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Zachary W. Adams

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InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
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    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
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    1. Danielson CK, Adams Z, McCart MR, Chapman JE, Sheidow AJ, Walker J, Smalling A, de Arellano MA. Safety and Efficacy of Exposure-Based Risk Reduction Through Family Therapy for Co-occurring Substance Use Problems and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Among Adolescents: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020 Feb 05. PMID: 32022827.
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    2. Dir AL, Allebach CL, Hummer TA, Adams ZW, Aalsma MC, Finn PR, Nurnberger JI, Hulvershorn LA. Atypical Cortical Activation During Risky Decision Making in Disruptive Behavior Disordered Youths With Histories of Suicidal Ideation. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2019 Nov 11. PMID: 32007432.
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    3. Bell TM, Raymond J, Vetor A, Mongalo A, Adams Z, Rouse T, Carroll A. Long-term prescription opioid utilization, substance use disorders, and opioid overdoses after adolescent trauma. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Oct; 87(4):836-840. PMID: 30889139.
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    4. Stafford AM, Garbuz T, Etter DJ, Adams ZW, Hulvershorn LA, Downs SM, Aalsma MC. The Natural Course of Adolescent Depression Treatment in the Primary Care Setting. J Pediatr Health Care. 2020 Jan - Feb; 34(1):38-46. PMID: 31548140.
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    5. Aalsma MC, Dir AL, Zapolski TCB, Hulvershorn LA, Monahan PO, Saldana L, Adams ZW. Implementing risk stratification to the treatment of adolescent substance use among youth involved in the juvenile justice system: protocol of a hybrid type I trial. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2019 09 06; 14(1):36. PMID: 31492186.
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    6. Walker J, Bountress KE, Calhoun CD, Metzger IW, Adams Z, Amstadter A, Thomas S, Danielson CK. Impulsivity and Comorbid PTSD and Binge Drinking. J Dual Diagn. 2018 Apr-Jun; 14(2):89-95. PMID: 29505396.
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    7. Agley J, Adams ZW, Hulvershorn LA. Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) as a tool for continuing medical education on opioid use disorder and comorbidities. Addiction. 2019 03; 114(3):573-574. PMID: 30397977.
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    8. Davidson TM, Bunnell BE, Saunders BE, Hanson RF, Danielson CK, Cook D, Chu BC, Dorsey S, Adams ZW, Andrews AR, Walker JH, Soltis KE, Cohen JA, Deblinger E, Ruggiero KJ. Pilot Evaluation of a Tablet-Based Application to Improve Quality of Care in Child Mental Health Treatment. Behav Ther. 2019 03; 50(2):367-379. PMID: 30824252.
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    9. Adams ZW, Sieverdes JC, Brunner-Jackson B, Mueller M, Chandler J, Diaz V, Patel S, Sox LR, Wilder S, Treiber FA. Meditation smartphone application effects on prehypertensive adults' blood pressure: Dose-response feasibility trial. Health Psychol. 2018 Sep; 37(9):850-860. PMID: 30010353.
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    10. Orengo-Aguayo RE, Hanson RF, Moreland AD, Jobe-Shields L, Adams ZW. Enhancing the Delivery of an Empirically-Supported Trauma-Focused Treatment for Adolescents: Providers' Views of the Role of Technology and Web-Based Resources. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2018 07; 45(4):575-586. PMID: 29305776.
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    11. Dir AL, Bell RL, Adams ZW, Hulvershorn LA. Gender Differences in Risk Factors for Adolescent Binge Drinking and Implications for Intervention and Prevention. Front Psychiatry. 2017; 8:289. PMID: 29312017.
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    12. Sieverdes JC, Adams ZW, Nemeth L, Brunner-Jackson B, Mueller M, Anderson A, Patel S, Sox L, Treiber FA. Formative evaluation on cultural tailoring breathing awareness meditation smartphone apps to reduce stress and blood pressure. Mhealth. 2017; 3:44. PMID: 29184896.
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    13. Adams ZW, Meinzer M, Mandel H, Voltin J, Caughron B, Sallee FR, Hamner M, Wang Z. Cue-dependent inhibition in posttraumatic stress disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Anxiety Disord. 2017 Oct; 51:1-6. PMID: 28818658.
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    14. Mirhashem R, Allen HC, Adams ZW, van Stolk-Cooke K, Legrand A, Price M. The intervening role of urgency on the association between childhood maltreatment, PTSD, and substance-related problems. Addict Behav. 2017 06; 69:98-103. PMID: 28219827.
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    15. Miller K, Yost B, Abbott C, Thompson S, Dlugi E, Adams Z, Schulman M, Strauss N. Health Needs Assessment of Plain Populations in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. J Community Health. 2017 Feb; 42(1):35-42. PMID: 27439323.
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    16. Danielson CK, Cohen JR, Adams ZW, Youngstrom EA, Soltis K, Amstadter AB, Ruggiero KJ. Clinical Decision-Making Following Disasters: Efficient Identification of PTSD Risk in Adolescents. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2017 01; 45(1):117-129. PMID: 27103002.
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    17. Derefinko KJ, Charnigo RJ, Peters JR, Adams ZW, Milich R, Lynam DR. Substance Use Trajectories From Early Adolescence Through the Transition to College. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2016 11; 77(6):924-935. PMID: 27797694.
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    18. Bountress K, Adams ZW, Gilmore AK, Amstadter AB, Thomas S, Danielson CK. Associations among impulsivity, trauma history, and alcohol misuse within a young adult sample. Addict Behav. 2017 01; 64:179-184. PMID: 27619009.
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    19. Adams ZW, McCauley JL, Back SE, Flanagan JC, Hanson RF, Killeen TK, Danielson CK. Clinician Perspectives on Treating Adolescents with Co-occurring Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use, and Other Problems. J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse. 2016; 25(6):575-583. PMID: 27840568.
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    20. Cohen JR, Adams ZW, Menon SV, Youngstrom EA, Bunnell BE, Acierno R, Ruggiero KJ, Danielson CK. How should we screen for depression following a natural disaster? An ROC approach to post-disaster screening in adolescents and adults. J Affect Disord. 2016 Sep 15; 202:102-9. PMID: 27259082.
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    21. Cohen JR, Danielson CK, Adams ZW, Ruggiero KJ. Distress Tolerance and Social Support in Adolescence: Predicting Risk for Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms Following a Natural Disaster. J Psychopathol Behav Assess. 2016 Dec; 38(4):538-546. PMID: 28163364.
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    22. Adams ZW, Schacht JP, Randall P, Anton RF. The Reasons for Heavy Drinking Questionnaire: Factor Structure and Validity in Alcohol-Dependent Adults Involved in Clinical Trials. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2016 Mar; 77(2):354-61. PMID: 26997195.
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    23. Ruggiero KJ, Bunnell BE, Andrews Iii AR, Davidson TM, Hanson RF, Danielson CK, Saunders BE, Soltis K, Yarian C, Chu B, Adams ZW. Development and Pilot Evaluation of a Tablet-Based Application to Improve Quality of Care in Child Mental Health Treatment. JMIR Res Protoc. 2015 Dec 30; 4(4):e143. PMID: 26717906.
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    24. Danielson CK, Sumner JA, Adams ZW, McCauley JL, Carpenter M, Amstadter AB, Ruggiero KJ. Adolescent Substance Use Following a Deadly U.S. Tornado Outbreak: A Population-Based Study of 2,000 Families. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2017 Sep-Oct; 46(5):732-745. PMID: 26605673.
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    25. Adams ZW, Moreland A, Cohen JR, Lee RC, Hanson RF, Danielson CK, Self-Brown S, Briggs EC. Polyvictimization: Latent profiles and mental health outcomes in a clinical sample of adolescents. Psychol Violence. 2016 Jan 01; 6(1):145-155. PMID: 26958417.
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    26. Ruggiero KJ, Price M, Adams Z, Stauffacher K, McCauley J, Danielson CK, Knapp R, Hanson RF, Davidson TM, Amstadter AB, Carpenter MJ, Saunders BE, Kilpatrick DG, Resnick HS. Web Intervention for Adolescents Affected by Disaster: Population-Based Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Sep; 54(9):709-17. PMID: 26299292.
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    27. Paul LA, Felton JW, Adams ZW, Welsh K, Miller S, Ruggiero KJ. Mental Health Among Adolescents Exposed to a Tornado: The Influence of Social Support and Its Interactions With Sociodemographic Characteristics and Disaster Exposure. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Jun; 28(3):232-9. PMID: 26031997.
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    28. Adams Z, Adams T, Stauffacher K, Mandel H, Wang Z. The Effects of Inattentiveness and Hyperactivity on Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms: Does a Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Matter? J Atten Disord. 2015 Apr 16. PMID: 25882836.
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    29. Lee DC, Peters JR, Adams ZW, Milich R, Lynam DR. Specific dimensions of impulsivity are differentially associated with daily and non-daily cigarette smoking in young adults. Addict Behav. 2015 Jul; 46:82-5. PMID: 25827335.
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    30. Adams ZW, Danielson CK, Sumner JA, McCauley JL, Cohen JR, Ruggiero KJ. Comorbidity of PTSD, Major Depression, and Substance Use Disorder Among Adolescent Victims of the Spring 2011 Tornadoes in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri. Psychiatry. 2015; 78(2):170-85. PMID: 26168094.
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    31. Sumner JA, Pietrzak RH, Danielson CK, Adams ZW, Ruggiero KJ. Elucidating dimensions of posttraumatic stress symptoms and their functional correlates in disaster-exposed adolescents. J Psychiatr Res. 2014 Dec; 59:85-92. PMID: 25248557.
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    32. Derefinko KJ, Peters JR, Eisenlohr-Moul TA, Walsh EC, Adams ZW, Lynam DR. Relations between trait impulsivity, behavioral impulsivity, physiological arousal, and risky sexual behavior among young men. Arch Sex Behav. 2014 Aug; 43(6):1149-58. PMID: 24958252.
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    33. Roberts W, Peters JR, Adams ZW, Lynam DR, Milich R. Identifying the facets of impulsivity that explain the relation between ADHD symptoms and substance use in a nonclinical sample. Addict Behav. 2014 Aug; 39(8):1272-7. PMID: 24813555.
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    34. Saunders BE, Adams ZW. Epidemiology of traumatic experiences in childhood. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Apr; 23(2):167-84, vii. PMID: 24656575.
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    35. Adams ZW, Sumner JA, Danielson CK, McCauley JL, Resnick HS, Grös K, Paul LA, Welsh KE, Ruggiero KJ. Prevalence and predictors of PTSD and depression among adolescent victims of the Spring 2011 tornado outbreak. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2014 Sep; 55(9):1047-55. PMID: 24580551.
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    36. Felton JW Adams ZW MacPherson L Danielson CK. In S. O. Okpaku (Ed.), Essentials of Global Mental Health. Global adolescent substance use. 2014.
    37. Sumner J Pietrzak R Danielson CK Adams ZW Ruggiero KJ. Elucidating dimensions of posttraumatic stress symptoms and their functional correlates in tornado-exposed adolescents. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2014.
    38. Adams ZW, Milich R, Lynam DR, Charnigo RJ. Interactive effects of drinking history and impulsivity on college drinking. Addict Behav. 2013 Dec; 38(12):2860-7. PMID: 24018231.
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    39. Adams ZW, McCart MR, Zajac K, Danielson CK, Sawyer GK, Saunders BE, Kilpatrick DG. Psychiatric problems and trauma exposure in nondetained delinquent and nondelinquent adolescents. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2013; 42(3):323-31. PMID: 23236966.
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    40. Adams ZW, Kaiser AJ, Lynam DR, Charnigo RJ, Milich R. Drinking motives as mediators of the impulsivity-substance use relation: pathways for negative urgency, lack of premeditation, and sensation seeking. Addict Behav. 2012 Jul; 37(7):848-55. PMID: 22472524.
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    41. Gipson CD, Beckmann JS, Adams ZW, Marusich JA, Nesland TO, Yates JR, Kelly TH, Bardo MT. A translational behavioral model of mood-based impulsivity: Implications for substance abuse. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Apr 01; 122(1-2):93-9. PMID: 21975194.
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    42. Adams ZW, Roberts WM, Milich R, Fillmore MT. Does response variability predict distractibility among adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? Psychol Assess. 2011 Jun; 23(2):427-36. PMID: 21443365.
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    43. Adams ZW, Milich R, Fillmore MT. Examining manual and visual response inhibition among ADHD subtypes. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2010 Oct; 38(7):971-83. PMID: 20449644.
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    44. Adams ZW Boyd SE. Ethical challenges in the treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Ethics & Behavior. 2010; 6(20):407-418.
    45. Adams ZW Milich R Fillmore MT. In R. Barkley (Ed.), The ADHD Report. A case for the return of attention-deficit disorder in DSM-5: Commentary on the proposed options for attention-deficit without hyperactivity. 2010; 3(18):1-6.
    46. Derefinko KJ, Adams ZW, Milich R, Fillmore MT, Lorch EP, Lynam DR. Response style differences in the inattentive and combined subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2008 Jul; 36(5):745-58. PMID: 18175214.
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    47. Adams ZW, Derefinko KJ, Milich R, Fillmore MT. Inhibitory functioning across ADHD subtypes: recent findings, clinical implications, and future directions. Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2008; 14(4):268-75. PMID: 19072751.
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    48. Ross SR, Benning SD, Adams Z. Symptoms of executive dysfunction are endemic to secondary psychopathy: an examination in criminal offenders and noninstitutionalized young adults. J Pers Disord. 2007 Aug; 21(4):384-99. PMID: 17685835.
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    49. Ross SR Benning SD Adams Z. Symptoms of executive dysfunction are endemic to secondary psychopathy: An examination of criminal offenders and noninstitutionalized young adults. Journal of Personality Disorders. 2007; (36):745-758.
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