Leah M Adams

Leah M Adams

Leah M Adams

Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychology: Psychosocial aspects of adapting to chronic disease and/or traumatic injury; HIV risk & prevention among high-risk groups; Health equity & reducing health disparities

Dr. Leah Adams is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in the department of Psychology and in the Women & Gender Studies program, 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 (now Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute).

Dr. Adams’ research and clinical interests focus on how people adapt to living with chronic illness and/or acquired disability following injury. In this arena, her work covers a range of illnesses and injuries (e.g., chronic pain, HIV, brain injury, spinal cord injury), as well as a range of populations (e.g., older adults, racially and ethnically minoritized people, people involved in the criminal legal system). Dr. Adams' research also focuses on healthcare experiences and outcomes for members of minoritized and/or marginalized communities, with an emphasis on improving equitable care.

Dr. Adams will be accepting a new PhD student for the Fall 2023 application cycle. 

Selected Publications

Adams, L.M., & Miller, A.B. (2021). Mechanisms of mental-health disparities among minoritized groups: How well are the top journals in clinical psychology representing this work? Clinical Psychological Science. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/21677026211026979

Hunt, A.D., & Adams, L.M. (2021). Perception of unmet need after seeking treatment for a past year major depressive episode: Results from the 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Psychiatric Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi:10.1007/s11126-021-09913-y

Adams, L.M., Gell, N.M., Hoffman, E.V., Gibbons, L.E., Phelan, E.A., Sturgeon, J.A.,  Turk, D.C., & Patel, K.V. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 ‘Stay Home, Stay Health’ orders on function among older adults participating in a community-based, behavioral intervention study. Journal of Aging & Health. https://doi:10.1177/0898264321991314.

Adams, L.M., Wilson, T.E., Merenstein, D., Milam, J., Cohen, J., Golub, E.T.,…& Cook, J.A. (2018). Using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale to assess depression in women with HIV and women at risk for HIV: Are somatic items invariant? Psychological Assessment, 30(1), 97-105

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.

Juengst, S.B, Adams, L.M., Arenth, P., Bergquist, T., Bogner, J., Bombardier, C….Wagner, A.K. (2015). Trajectories of life satisfaction after traumatic brain injury: Influence of life roles, age, cognitive disability, and depressive symptoms. Rehabilitation Psychology, 60(4), 353-364.



Courses Taught

PSYC 391: Abnormal Psychology (Undergraduate)

PSYC 611: Advanced Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology I (Graduate)

PSYC 702: Biological Bases of Human Behavior (Graduate)

PSYC 897: Neurobiological Bases of Behavior & Fundamentals of Clinical Neuropsychology (Graduate)

WMST 450/550 / PSYC 492/592: Black Psychology (Undergraduate & Graduate)

WMST 319/PSYC 461: Gender Culture, & Health in The U.S. (Undergraduate)

WMST 610: Feminist research methods (Graduate)


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