23695-Adams, Zachary

Zachary W. Adams, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Pediatric Care Center (PCC Building)
1002 Wishard Blvd., Suite 4110

Indianapolis, IN


I am an Assistant Professor and licensed health service provider in psychology in the IU Department of Psychiatry. My clinical and research interests center on improving care and promoting healthy outcomes for young people with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, with a particular emphasis on youth and families impacted by trauma and adversity. Additionally, I am strongly committed to teaching students, interns, residents, fellows and involving trainees in all aspects of our team’s work.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Education
    2012 PhD University of Kentucky
    2008 MS University of Kentucky
    2006 BA DePauw University
  • Research

    Much of my research falls into two broad categories. The first set of projects focus on refining our understanding of how co-occurring mental health problems develop in childhood and adolescence, particularly among youth exposed to violence, disasters, and other traumatic and adverse events.  We accomplish this through a variety of methods ranging from laboratory-based studies investigating neurocognitive and psychosocial mechanisms associated with mental health and substance use problems to large-scale epidemiological surveys characterizing the how common certain experiences are and what factors are associated with them.  The second set of projects involves developing and testing new intervention models (such as therapies that target multiple problems in an integrative fashion) and technology-based tools (mobile applications, web-based platforms) to make mental health treatments more efficient, accessible, and effective for youth and families.  These projects have been funded through several internal and external sources, including grants awarded to my collaborators and me by NIDA, NIMH, SAMHSA, and NHLBI. I am currently supported through an NIH/NIDA Career Development Award (5K23DA038257; M-Health Tools to Enhance Treatment of Teen Substance Use and Mental Illness). 


    Lab site: https://medicine.iu.edu/research/faculty-labs/adams/

  • Professional Organizations
    American Psychological Association
    Association for Psychological Science
    International Society for Research in Child & Adolescent Psychopathology
    National Child Traumatic Stress Network
    Society for Research in Psychopathology
  • Clinical Interests

    Evidence-based psychotherapy for child and adolescent mental health problems; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); adolescent substance use treatment; integrated treatments for co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders


    Dr. Adams is a TF-CBT Certified therapist

  • Awards
    Org: Association for Psychological Science
    Desc: 2018 Rising Star
    Scope: National
    Date: 2018-01-01
    Org: NIH Mobile Health Training Institute
    Desc: mHealth Scholar
    Scope: National
    Date: 2016-08-01

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