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Richard Adams

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, 1989

Courses Taught


  • Research Methods
  • Urban Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Adolescence
  • Sociology of Mental Health
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Key Publications

Adams, Richard E. and Joseph A. Boscarino. 2013. Acculturation and distress after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 15:85-96.
Boscarino, Joseph A., H. Lester Kirchner, Stuart N. Hoffman, Jennifer Sartorius, and Richard E. Adams. 2011. PTSD and alcohol use after the World Trade Center Attacks: A longitudinal study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24: 515-525.
Adams, Richard E., Lin T. Guey, Semyon F. Gluzman, and Evelyn Bromet. 2011. Psychological well-being and risk perceptions of mothers in Kyiv Ukraine, 19 years after the Chornobyl Disaster. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 57: 637-645.

Key Presentation

Adams, Richard E. and Joseph A. Boscarino. 2013. Volunteerism and Well-Being in the Context of the World Trade Center Terrorist Attacks. Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York, NY. August 9-12.

Adams, Richard E. and Joseph A. Boscarino. 2012. Differences in mental health outcomes by race and ethnicity following a community disaster revisited. Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Denver, CO. August 16-18.

Liang, Ying and Richard E. Adams. 2012. Well-being and risk perceptions of mothers in Kyiv, Ukraine: A two-wave panel data analysis. Annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association, Pittsburgh, PA. April 12-15


Development and Validation of the Medic Mettle Scale (7/01/2012-6/30/2013, awarded $19,000 ($13,000 direct and $6,000 indirect from Tulane University, but originally from the Department of Defense). This grant was awarded to me for conducting analyses and developing a Medic Mettle Scale using data collected on about 100 medics. Role: PI. Final report sent 7/2013.

Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in Northeast Ohio (submitted February 15, 2013, requested $32,000 direct, $15,000 indirect from NIH). Submitted as part of a larger research study in collaboration with NEOMED. Role: Co-Investigator

Notable Services

Department of Sociology, Institutional Review Board (2009-)

Department of Sociology, Graduate Education Committee (2007-2011)

Editor, ASA Mental Health Section Newsletter


Research Areas
  • Mental Health or Illness
  • Community/Neighborhoods
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Disasters
Richard Adams
Department of Sociology
332 Merrill Hall
Phone: 330-672-2721
Fax: 330-672-4724