Jimi Adams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor • Director of Undergraduate Major in Public Health
Health & Behavioral Sciences

Office Location:
North Classroom 3025C

Office Hours:
By appointment

My research examines patterns in social and behavioral networks that promote or constrain the diffusion of information, behaviors, and/or diseases through populations. Much of this work has focused on HIV/AIDS in "high risk" populations in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, this work has increasingly focused on examining the integrative patterns and processes in problem-focused areas of science that draw from many academic disciplines (e.g., HIV/AIDS, demography, the environment).

PhD, Ohio State University (Sociology) - 2007
MA, Ohio State University (Sociology) - 2004
BA, Virginia Tech (Interdisciplinary Studies) - 1998

Broadly, my research revolvesaround addressing how networks constrain or promote the diffusion of information and/or diseases through populations. Much of this work has focused on HIV/AIDS in "high risk" populations in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, I have spent more time examining the integrative patterns and processes in problem-focused areas of science that draw from many academic disciplines (e.g., HIV/AIDS, demography, the environment). In addition, I have a primary interest in using social network theory to improve strategies used in the design and implementation of primary data collection projects. 

Before coming to UCD, I was an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department and affiliate of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University, and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, where I was affiliated with the Center for Population Dynamics and the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity. Before that, I spent two years funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University.

2017. James Moody, jimi adams, & Martina Morris. "Epidemic Potential by Sexual Activity Distribution." Network Science 5(4): forthcoming.

2017. David R. Schaefer & jimi adams. "The Co-Evolution of Networks & Health." Network Science 5(3): 249-256.

2016. Ryan Light & jimi adams. "Knowledge in Motion: The Evolution of HIV/AIDS Research." Scientometrics 107(3): 1227-1248.

2016. jimi adams & David R. Schaefer. "How Initial Prevalence Moderates Network-Based Smoking Change: Estimating Contextual Effects with Stochastic Actor Based Models." Journal of Health & Social Behavior 57(1):22-38.

2015. jimi adams & Ryan Light. "Scientific Consensus, the Law, and Same Sex Parenting Outcomes." Social Science Research 53: 300-310.

2015. jimi adams. "Using Lord of the Flies to Teach Social Networks."Journal of Social Structure 16(7):1-21.

2015. jimi adams. "Glee's McKinley High: Following Middle America's Sexual Taboos." Network Science 3(2): 293-295.

2015. jimi adams. "AIDS in Africa." Contemporary Sociology 44(5):591-603. 

2014. jimi adams & Ryan Light. "Mapping Interdisciplinary Fields: Efficiencies, Gaps and Redundancies in HIV/AIDS Research." PLoS One 9(12): e115092. 

2013. jimi adams, James Moody & Martina Morris. "Sex, Drugs & Race: How Behaviors Differentially Contribute to STI-Risk Network Structure.American Journal of Public Health 103(2):322-329.

2013. David R. Schaefer, jimi adams & Steven A. Haas. "Social Networks and Smoking: Exploring the Effects of Influence and Smoker Popularity through Simulations." Health Education & Behavior 40(S1):24-32.

2012. jimi adams, Katherine Faust & Gina S. Lovasi. "Capturing Context: Integrating spatial & social network analyses." Social Networks 34(1):1-5.

2012. jimi adams, James Moody, Stephen Q. Muth & Martina Morris. "Quantifying the benefits of link-tracing designs for partnership network studies." Field Methods 24(2): 175-193. 

PBHL 4040 - Social Determinants of Health
PBHL 4099 - Capstone Experience in Public Health
HBSC 7011 - Theoretical Perspectives in Health and Behavioral Sciences I
HBSC 7071 - Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health
HBSC 7400 - Social Network Analysis