Tiffany N. Adams, PT, DPT, MBA

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Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

311 Trent Drive

Dr. Adams is a geriatric physical therapist with ten years of clinical experience, practicing primarily in the outpatient setting. She also has five years of entrepreneurial and administrative experience as co-owner of a physical therapy private practice. Dr. Adams serves as Vice Chair of APTA NC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the APTA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is passionate about increasing the presence and success of underrepresented minority students and faculty in the PT profession and mentoring students in the area of leadership development. 

Dr. Adams has presented on topics such as DEI, institutional assessment, and health disparities at local, state, and national levels. Additionally, she has served as a consultant in these areas for institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations.  Dr. Adams’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with an emphasis in diversity and social justice. She recently completed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate Program through the University of South Florida. 


•    PhD, Leadership Studies, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, 2019 - Present 
•    MBA, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, 2018
•    DPT, Elon University, 2010
•    BS, Education, Sports Medicine, University of Virginia, 2007


PT 650: Cultural Determinants of Health I, Course Director
PT 651: Cultural Determinants of Health II, Course Director
PT 750: Cultural Determinants of Health III, Course Director


Dr. Adams has been board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist since 2017. She primarily treats older adults in the outpatient setting. 


Dr. Adams’ research interests include health equity and disparities; diversity, equity, and inclusion in physical therapy, healthcare, and higher education; healthcare quality improvement; and leadership development. 

Awards and Honors

Social Responsibility Research Award, Global Health Special Interest Group, Health Policy and Administration Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2021
American Physical Therapy Association, North Carolina Chapter, Centennial Scholar, 2021
American Physical Therapy Association, Academy of Geriatrics, Emerging Leader Award, 2020
Triad Business Journal, Forty Leaders Under 40, 2019 
Elon University, Department of Physical Therapy, Rising Alumni Award, 2018 
Six Sigma Green Belt, 2017 
American Physical Therapy Association, Credentialed Clinical Instructor Level 1, 2011
Elon University DPT Education Outstanding Clinical Performance Award, 2010 

Selected Grants

Muztaba F (PI), Deb D (co-PI), Adams T (co-PI), Smith N (co-PI). $299,695 funded. Mining Mobile Crowdsensing to Optimize Community Health Clinic Management. National Science Foundation, October 2021–September 2023