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Emma Adam

School of Education and Social Policy

Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research


Areas of Focus

  • Human development
  • Developmental psychobiology
  • Stress hormones, sleep and health
  • Adolescent behavioral, cognitive and emotional development


  • How disparities in mental health, physical health, academic attainment and wellbeing of children, adolescents and adults are affected by stress biology and sleep
  • The impact of perceived racial/ethnic discrimination on stress hormones, sleep and health
  • Social influences on emotional stress, physiological stress and sleep quality in children, adolescents and parents
  • The implications of variations in cortisol for mental and physical health outcomes
  • Effects of stress on academic performance