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Nicole Adams

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise

  • Substance Use in Communities
  • Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Incorporating New Technology to Improve Organizational Efficiency

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

School of Nursing Research Area(s)

  • Health Policy and Evaluation
  • Healthcare Systems and Organizations
  • Mental Health


Dr. Adams conducts research focused on community responses and collaborations addressing the opioid crisis, substance use, and mental health.  As an associate member of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE),  she works closely with engineers to develop innovative tools for use by communities and organizations.  Dr. Adams applies concepts from Systems Thinking and Complex Adaptive Models to evaluate community resources and build collaboration between entities.  She also focuses on including human factors and end-user perspectives into new technologies to improve healthcare delivery and organizational efficiency. Dr. Adams has created educational videos, presentations, and modules about substance use and recovery that are approachable to those in academia as well as the general public.  Her previous research has included topics related to health economics, hospital payment systems, and value-based purchasing.


  • PhD, 2016, University of New Mexico
  • MSN, 2011, University of New Mexico
  • ASN, 2004, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • BS Geology, 1997, Purdue University

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Purdue-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program-Faculty Mentor

Current Courses

  • NUR 223 - Foundations of Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • NUR 226 - Topics in Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • NUR 632 - Health Policy: Local to Global

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Recognition of Service- Tippecanoe County Recovery Community - 2019
  • Gary Henriott Community Impact Award- United Way of Greater Lafayette - 2019
  • Faculty Engagement Award- Purdue University - 2021

Selected Grants

  • Co-Lead, Shah Family Global Innovation Seed Grant Award, Nan Kong (PI), Period: July 2021-June 2022
  • Co-Lead, Purdue Engineering Initiative (PEI) Seed Grant, Nan Kong (PI), Period: July 2021-June 2022
  • Key Personnel, Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration, Karen Foli (PI), Period September 2020- August 2021