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

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 17 available »

2013 Mar
Kupferman JC, Lande MB, Adams HR, Pavlakis SG. "Primary hypertension and neurocognitive and executive functioning in school-age children." Pediatric nephrology : journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. 2013 Mar; 28(3):401-8. Epub 2012 Jun 13.
2012 Jun
Lande MB, Kupferman JC, Adams HR. "Neurocognitive alterations in hypertensive children and adolescents." Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.). 2012 Jun; 14(6):353-9. Epub 2012 May 21.
2012 May
Cialone J, Adams H, Augustine EF, Marshall FJ, Kwon JM, Newhouse N, Vierhile A, Levy E, Dure LS, Rose KR, Ramirez-Montealegre D, de Blieck EA, Mink JW. "Females experience a more severe disease course in Batten disease." Journal of inherited metabolic disease. 2012 May; 35(3):549-55. Epub 2011 Dec 14.
2011 Oct 18
Rosenberger PB, Adams HR. "Big brain/smart brain." Neurology. 2011 Oct 18; 77(16):1504-5. Epub 2011 Oct 12.
Cialone J; Augustine EF; Newhouse N; Adams H; Vierhile A; Marshall FJ; de Blieck EA; Kwon J; Rothberg PG; Mink JW. , 2001. "Parent-reported benefits of flupirtine in Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten Disease; CLN3) are not supported by quantitative data." Inherit Metab Dis J. 2011; 34(5): 1075-1081.

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