Biographical Sketch: Dr. Zachary (Zack) Adams is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky, completed his internship at MUSC, and completed a two-year NIMH research postdoctoral fellowship at MUSC. His current work focuses on how certain individual characteristics (personality, emotions, physiology) interact with traumatic experiences (maltreatment, assault, disaster) to influence risk for behavioral and emotional problems in young people. He is also interested in studying the effects of secondary prevention efforts to reduce violence and substance use among trauma-exposed youth, as well as models for improving access and delivery of these services among high-risk populations. Dr. Adams currently has a Career Development Award through MUSC’s NIDA K12 program. His project entails development and evaluation of procedures for remotely measuring stress-related biomarkers, PTSD symptoms, and substance use/craving in adolescents via mobile devices. He is involved in several other research and clinical service projects in collaboration with other faculty at NCVC and the MUSC College of Nursing focused on adolescent traumatic stress, trauma-related substance use, and technology-based tools for assessment and intervention. With support from the MUSC Community Engaged Scholars Program, Dr. Adams is also engaged in research with community partners to deliver evidence-based parenting services via an afterschool program focused on social-emotional learning (WINGS for Kids).
Research and/or Clinical Expertise: child and adolescent trauma; posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); substance use and health risk behaviors; comorbidity; integrated behavioral treatments; mobile health (mHealth); technology-based interventions; individual differences in risk for psychopathology; community-based participatory research methods