College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Adam received his Ph.D. in Social Work and an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Georgia in 2016, as well as a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. He has taught social work, psychology, research methods, and statistics courses.
His research interests include investigating the social determinants of health disparities, examining predictors of secondary traumatic stress among mental health professionals, and understanding factors related to alcohol-use disorders among older adults across the life course.
Previous to Adam's teaching and research work, he worked as a mental health counselor helping a variety of client populations, including adults struggling with PTSD, substance abuse, and/or severe and persistent mental illness, as well as adolescents with developmental trauma.
Overall, he feels that learning is a reciprocal process whereby the teacher both transmits his or her knowledge to the student, but also remains open to learning from his or her students as well. The optimal learning environment is one in which people feel accepted and understood, whereby open communication of ideas occurs. Adam also have strong commitments to social change and supporting multiculturalism, particularly in higher education.