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Karin L. Adams, PhD

Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health and Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Environmental Health & Safety

Karin Adams, Community and Environmental Health, Studio Portrait

Karin Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health and is the Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health program at Boise State University. Dr. Adams also serves as the Co-Director for the Center of Excellence in Environmental Health & Safety at Boise State. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana. Dr. Adams is a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist with over a decade of field and program management experience in the discipline of Industrial Hygiene.

Dr. Adams practiced Industrial Hygiene for 14 years prior to joining Boise State University in 2016. Dr. Adams performed industrial hygiene program management and fieldwork in a variety of industries, including, chemical manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and agriculture. Her health and safety career began in petroleum manufacturing and transitioned into the healthcare industry. Dr. Adams developed and implemented the respiratory protection program for Mycobacterium tuberculosis at the Mayo Clinic servicing over 25,000 employees. Dr. Adams was a consultant at the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. The Center is one of ten regional hubs funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. There, Dr. Adams conducted research, education, and prevention/intervention programs to improve the health and safety of ranchers, farmers, and agricultural workers. Dr. Adams was an instructor at Colorado State University, where she developed and delivered graduate and undergraduate-level health and safety courses.

Dr. Adams’ research and teaching specialties include occupational health and safety. She is specifically interested in health and safety as it relates to the assessment and control of hazardous noise and airborne contaminant exposures. Peer-reviewed publications related to her research specialty include a pilot and follow-up study characterizing the noise exposure and temporary hearing loss of indoor hockey officials in northern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

Dr. Adams is the faculty adviser for the student section of the Snake River American Society of Safety Engineers/American Industrial Hygiene Association at Boise State University. She also serves as a Board Director of the National Hearing Conservation Association Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Adams holds professional memberships in the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the National Hearing Conservation Association.

Dr. Adams has experience teaching industrial hygiene, occupational health, noise and other physical hazards, environmental and occupational health control methods, hazardous waste management, toxicology, occupational health and safety, safety program development and management, and air quality management.


  • Karin L. Adams, Ammon Langley and William Brazile. “Noise Exposure and Hearing Loss of Indoor Hockey Officials: A Pilot Study” Journal of Environmental Health Vol. 79 Iss. 4 (2016) p. 22 – 26.
  • Karin L. Adams and William J. Brazile. “A Faceoff with Hazardous Noise: Noise Exposure and Hearing Threshold Shifts of Indoor Hockey Officials” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (2016)

Contact Information

Office: HSRV 110
Phone: (208) 426-3979
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