Anita Adams

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  • Clinical Psychology Graduate Student
  • Clinical
  • Psychology
111B Kastle Hall
(919) 696-0255

Research Interests:

  • Aging
  • Health psychology
  • Emotion and emotion regulation
  • Personality trait and disorder development across the lifespan


During my undergraduate research career, my research was involved in developmental psychology; specifically, I studied the impact of culture and parental emotion socialization on children's emotion understanding and development. I also studied emotion regulation, personality, and sleep behaviors in undergraduate student populations. During my post-baccalaureate experience, my research shifted to a more clinical focus, and I worked with older and middle adult and child populations with diagnoses such as dementia, hormonally-impacted depression (specifically, perimenopausal depression), and autism.

My current research is centered on the intersection of aging, health, emotion, and personality traits on the normal and abnormal spectrum. More specifically, I am interested in personality trait and disorder development across the lifespan and how external (e.g., SES, culture) and internal (e.g., emotion regulation/understanding, health) factors impact and potentially alter personality trait and disorder development.

I am a second year student in Dr. Suzanne Segerstrom's lab and avidly enjoying mentoring undergraduate students who are interested in psychology, research, and the graduate school process. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions about the lab and/or my research!

Selected Presentations:

Sheehan, M., Tansey, S., Mayo, J., Adams, A. M., Van Valkenburgh, B., & Richards, J. (2017, October). Monitoring and improving the safety and efficiency of admissions to UNC inpatient psychiatry units from the ED. Poster presented at the 2017 Quality Expo for the University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC.
Oertwig, D., Riquelme-Mella, E. H., Adams, A. M., & Halberstadt, A.G. (2017, April). Beliefs about emotion regulation among Mapuche and non-Mapuche Chilean parents and teachers. In Halberstadt, A.G. & Friedlmeier, W. (Chairs). Socialization of emotion regulation: Goals and practices around the world. Symposium presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Adams, A. M., Halberstadt, A. G., & Chentsova, Y. (2015, November). Dzek and Jill learn what to feel: Emotions in picture books across Russian and American culture. Poster presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Seattle, WA.


Adams, A. M., & Shepherd, M. (2015, April). Sleep inefficiency in relation to personality and emotional reactivity. Presented at the Carolina Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC.
Bohanek, J. G., Adams, A. M., Leon, E. D., & Halberstadt, A. G. (2015, March). Mother-child reminiscing and children’s emotion understanding. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Adams, A. M., Brochu, H., Griffin, J., Leon, E. D., & Lozada, F. (2014, April). Mothers’ coping strategy goals for their 3rd grade children: A mixed methods approach. Poster presented at the Southwest Psychological Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Rogers, M. L., MacCormack, J. K., Castro, V. L., Adams, A. M., & Halberstadt, A. G. (2014, April). Mother’s maladaptive emotion regulation strategies mediate between maternal emotion beliefs & children’s socioemotional skills. Poster presented at the Society for Affective Science Conference, Bethesda, MD.


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