ACADEMICS

  • Tina R. Adams

    Contact Information
    Office LRC-120k
    508-929-8488
    tadams8@worcester.edu

    Education
    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Ecosystemic Child and Family Proficiency, California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno Campus, 1997
    M.A., Clinical Psychology, Ecosystemic Child and Family Proficiency, California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno Campus, 1993
    B.A., Psychology, The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 1990
      
    Expertise
    Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Juvenile Justice
     
    Dr. Adams came to the Worcester State University Criminal Justice Department in 2012. Dr. Adams is formally trained as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. She is Licensed as a Psychologist in Massachusetts and has been working in the mental health services field for over 15 years. Dr. Adams has experience as a Child and Family therapist, School Psychologist, Court Clinician and Director of Court Clinic Services. She also has expertise in Psychological Assessment. Over the course of her career she has routinely worked with criminal justice professionals, including local and state police, attorneys, judges, probation officers, and Health and Human Services Agencies serving the court involved population. She has served as the Clinical Director for the Worcester West Area Office for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. In addition, her previous work experience includes a six year post as the Statewide Manager of Juvenile Forensic Services for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health/Forensic Services Division. She has also served on many interagency groups and task forces including, the Massachusetts Juvenile Firesetting Stakeholders Group led by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Service and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, as well as the Massachusetts Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. In addition, she has experience in training Criminal Justice Professionals in the area of Critical Incident Response. Her current research interests include Juvenile risk assessment, Juvenile Firesetting, the impact of multiculturalism on the Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Offender rehabilitation and evidenced based services for Juvenile Offenders.

  • Courses Taught
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Juvenile Offender: Case Study
    • Prevention and Control
    • Women and the Law
    • Critical Incident Response for Law Enforcement Professionals
    • Criminal Justice and Mental Health System Interface
    • Youth Gangs
    • Crime and the Media
    • Stress and the Criminal Justice System
    • Forensic Psychology in Criminal Justice
    • American Judicial System
    • Independent Study
    Publications
    In May 2012, Dr. Adams presented at the International Association of Arson Investigators-MA Chapter Conference on the topic of Juvenile Firesetting and Pathways to Intervention. She worked with a Law Enforcement colleague to write a book chapter that focuses on Law Enforcement Ethics. The book was published in the Fall of 2013 and is entitled “Law Enforcement Ethics” (SAGE). Dr. Adams has also served as an expert witness in two forensic legal cases as of February 2013 and February 2014. In June and October 2014, Dr. Adams presented at the Massachusetts Northwestern District Attorney’s Office No Fires Conference on “Clinical Motivations for youth who set fires,” “Interviewing the Juvenile Firesetter,” “Building Rapport with Culturally Diverse Populations,” and “Massachusetts Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Laws.” During January and March 2015, she presented at the Massachusetts Department of Fire Service and Haverhill Police Department on developing culturally competent practices in responding to Juvenile set fire incidents. In addition, she served as a guest lecturer at Merrimack Community College, discussing “Forensic Psychology: Training, Practice and application across the Criminal Justice System.”
    Honors and Grants