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Professor Adam studies how everyday life experiences in home, school, and work settings influence levels of perceived and biological stress in children, adolescents, and young adults. Her work traces the pathways by which stress "gets under the skin" to contribute to youth outcomes. By using noninvasive methods such as measurement of the stress-sensitive hormone cortisol, and measurement of sleep hours and quality, she is identifying the key factors that cause biological stress in children and adolescents, and the implications of biological stress for daily functioning, emotional and physical health, cognition, and academic outcomes. Adam’s work has revealed racial and socioeconomic disparities in cortisol and sleep, with potential implications for understanding disparities in health and attainment. Adam’s recent theoretical models and current program of research are focused on understanding the impact of race-based stress on youth stress biology and developmental outcomes. She is currently testing several interventions aimed at improving youth health and academic outcomes by reducing perceived stress, regulating stress biology, and promoting race-based coping resources, such as a strong ethnic and racial identity.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Policy, MA, The University of Chicago

… → 1998

Child Psychology, PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

… → 1998

Applied Developmental Psychology, MA, University of Toronto

… → 1992

Psychology, BSc, University of Toronto

… → 1990

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