human development and family studies

Transition Center, 2 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2150 (ph); 401.874.4020 (f)

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Jerome Adams

  • Professor
  • Transition Center, Rm 107
  • Phone: 401.874.5962
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As a licensed practitioner in Family Psychology, Dr. Adams’ primary research interest is investigating factors in the therapy process that lead to more successful outcomes for couples and families. He has a particular interest in two related areas that inform this research. One is an understanding of how some couples sustain high degrees of happiness throughout their relationship, while others end up divorcing. A second is the impact of adolescent substance abuse on families.

As a teacher and trainer of family therapists, he is also actively investigating the skills needed to be an effective teacher of family clinicians, and the role of supervision in developing the skills of emerging professionals.


  • Ph.D., Child Development & Family Studies, Purdue University
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Windsor
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Windsor


Adams, J. (in press). Milan Systemic Therapy. In Hecker, L. & Wetchler, J. (Eds.). An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy 2e. New York: Haworth

Uttley, C.M. & Adams, J. (2013). Including the family perspective of social emotional development: An assessment case study.New Hampshire Journal of Education, 16, 62-68.

Sparks, J., Kisler, T., Adams, J., & Blumen, D. (2011). Teaching accountability: Using client feedback to train effective family therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37 (4), 452-467.

Adams, J. (2011). Divorce therapy. In J. Wetchler, (2nd Ed.) Handbook of Clinical Issues in Couple Therapy. NY: Taylor Francis 165-188.

Adams, J. (2007). Divorce therapy in context. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 6 (1/2), 109-123.

Moynehan, J. & Adams, J. (2007). What’s the problem: A look at men in marital therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 35 (1), 41-51.

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