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Dr. Zachary Adams '06

Dr. Zachary Adams was the guest speaker on Thursday, March 7. His presentation was titled "Traumatic Stress and Substance Use: Tackling the Problem of Comorbidity". The Psychology Speakers Series is sponsored by Psi Chi, the Psychology Department, and the J. William and Katherine C. Asher Endowed Research Fund.

Dr. Zachary (Zack) W. Adams graduated from DePauw in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Biology.  He completed his graduate studies at the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2012.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Milich, his graduate research focused on problems with inhibitory functioning and impulsivity among children with ADHD and young adults at risk for developing substance use disorders.  Dr. Adams completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the Charleston Consortium.  He is currently an NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.  In that position, he is involved in several research projects examining psychiatric problems associated with traumatic stress, with a particular focus on the overlap between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and impulsivity-related problems (e.g., substance abuse, delinquency, aggression).  Dr. Adams is also an active clinician and works with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced interpersonal violence and other traumatic events in their lives.