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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

2002
PhD | Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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

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

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Awards

1995
Doctoral Fellowship, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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

6/9/2020
Masten MC, Williams JD, Vermilion J, Adams HR, Vierhile A, Collins A, Marshall FJ, Augustine EF, Mink JW. "The CLN3 Disease Staging System: A new tool for clinical research in Batten disease." Neurology.. 2020 Jun 9; 94(23):e2436-e2440. Epub 2020 Apr 16.

6/9/2020
Vermilion J, Pedraza C, Augustine EF, Adams HR, Vierhile A, Lewin AB, Collins AT, McDermott MP, O'Connor T, Kurlan R, van Wijngaarden E, Murphy TK, Mink JW. "Anxiety Symptoms Differ in Youth With and Without Tic Disorders." Child psychiatry and human development.. 2020 Jun 9; Epub 2020 Jun 09.

4/2020
Vermilion J, Augustine E, Adams HR, Vierhile A, Lewin AB, Thatcher A, McDermott MP, O'Connor T, Kurlan R, van Wijngaarden E, Murphy TK, Mink JW. "Tic Disorders are Associated With Lower Child and Parent Quality of Life and Worse Family Functioning." Pediatric neurology.. 2020 Apr 0; 105:48-54. Epub 2019 Dec 27.

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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