Heather R. Adams, Ph.D.

Heather R. Adams, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 631
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2808
Fax: (585) 275-3683

Professional Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Doctoral Fellowship, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (stipend support) 1995
Master's Fellowship, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (stipend support) 1994
Psi Chi, State University of New York @ Geneseo 1989

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Nov
Ma M, Adams HR, Seltzer LE, Dobyns WB, Paciorkowski AR. "Phenotype Differentiation of FOXG1 and MECP2 Disorders: A New Method for Characterization of Developmental Encephalopathies." The Journal of pediatrics. 2016 Nov; 178:233-240.e10. Epub 2016 Sep 15.
2016 Jul
Johnson NE, Ekstrom AB, Campbell C, Hung M, Adams HR, Chen W, Luebbe E, Hilbert J, Moxley RT, Heatwole CR. "Parent-reported multi-national study of the impact of congenital and childhood onset myotonic dystrophy." Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2016 Jul; 58(7):698-705. Epub 2015 Oct 28.
2016 Jun
Shapiro E, Bernstein J, Adams HR, Barbier AJ, Buracchio T, Como P, Delaney KA, Eichler F, Goldsmith JC, Hogan M, Kovacs S, Mink JW, Odenkirchen J, Parisi MA, Skrinar A, Waisbren SE, Mulberg AE. "Neurocognitive clinical outcome assessments for inborn errors of metabolism and other rare conditions." Molecular genetics and metabolism. 2016 Jun; 118(2):65-9. Epub 2016 Apr 14.
2016 Apr
Seltzer L, Swartz MF, Kwon J, Burchfiel J, Cholette JM, Wang H, Sweeney D, Adams HR, Meagher C, Angona R, Guillet R, Alfieris GM. "Neurodevelopmental outcomes after neonatal cardiac surgery: Role of cortical isoelectric activity." The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 2016 Apr; 151(4):1137-42. Epub 2015 Oct 27.
2016 Mar
Ragbeer SN, Augustine EF, Mink JW, Thatcher AR, Vierhile AE, Adams HR. "Remote Assessment of Cognitive Function in Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten disease): A Pilot Study of Feasibility and Reliability." Journal of child neurology. 2016 Mar; 31(4):481-7. Epub 2015 Sep 02.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Neurology, Child Neurology (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology (SMD)


PhD | Clinical Psychology | Southern Illinois Univ2002
MA | Psychology | Southern Illinois Univ1995
BA | Psychology | SUNY Coll at Geneseo1991

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center11/01/2001 - 08/30/2003
Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center09/01/1999 - 10/31/2001
Internship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center09/01/1998 - 08/31/1999