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Heather R. Adams, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-2808

Fax: (585) 275-3683

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Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Heather R. Adams PhD completed her internship in Clinical Child Psychology (1998-1999) and a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology (1999-2003) at the University of Rochester Medical Center and joined the URMC faculty in 2003. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics. Her research interests are centered on evaluation and care of children with inherited neurodegenerative diseases, including Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten Disease), Tourette Syndrome, and cognitive features of pediatric hypertension. She is involved in projects to characterize the natural history and neurobehavioral phenotype of Batten Disease, evaluate the psychosocial impact upon children with Tourette Syndrome, and characterize the incidence of tics in an ethnically diverse sample in the Rochester community. Her research interests also include a collaboration with Dr. Marc Lande, MD, a pediatric nephrologist at URMC who is studying Executive Function in Pediatric Hypertension.

Dr. Adams' clinical practice consists of psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment services. Her psychotherapy practice has particular focus on evidence-based treatments for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and for behavioral management of tics. Her neuropsychological assessment clinic serves a broad range of children who are experiencing cognitive and/or behavioral challenges in the setting of a neurologic condition.

Credentials

Education

1991
BA | SUNY Coll at Geneseo
Psychology

1995
MA | Southern Illinois Univ
Psychology

2002
PhD | Southern Illinois Univ
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

11/01/2001 - 08/30/2003
Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center - GME Office

09/01/1999 - 10/31/2001
Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center - GME Office

09/01/1998 - 08/31/1999
Internship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center - GME Office

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Awards

1995
Doctoral Fellowship, Southern Illinois University at Carbondaile

1994
Master's Fellowship, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

1989
Psi Chi, State University of New York @ Geneseo

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Publications

Journal Articles

2019
Elmerskog, B; Tossebro, AG; Atkinson, R; Rokne, S; Cole, B; Ockelford, A; Adams, HR. "Overview of advances in educational and social supports for young persons with NCL disorders". BBA Molecular Basis of Disease. 2019; .

2019
Adams, HR; Beck, A; Defendorf, S; Vierhile, A; Timm, D; Weimer, J; Mink, JW; Marshal, FJ; Augustine, EF. "A novel, hybrid single- and multi-site clinical trial design for CLN3 disease, an ultra-rare lysosomal storage disorder". Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials. 2019; .

10/2018
Kupferman JC, Batisky DL, Samuels J, Adams HR, Hooper SR, Wang H, Lande MB. "Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and neurocognitive function in children with primary hypertension." Pediatric nephrology : journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association.. 2018 Oct 0; 33(10):1765-1771. Epub 2018 Jun 12.

Books & Chapters

2018
Chapter Title: Cognitive and Behavioral Aspects of Childhood Hypertension
Book Title: Pediatric Hypertension. Fourth edition
Author List: Lande, MB; Kupferman, JC; Adams, HR
Edited By: Flynn, JT; Ingelfinger, JR; Redwine, K
Published By: Springer International Publishing 2018

2013
Chapter Title: Cognitive and Behavioral Aspects of Childhood Hypertension
Book Title: Pediatric Hypertension: Third edition
Author List: Lande, MB; Kupferman, JC; Adams, HR
Edited By: Flynn, JT; Ingelfinger, JR; Portman, RJ
Published By: Springer 2013

2010
Chapter Title: Psychoeducational Testing in Adolescents
Book Title: AAP Textbook of Adolescent Health Care
Author List: Adams, HR
Edited By: Fisher MM, Alderman EM, Kreipe ER, Rosenfeld WD
Published By: American Academy of Pediatrics 2010 in Elk Grove Village, IL

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