Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Leah M Adams

Leah M Adams

Leah M Adams

Assistant Professor

HIV risk & prevention among high-risk groups; Psychosocial aspects of chronic disease and traumatic injury management

Dr. Leah Adams is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in the departments of Psychology and Women & Gender Studies, and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received a B.S. from the University of Richmond in 2008, and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University. She completed a pre-doctoral residency in Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Washington Medical Center in 2014. She stayed in Seattle, WA to complete a two-year NIH-funded T-32 post-doctoral fellowship in Women’s Health and Aging at Group Health Research Institute.

Dr. Adams’ research interests include the study of psychosocial aspects of health promotion and health risk, with an emphasis on racial/ethnic minorities, women, and other “vulnerable” groups. Specifically, her work has focused on HIV risk and prevention among incarcerated adults and on understanding barriers to accessing new HIV prevention tools, such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Her clinical and research interests also explore the psychosocial impact of managing chronic illness (e.g., HIV/AIDS, chronic pain) and disability (e.g., traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury).

Selected Publications

Adams, L.M., & Balderson, B. (2016). HIV providers’ likelihood to prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention differs by patient type: A short report. AIDS Care, 28(9), 1154-1158.

Adams, L.M., & Simoni, J.M. (2016). The need for multi-level mitigation of medical mistrust among social network members contributing to antiretroviral treatment nonadherence in African Americans living with HIV: Comment on Bogart et al. (2016). Social Science & Medicine, 159, 58-60.

Bombardier, C.H., Adams, L.M., Fann, J.R., & Hoffman, J.M. (2016). Depression trajectories during the first year after spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(2), 196-203.

Adams, L.M., Tangney, J.P., Stuewig, J., & Kashdan, T. (2014). Perceived susceptibility to AIDS predicts subsequent HIV risk: A longitudinal evaluation of jail inmates. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 511-523.

Adams, L.M., Kendall, S.J., Smith, A.C., Quigley, E.M., Stuewig, J., & Tangney, J.P. (2013). Changes in HIV risk behaviors prior to incarceration and post- release in a sample of male and female jail inmates. AIDS and Behavior, 17, 2685-2694.

Courses Taught

Psyc 611: Advanced Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology I

Education

2008 B.S.  Psychology/Mathematics, University of Richmond
2010 M.A.  Psychology, George Mason University
2014 Ph.D. Psychology, George Mason University