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Susan M. Adams, PhD, RN, PMHNP, FAANP

Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health


Current Research Interests

Dr. Adams' current research concerns are efficacy of trauma-informed intervention strategies to reduce alcohol and drug related problems for individuals and families through professional education and integrated models of primary care and behavioral health care delivery. Findings from her earlier study investigating predictors of retention in a community-based residential treatment program for women with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems guides her interest in piloting and evaluating trauma-informed interventions in community-based treatment settings. Dr. Adams collaborates with an interdisciplinary team of researchers involved in program evaluation for SAMSHA funded substance abuse treatment for vulnerable populations including jail diversion programs, intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for individuals with co-occurring disorders, and HIV risk. Dr. Adams is also a member of the Southeast Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Center and SBIRT initiatives (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in collaboration with Meharry Medical College, Department of Family and Community Medicine, interdisciplinary research team in addictions.



Ridner, S. H., Deng, J., Adams, S. NIH/NCI (2013-2015). Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Yoga in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Adams, S. M. & Sneed, C. (2009). Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Program, "Seeking Safety" at The Next Door. Community partnership mini-grant.

Adams, S. M., Hogan, M., & Wahid, Z. (2003-2004). Integrating substance abuse screening into medical, dental, and nursing school curricula. HRSA/AMERSA Faculty Development Fellowship, Project Mainstream.


Representative Publications

Adams, S. (2015). APNA’s suicide competencies for inpatient psychiatric nurses: “Saving lives…one at a time.” Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21, Doi: 10.1177/1078390315588286.

Hudson, C. C., Adams, S., & Lauderdale, J. (2015). Cultural expressions of intergenerational trauma and mental health nursing implications for U.S. health care delivery following refugee resettlement: An integrative review of the literature. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Epub before print May 25, 2015. Doi: 10.1177/1043659615587591.

Adams, S. (2015). An organizational seat at the table: Advocacy based on science and education. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21, 111-113. Doi: 10.1177/1078390315577202.

Adams, S. (2015). Psychiatric mental health nursing: “A seat at the table.” Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21, 34-37. Doi: 10.1177/10783903145645.

Bernet, A., Warren, C., & Adams, S. M. (2015). Using a community-based participatory research approach to evaluate resident predictors of involuntary exits from permanent supportive housing: A retrospective observational inquiry using community-derived data. Evaluation and Program Planning, 49, 63-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.11.011.

Choi, S., Adams, S. M., Morse, S., &I Macmaster, S. (2014). Gender differences in treatment retention among individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Journal of Substance Use and Misuse. Doi:10.3109/10826084.2014.997828.

Abanes, J. J. & Adams, S. (2014). Using a web-based patient-provider messaging system to enhance patient satisfaction among active duty sailors and marines seen in the psychiatric outpatient clinic: A pilot study. Nursing Clinics of North America, 49, 91-103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2013.11.005.

Zoorob, R. J., Durkin, K. M., Gonzalez, S. J., & Adams, S. M. (2014). Training nurses and nursing students about prevention, diagnoses and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Nurse Education in Practice, 14(4), 338-344. Doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2013.11.009. Epub 2013 Dec 21.

Rasch, R. F. R., Davidson, D., Seiters, J., Macmaster, S. A., Adams, S., Darby, K., & Cooper, R.L. (2013). Integrated recovery management model for ex-offenders with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and high rates of HIV risk behaviors. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24, 438-448.

Choi, S., Adams, S. M., Macmaster, S. A., & Seiters, J. (2013). Predictors of residential treatment retention among individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 42(2), 122-131.

Adams, S. M., Peden, A. R., Hall, L. A., Rayens, M. K., Staten, R. R., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2011). Predictors of retention of women offenders in a community-based substance abuse treatment program. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 22, 103-116.

Beebe, L. H., Adams, S. M., & El-Mallakh, P. (2011). Putting the “Evidence” in evidence-based practice: Meeting research challenges in community psychiatric settings. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32, 537-543.

Cooper, R.L., Seiters, J., Davidson, D.L., MacMaster, S.M., Rasch, R.F.R., Adams, S.A., & Darby, K. (2010). Outcomes of Integrated Assertive Community Treatment for Homeless Consumers with Co-Occurring Disorders. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 6, 152-170.

Macmaster, S. A., Rasch, R. F. R., Kinzly, M., Cooper, R. L., & Adams, S. (2009). Perceptions of sexual risks and injection for HIV among African American women who use crack cocaine in Nashville, TN. Health and Social Work, 34, 283-291.

Jones, J. L., Rasch, R. F. R., Macmaster, S. A., Adams, S. M., & Cooper, R. L. (2009). The experience of African American male commercial sex workers at-risk for HIV: Accessing outreach services. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 14, 1-12.

Adams, S. M., Leukefeld, C. G., & Peden, A. R. (2008). Substance abuse treatment for women offenders: A research review. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 19, 61-75.

Vadlamudi, R. S., Adams, S. M., Hogan, B., Wu, T., Florence, J. E., Roh, C. Y., & Wahid, Z. (2007). Nurses attitudes, beliefs and confidence levels regarding care for those who abuse alcohol: Impact of educational intervention. JNursing Educating in Practice. [Epub in advance of print.]

Hogan, M. B. & Adams, S. M. (2007). Screening and referral for alcohol problems: What will it take? Substance Abuse, 28(1), 59.

Hogan, M. B., Adams, S. M., Wahid, Z., & Wilson, S. (2005). Screening and brief intervention for alcohol problems in an underserved population: Development of baseline data via patient interviews. Substance Abuse, 26(3/4), 53-57.

Adams, S. M. (2001). Integration of mental health services within OB/GYN private practice: a collaborative model. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 26, 17-23.

Adams, S. M., Dolfie, E. K., Feren, S. S., Love, R. A., & Taylor, S.W. (1999). Mental health disaster response: Nursing interventions across the lifespan. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 37(11), 11-19.

Adams, S. M. & Partee, D. J. (1998). Hope: The critical factor in recovery. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 36(4), 29-32.

Adams, S. M. & Partee, D.J. (1998). Integrating psychosocial rehabilitation in a community-based faculty nursing practice. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 36(4), 24-28.

Richie, M. F., Adams, S. M., Blackburn, P. E., Cone, C. P., Dwyer, K. A., Laben, J. K., & Seidel, S. S. (1996). Psychiatric nursing faculty practice: Care within the community context. Nursing and Health Care: Perspectives on Community, 17(6), 317-321.


Professional Organizations

American Association of Nurse Practitioners: Fellow – Inducted 2008

American Nurses Association / Tennessee Nurses Association

American Nurses Credentialing Center – Invited item-write for initial PMHNP Exam; Instructor for PMHNP Review Seminars, 2006-present

American Psychiatric Nurses Association:  Board of Directors – Member at Large 2011-2013; President-Elect 2024-2014; President 2014-2015; Immediate Past President 2015-2016

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: Executive Board, Member at Large 2011-2014l; National Conference Planning Committee, Chair-Elect 2010, Chair 2011

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties – Chair Psych Special Interest Group 2009-2010

Sigma Theta Tau