Emma Adam has been with Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy since 2000. A developmental psychologist, Adam is interested in how everyday life factors such as work, school, family and peer relationships influence levels of stress, health and well-being in parents and their children. She is trying to trace the pathways by which stress “gets under the skin” to contribute to poor health and affect children’s behavioral, academic and emotional development. She is studying how children and parents react to stress. Adam’s research has been supported by the National Institutions of Health, as well as the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation. She received the Curt Richter Award from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology in 2013 for her work.