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Emma Adam is a developmental psychologist with an interest in applying theory and research on human development to informing policies and programs aimed at improving the wellbeing of children, adolescents and young adults. She is an expert in the developmental psychobiology of stress and sleep. Adam studies the contributions of work, school, family and individual factors to physiological stress in adolescents and young adults and the implications of stress for child and adolescent behavioral, cognitive and emotional development. She also examines social influences on sleep in children and adolescents, and the implications of variations in sleep timing and quality for health and performance. Her current research projects examine the role of stress, stress hormones and sleep in the development of mood and anxiety disorders in adolescents and young adults; racial/ethnic disparities in stress and the impact of perceived discrimination on stress hormones, sleep and health; the impact of early adverse relationship experiences on biological stress and health in young adults; and how variations in stress and sleep affect the executive functioning and academic performance of Chicago Public Schools students.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Policy, MA, The University of Chicago

… → 1998

Child Psychology, PhD, University of Minnesota

… → 1998

Applied Developmental Psychology, MA, University of Toronto

… → 1992

Psychology, BSc, University of Toronto

… → 1990

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Research Output 1995 2018

Antenatal depression, psychotropic medication use, and inflammation among pregnant women

Miller, E. S., Grobman, W. A., Culhane, J., Adam, E., Buss, C., Entringer, S., Miller, G., Wadhwa, P. D., Keenan-Devlin, L. & Borders, A., Jun 4 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Women's Mental Health. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pregnant Women
Epidemiologic Studies
Drug Therapy
1 Citations

Stress during pregnancy and gestational weight gain

Kominiarek, M. A., Grobman, W., Adam, E., Buss, C., Culhane, J., Entringer, S., Simhan, H., Wadhwa, P. D., Kim, K. Y., Keenan-Devlin, L. & Borders, A., Jan 29 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Perinatology. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Weight Gain
Life Change Events
Gestational Diabetes
Marital Status

Taking on the stress-depression link: Meaning as a resource in adolescence

Dulaney, E. S., Graupmann, V., Grant, K. E., Adam, E. K. & Chen, E., Jun 1 2018, In : Journal of Adolescence. 65, p. 39-49 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Adolescents' technology and face-to-face time use predict objective sleep outcomes

Tavernier, R., Heissel, J. A., Sladek, M. R., Grant, K. E. & Adam, E. K., Aug 1 2017, In : Sleep Health. 3, 4, p. 276-283 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Text Messaging
Linear Models
1 Citations

An Introduction to Cultural Neurobiology: Evidence from Physiological Stress Systems

Doane, L. D., Sladek, M. R. & Adam, E. K., Aug 22 2017, The Handbook of Culture and Biology Interplay. wiley, p. 227-254 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Physiological Stress
Autonomic Nervous System