Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, CHOP CIRP
Associate Director for Behavioral Research

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD is Associate Director for Behavioral Research at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Research Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She also directs the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS), which provides training and resources for trauma-informed pediatric healthcare across the United States.

Over the past two decades, her research has focused on understanding how children and families respond to potentially traumatic events, such as injury, violence, and illness / medical experiences, and on developing secondary prevention protocols which can be integrated in pediatric healthcare settings or delivered broadly via eHealth tools.

Dr. Kassam-Adams has completed large prospective studies of traumatic stress in children and youth in medical settings (emergency, inpatient trauma / injury care, intensive care), has developed evidence-based assessment measures in English and Spanish, and has conducted randomized controlled trials of novel preventive interventions. With colleagues at CHOP, she has developed evidence-based online resources that have reached hundreds of thousands of parents of injured children (;

She also leads the Prospective Studies of Acute Child Trauma and Recovery (PACT/R) Data Archive, and is actively engaged in international collaborative efforts to make traumatic stress research data more findable, accessible, and re-usable. Dr. Kassam-Adams is a Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and has been appointed to several national and international expert consensus groups on child traumatic stress. 

Dr. Kassam-Adams can be contacted at or @NancyKA on Twitter.

Research Interests

pediatric traumatic stress, trauma-informed care


Prospective Studies of Acute Child Trauma and Recovery (PACT/R) Data Archive, Child and Adolescent Reactions to Injury and Trauma (CARIT)