Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

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Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, and the Associate Director of Behavioral Research at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Titles and Academic Titles

Associate Director for Behavioral Research, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Director, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

Research Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Posttraumatic stress disorder
Medically-related traumatic stress
Parent and child reactions to injury and medical emergency

Selected Publications


Auerbach, M., Butler, L., Myers, S. R., Donoghue, A., & Kassam-Adams, N. (2021). Implementing family presence during pediatric resuscitations in the Emergency Department: Family-centered care and trauma-informed care best practices. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 47(5), 689-692.  doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2021.07.003


Kassam-Adams, N, Kenardy JA, Delahanty, DL, Marsac, ML, Meiser-Stedman, R, Nixon, RDV, Landolt, MA, & Palmieri, PA. (2020). Development of an international data repository and research resource: The Prospective studies of Acute Child Trauma and Recovery (PACT/R) Data Archive. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11 (1); 1729025. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1729025

Kassam-Adams, N. and Olff, M. (2020).  Editorial: Embracing data sharing, preservation, and re-use in traumatic stress research. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11:1, 1739885. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1739885,


Kassam-Adams, N & Butler, L. (2017). What do clinicians caring for children need to know about pediatric medical traumatic stress and the ethics of trauma-informed approaches? AMA Journal of Ethics, 19 (8): 793-801.  doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.08.pfor1-1708.


Kassam-Adams, N & Marsac, ML. (2016). Brief practical screeners in English and Spanish for acute posttraumatic stress symptoms in children.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29 (6):483-490. doi: 10.1002/jts.22141  PMID: 27923266

Kassam-Adams, N., Marsac, ML, Kohser, K, Kenardy, J, March, S, & Winston, F. (2016). Pilot randomized controlled trial of a novel web-based intervention to prevent posttraumatic stress in children following medical events. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41: 138-148. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv057 PMID: 26089554


Kassam-Adams, N., Marsac, ML, García-España, JF, & Winston, F. (2015).  Evaluating predictive screening for post-injury mental health in injured children: New data and a replication. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 6: 29313 -  PMID: 26673453

Kassam-Adams, N, Rzucidlo, S, Campbell, M, Good, G, Bonifacio, E, Slouf, K, Schneider, S, McKenna, C, Hanson, C, & Grather, D. (2015). Nurses’ views and current practice of trauma-informed pediatric nursing care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30: 478-484.  PMID: 25481863

More complete list of publications is available here.