Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

Associate Director of Behavioral Research

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD is Associate Director for Behavioral Research at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research focuses on posttraumatic stress in ill and injured children and their parents and on developing screening and secondary prevention protocols that can be integrated in pediatric health care settings. She also co-directs the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS), an intervention development center which is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. 

Dr. Kassam-Adams has completed several large prospective studies of traumatic stress in children and youth in medical settings (emergency, inpatient trauma / injury care, intensive care) and has developed evidence-based assessment measures in English and Spanish. She conducted a randomized controlled trial of a stepped care intervention for hospitalized injured children and is currently conducting a randomized trial of a new web-based preventive intervention for children. With colleagues at CHOP, she has developed innovative web-based tools for parents (www.AfterTheInjury.orgwww.AfterTheInjury.org/es) and health care providers (www.HealthCareToolbox.org) that promote secondary prevention of traumatic stress in ill or injured children.

She is President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and was an invited member of several national consensus conferences related to traumatic stress in children. Dr. Kassam-Adams has also served on the American Psychological Association’s 2008 Presidential Task Force on Child Trauma, and was a member of the Partnership for Children Stakeholders Group of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program of HRSA/DHHS.

Dr. Kassam-Adams can be contacted at nlkaphd@mail.med.upenn.edu or @NancyKA on Twitter.