Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, CHOP CIRP
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 directs the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS), which develops and disseminates tools for trauma-informed pediatric health care nationally, as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. 

A Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and an invited member of several national consensus conferences related to pediatric injury and to traumatic stress in children, 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 a new web-based preventive intervention for children. With colleagues at CHOP, she has developed innovative web-based tools for parents (; and health care providers ( that promote secondary prevention of traumatic stress in ill or injured children.

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

Research Interests

Pediatric Traumatic Stress


Child and Adolescent Reaction to Injury and Trauma (CARIT)