to write competitive NIH grants.


Dr. Adams’ extensive research has focused on disparities in cancer across the continuum from prevention/screening to diagnosis to long-term survivorship.

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.               

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.

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.

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.

Molecular Diagnostic Testing In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Office of Research-University of South Carolina-$ 4,958.  3/01/2015- 2/29/2016. Mentor (PI: Ersek). 

A Geospatial Investigation Of Breast Cancer Treatment (1 R15 CA179355-01A1). National Cancer Institute/NIH-$425,800.  9/2014-9/2016. Principal Investigator.

Publications (Selected)

A complete listing of all published manuscripts. 

Other In Press or Submitted Manuscripts include:

Choi SK*, Adams SA, Eberth JM, Brandt HM, Friedman DB, Tucker-Seeley R, Yip MP, and JR Hebert. Medicaid coverage expansion and cancer disparities. Submitted to American Journal of Public Health, 2015.

Khan-Gates J*, Ersek JL*, Eberth JM, Adams SA, and S Pruitt. Geographic access to mammography and its relationship to breast cancer screening and stage at diagnosis: a systematic review. Women’s Health Issues. In Press, 2015. 

Adams SA, Choi SK*, Khang L*, Campbell D, Friedman D, Eberth J, Glasgow R, Tucker-Seeley R, Yip MP, Young V, and Hebert JR.  Is Availability of Mammography Services at Federally Qualified Health Centers Associated with Breast Cancer Mortality-to-Incidence Ratios? An Ecological Analysis? Journal of Women’s Health. In Press, 2015.  

Adams SA, Wirth MD, Khan S, Murphy EA, Heiney SP, Davis LC, Davis B, Drayton RF, Hurley TG, Blair SM, and JR Hebert. The Association of C-Reactive Protein and Physical Activity Among African Americans. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In Press, 2015. 

Bottai M, Grotta A, Adami HO, Adams SA, Akre O, Blair SN, Mariosa D, Nyren O, Ye W, Stattin P, Bellocco, and YT Lagerro.  Physical Activity and Body Mass Index as Predictors of Prostate Cancer Risk and Survival. World Journal of Urology. In Press, 2015. 

Heiney SP, Adams SA, Malone S, Marble E. Thirteen Year Evaluation of Arts and Healthcare Program. Journal of Creative Behavior. In Press, 2015. 

Adams SA, Choi SK*, Khang L*, Campbell D, Friedman D, Eberth J, Glasgow R, Tucker-Seeley R, Xirasagar S, Yip MP, Young V, and Hebert JR. Decrease in Cancer Mortality-to-Incidence Ratios with Increased Density of Federally Qualified Health Centers: An Ecological Analysis. Journal of Community Health. In Press, 2015. 

Bell NE, Arrington A, and Adams SA. Census-based socioeconomic indicators for monitoring injury causes in the US: a review.  Injury Prevention. In Press, 2015. 


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.

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