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Research Interests

Identifying social influences on emotional and physiological stress in children and adolescents and their parents; effects of physiological stress on emotional and physical health, in particular the role of HPA axis activity in early health disparities and the development of emotional disorders over the transition to adulthood. Factors predicting emotion and physiological stress in young children, adolescents and adults in the context of their everyday lives including home, work and school contexts; especially the role of interpersonal relationships as elicitors and buffers of stress Short-term effects of physiological stress for everyday functioning; cumulative effects of physiological stress on the development of emotional and physical health disorders and academic attainment Social influences on sleep timing and quality in naturalistic settings using diary-based measures and actigraphy. Implications of short-term (day-to-day) changes in sleep for emotion and cognition and of individual differences in sleep timing and quality for mental and physical health outcomes Effects of parent-child attachment relationships and of early adverse relationship experiences on the socioemotional and psychoendocrine development of children and adolescents Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in stress, sleep and health; the impact of perceived discrimination on biological stress processes

Training Experience

2009Methods and Applications of Molecular Biomarker Research at MRC SGDP Centre Summer School, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College
2004Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University
1998 - 2000Post-doctoral Fellow, Sloan Center on Parents, Children and Work at University of Chicago
Trained in Infant Attachment/Strange Situation coding at
Trained and certified in Adult Attachment Interview coding at


  • Policy
  • Sleep & Child/Adolescent Well-Being
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • HLM
  • Population Research
  • Adolescent Development
  • Motivation & Emotion
  • Stress
  • Communities & Families
  • Health & Well-being
  • Psychobiology of
  • Social & Emotional Development

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Research Output 1995 2018

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

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
Text Messaging
5 Citations

Diurnal cortisol slopes and mental and physical health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Adam, E. K., Quinn, M. E., Tavernier, R., McQuillan, M. T., Dahlke, K. A. & Gilbert, K. E. Sep 1 2017 In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 83, p. 25-41 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Mental Health
1 Citations

Does socioeconomic status mediate racial differences in the cortisol response in middle childhood?

Tackett, J. L., Herzhoff, K., Smack, A. J., Reardon, K. W. & Adam, E. K. Jul 1 2017 In : Health Psychology. 36, 7, p. 662-672 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Class
Exercise Test