Jeffrey Adams, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

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  • 2014 Fellow
    Jeffrey Adams


Jeff Adams, LLC

Belmont, MA

Dr. Jeff Adams is a Principal of Jeff Adams, LLC.  His leadership stems from his experience focusing on strategic message articulation and an understanding of identifying innovative opportunities to influence outcomes in policy, practice, research, and education across the US. 

Dr. Adams’ two published models are widely used to frame policy and practice work, 1) The Adams Influence Model (AIM) defines the factors, attributes and process of influence & power and 2) The Model of the Interrelationship of Leadership, Environments and Outcomes for Nurse Executives (MILE ONE) synthesizes existing literature to provide structure of emphasis for nursing administration education and care delivery roles.  He is also the lead developer of the MGH Model for Innovation in Care Delivery, identifying the relationship between innovative process and products. With RWJF ENF colleagues, he recently developed the Leadership Influence Self Assessment (LISA) instrument.  In his groundbreaking multi-source funded study, using his Leadership Influence over Professional Practice Environment Scale he led the team that first identified a relationship between leadership and patient experience quality outcomes across 30+ acute care sites throughout the United States.

Jeff is a Co-Founder the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development (WORLD-Institute), an innovative academic/ practice collaboration between Arizona State University(ASU) and the Harvard Affiliated - Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute aimed at addressing leadership policy, practice, research, education through accelerating innovation and pooling knowledge, expertise, and resources to identify, quantify and develop exemplary leadership.  

Dr. Adams has also served as the Director of the Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership in collaboration with the American Association for Physician Leaders, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and ASU and the Director of the Center for Innovations in Care Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jeff is a member of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and AAN Expert Panel on Building Systems Excellence has selected his work to serve as the panel’s model. 

Most importantly he is Dad to Tieren, Kallen and Sabine.