Ryan Adams

Ryan E. Adams

Research Associate Professor-Affiliate

Childrens Hospital Bldg R

COM Pediatrics DDBP - 0054

Professional Summary

As a social developmental psychologist, my major area of research is adolescent relationships. Current research projects include studying changes in mother-child, father-child, friend, and romantic relationships during adolescence and how these changes are linked to adjustment. Currently most of my projects examine how the effects of certain risk factors (i.e., childhood sexual abuse, victimization, obesity, and genes that heighten the probability for depression) are reduced through various aspects of relationships. For instance, I am interested in how friendships might buffer the link between negative peer experiences and later depression in obese adolescents, a group that is a common target of peer harassment.


Bachelor's Degree: Texas A&M University College Station, 1995 (Psychology)

Master's Degree: Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, 2000 (Developmental Psychology)

Doctoral Degree: Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, 2005 (Developmental Psychology)

Post Doctoral Fellow: Concordia University Montreal, Canada, 2005 (Human Development )

Research and Practice Interests

Effects of Adolescent Relationships on Developmental Outcomes and Adjustment----The Protective Effects of Adolescent Relationships on the Link Between Negative Experiences (eg peer victimization) and Depression and Anxiety especially those who are obese---Changes in Parent-Child Relationships and Friendships


Peer Reviewed Publications

Adams,R.E.; Bukowski,W.M. (2008. ) Peer victimization as a predictor of depression and body mass index in obese and non-obese adolescents .Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, ,

Adams,R.E.; Bukowski,W.M. (2007. ) Relationships with mothers and peers moderate the association between childhood sexual abuse and anxiety disorders .Child abuse & neglect, , 31 (6 ) ,645 -656

Adams,R.E.; Laursen,B. (2007. ) The correlates of conflict: disagreement is not necessarily detrimental .Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), , 21 (3 ) ,445 -458

Bukowski, W.M.; Adams, R.E.; Santo, J.B. (2006. ) Recent advances in the study of social and personal experiences, and psychopathology. International Journal of Behavioral Development, , 30 ,26 -30

Bukowski,W.M.; Adams,R. (2005. ) Peer relationships and psychopathology: markers, moderators, mediators, mechanisms, and meanings .Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, , 34 (1 ) ,3 -10

Adams, R.; Bukowski, W.M. (2005. ) Sability of aggression during early adolescence: reciprocated friendships and friend’s aggression. .International Journal of Behavioral Development, , 29 ,139 -145

Jensen-Campbell,L.A.; Gleason,K.A.; Adams,R.; Malcolm,K.T. (2003. ) Interpersonal conflict, agreeableness, and personality development .Journal of personality, , 71 (6 ) ,1059 -1085

Jensen-Campbell, L.; Adams, R.; Perry, D.; Workman, K.; Furdella, J.; Egan, S. (2002. ) Agreeableness, extraversion, and peer relations in early adolescence: winning friends and deflecting aggression. Journal of Research in Personality, , 36 ,224 -251

Laursen,B.; Pulkkinen,L.; Adams,R. (2002. ) The antecedents and correlates of agreeableness in adulthood .Developmental psychology, , 38 (4 ) ,591 -603

Adams,R.E.; Laursen,B.; Wilder,D. (2001. ) Characteristics of closeness in adolescent romantic relationships .Journal of adolescence, , 24 (3 ) ,353 -363

Ransdell, S.; Hawkins, C.M.; Adams, R. (2001. ) Predicting academic performance in american and estonian college students. International Journal of Educational Research, , 35 ,373 -389

Adams, R.; Laursen, B. (2001. ) The organization and dynamics of adolescent conflict with parents and friends. Journal of Marriage and the Family, , 63 ,97 -110

Laursen, B.; Adams, R. (2000. ) Risoluzione e gestione del conflitto nelle relazioni di adolescenti con amici e genitori [the resolution and management of conflict in adolescent relationships with friends and parents]. Eta’ Evolutiva, , 67 ,60 -67

Book Chapter

Mooney, K.; Laursen, B.; Adams, R.E (2007 ) Approaches to positive youth development Social support and positive development: Looking on the bright side of adolescent close relationships. (pp. 189 -203).London, Sage Publications

Bukowski, W.M.; Adams, R.E. (2006 ) Peer Relationships in Cultural Context and Culture: Details, local knowledge, and essentials. (pp. 481 -486).New York, Cambridge University Press

Bukowski,W.M.; Adams,R.E.; Santo,J.B. (2006 ) Jahrbuch Jugend-forschun Research on peers and adolescent development: What's doing in North America? .(pp. 95 -106).Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Bukowski, W.M.; Adams, R. (2005 ) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development Self and peer assessment of competence and well-being. (pp. 125 -126).New York, Cambridge University Press


Invited Presentations

Adams, R.; Santo, J.; Bukowski, W. (2008. ) How do best friendships buffer the effects of negative experiences. Conference on Human Development, Indianapolis, Indiana. Conference. .

Adams, R.E. (2003. ) Changes and outcomes of adolescent parent-child relationships: Adding positive features to the relational picture. .Center for Research in Child Development Seminar Series, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Other Institution. .

Adams, R.E.; Laursen, B. (2002. ) Relationship qualities as moderators of the associations between adolescent conflict and adjustment .Triannual Meeting of the New England Social Development Consortium, St. Johns University, New York.

Poster Presentations

Adams, R.E.; Laursen, B (03-2008. ) Changes in parent-child relationships and friendships across early adolescence: One relationship predicts change in the other .Paper presented at the meetings of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Chicago, IL. .

Adams, R. & Bartlett, N. (03-2007. ) Peer Victimization and Social Dominance as Intervening Variables of the Link between Peer Liking and Relational Aggression .Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA. .

Adams, R., & Mayman, S. B. (04-2005. ) Understanding the effects of friendships on victimization: Testing two mediational models involving self-worth .Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA. .

Paper Presentations

Adams, R. (03-2006. ) Victimization predicts depression scores and increases in body mass index four years later for obese adolescents .San Francisco, CA.


Adams, R., Santo, J., & Bukowski, W. (05-2009. ) How Do Best Friendships Buffer the Effects of Negative Experiences? In E. Peters (Chair), Peer Relations and Cortisol Regulation in Middle Childhood .Denver, CO.

Adams, R. & Cantin, S (05-2009. ) Buffering Against the Effects of Peer Verbal Victimization in Overweight Adolescents: Friendship Self-Disclosure and Co-Rumination. In L. Rosen (Chair), Appearance-Based Risk Factors for Peer Victimization, Internalizing Problems, and Low Self-Esteem .Denver, CO.


Developmental Psychology, Adolescence, Peers, Peer Groups, Relationships, Adolescent Relationships, Parent-Child Relationships, Mother-Child Relationships, Father-Child Relationships, Friendships, Obesity, Peer Victimization, Romantic Relationships, Self-Concept

Courses Taught