Emma Adam is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

She 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. Her research traces the pathways by which stress "gets under the skin" and affects children's behavioral, academic, and emotional development.

By using noninvasive methods such as measurement of the stress-sensitive hormone cortisol, she is studying how children and parents react to stress, as well as exploring how adolescents' daily experiences, stress hormone regulation, and sleep patterns influence their everyday functioning and health.

Adam's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Spencer Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.