Rachel Adams

Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH

Research Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management at BUSPH. She is a proud alum of BUSPH where she completed her Master in Public Health in Health Policy & Management followed by a PhD in Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Adams is a health services researcher with expertise studying substance use, disparities in treatment, and morbidity and mortality outcomes in high-risk populations (e.g., military/Veterans, persons with traumatic brain injury or other disabilities). She is coming to BUSPH from the Institute for Behavioral Health at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy & Management, where she led a portfolio of addiction health services research for over a decade. She has led studies from the National Institutes of Health (i.e, NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, and NCCIH), the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and Uniformed Services University at the Department of Defense. Dr. Adams has an appointment as a health services researcher with the Veterans Health Administration Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center in Aurora, Colorado and as an Investigator with the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System.

Dr. Adams is Multiple Principal Investigator (MPI) on a R01 from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Office of the Director at NIH which is integrating data from the Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration to enhance suicide prevention efforts for military members following deployment (Brenner/Adams). She is MPI of the Substance Use and Psychological Injury Combat Study - Pain Management (SUPIC), a longitudinal study examining the association of non-pharmacological treatments for pain management, as a complement or substitute to opioids, in relation to long-term health outcomes, funded by the Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at NIH (Larson/Adams). She was the Co-PI of the INROADS study, Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services, which examined the intersection between addiction, disability, and service provision in an effort to address the rise of opioid use disorders among people with disabilities, funded by NIDILRR. In collaboration with researchers from the Uniformed Services University, Dr. Adams is the Site-PI on a study examining healthcare utilization and readiness outcomes among soldiers with post-deployment at-risk drinking, by multimorbidity class. She has completed studies on the health effects of deployment for military spouses and children, and the impact of early behavioral health treatment in reducing long term substance use and psychological health problems postdeployment.


  • Brandeis University, PhD Field of Study: Social Policy
  • Brandeis University, MA Field of Study: Social Policy
  • Boston University, MPH Field of Study: Health Policy Management
  • Skidmore College, BA Field of Study: Sociology/Anthropology


  • Published on 3/21/2024

    Adams RS, Corrigan JD, Ritter GA, Pringle ZA, Zolotusky G, Blayney R, Reif S. Association of Disability Status and Type With Binge Drinking and Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Adults From a 3-State Sample. Subst Use Addctn J. 2024 Mar 21; 29767342241236027. PMID: 38509844.

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  • Published on 3/18/2024

    Strombotne KL, Li Y, Adams RS, Sadej ID, Garrido MM. Veterans Crisis Line Contacts After the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Rollout. Am J Prev Med. 2024 Mar 18. PMID: 38508424.

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  • Published on 2/27/2024

    Nghiem VT, Larson MJ, Adams RS, Moresco N, Highland KB. Opioid Prescription Clusters Associated With Early or Unplanned Military Separation. Mil Med. 2024 Feb 27; 189(3-4):e748-e757. PMID: 37646783.

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  • Published on 2/19/2024

    Adams RS, Huntington N, Highland KB, Moresco N, Carpenter J, Buchholz C, Larson MJ. Trends in annual prescription opioid receipt among US military members in the Military Health System during 2016-2021, by service, component, and deployment history. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2024 Feb 19. PMID: 38373817.

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  • Published on 1/5/2024

    Adams RS, Forster JE, Gradus JL, Hoffmire CA, Hostetter TA, Larson MJ, Smith AA, Walsh CG, Brenner LA. Divergent trends in accidental deaths since return from an Afghanistan/Iraq deployment among army soldiers. Ann Epidemiol. 2024 Mar; 91:23-29. PMID: 38185289.

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  • Published on 10/30/2023

    Larson MJ, Ritter G, Adams RS. Opioid prescribing to US military members. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2023 Oct 30. PMID: 37903624.

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  • Published on 8/22/2023

    Gray JC, Larson MJ, Moresco N, Dufour S, Ritter GA, DeLeon PD, Milliken CS, Vest N, Adams RS. Healthcare utilization and readiness outcomes among soldiers with post-deployment at-risk drinking, by multimorbidity class. Alcohol. 2024 Feb; 114:31-39. PMID: 37619959.

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  • Published on 7/26/2023

    Dufour S, Banaag A, Schoenfeld AJ, Adams RS, Koehlmoos TP, Gray JC. Diagnostic profiles associated with long-term opioid therapy in active duty servicemembers. PM R. 2024 Jan; 16(1):14-24. PMID: 37162022.

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  • Published on 7/3/2023

    Brenner LA, Forster JE, Gradus JL, Hostetter TA, Hoffmire CA, Walsh CG, Larson MJ, Stearns-Yoder KA, Adams RS. Associations of Military-Related Traumatic Brain Injury With New-Onset Mental Health Conditions and Suicide Risk. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jul 03; 6(7):e2326296. PMID: 37523186.

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  • Published on 6/20/2023

    Adams RS, McKetta SC, Jager J, Stewart MT, Keyes KM. Cohort effects of women's mid-life binge drinking and alcohol use disorder symptoms in the United States: Impacts of changes in timing of parenthood. Addiction. 2023 Oct; 118(10):1932-1941. PMID: 37338343.

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