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Brief Biography

Rachel Adams is a research associate at the Natural Hazards Center and the National Science Foundation-funded CONVERGE initiative. Her research interests include building community resilience, reducing social vulnerability to disasters, and translating evidence-based practices in emergency preparedness and response. She earned her PhD in community health sciences from the University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health and her 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 the lead developer of the CONVERGE Training Modules, is the co-lead administrator of the Public Health Disaster Research Award Program, and is co-investigator of a mixed-methods study focusing on adopting Earthquake Early Warning systems in K-12 schools throughout the west coast of the United States. She also contributes to several research activities that focus on enhancing the ethical conduct and practical application of hazards and disaster research.