Joel Adamson

Graduate Student (Evolutionary Biology)

Chapel Hill, NC

My research uses mathematical evolutionary theory to study sexual selection, specifically with the interplay of sexual selection and life histories. I study models of traits that depend on age to understand how life-history evolution affects the evolution of sexual traits. I am particularly interested in the dynamical problems that age-dependent traits pose for existing sexual selection models, such as raising mutation rates, and loss through genetic drift. I am currently a Ph.D. student studying with Maria Servedio in the Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology program at UNC Chapel Hill. I graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, my hometown, with a double-degree in Population Biology and Mathematics in 2002. My undergraduate research included a thesis on nest-site selection and territory selection in Lark Sparrows. From 2005 to 2008, I worked as a biostatistician in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, conducting research on the diagnoses and treatment of mental disorders.

Publications

  • Stephen V. Faraone, Joseph Biederman, Alysa Doyle, Kate Murray, Carter Petty, Joel James Adamson, and Larry Seidman. Neuropsychological studies of late onset and subthreshold diagnoses of adult ADHD. Biological Psychiatry, 60:1081–1087, 2006a.
  • Stephen V. Faraone, Joseph Biederman, Thomas Spencer, Eric Mick, Kate Murray, Carter Petty, Joel James Adamson, and Michael C. Monuteaux. Diagnosing adult ADHD: Are late onset and subthreshold diagnoses valid? American Journal of Psychiatry, 163:1720–1729, 2006b.
  • Stephen V. Faraone, Joel James Adamson, Timothy E. Wilens, Michael Carl Monuteaux, and Joseph Biederman. Deriving phenotypes for molecular genetic studies of substance use disorders: A family approach. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 88:244–250, 2007a.
  • Stephen V. Faraone, Joseph Biederman, Timothy E. Wilens, and Joel James Adamson. A naturalistic study of the effects of pharmacotherapy on substance use disorders among ADHD adults. Psychological Medicine, 12: 1–10, 2007b.
  • Stephen V. Faraone, Joel James Adamson, Timothy E. Wilens, Michael Carl Monuteaux, and Joseph Biederman. Familial transmission of derived phenotypes for molecular genetic studies of substance use disorders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 92:100–107, 2008a.
  • Stephen V. Faraone, Arun Kunwar, Joel James Adamson, and Joseph Biederman. Personality traits among ADHD adults: implications of late-onset and subthreshold diagnoses. Psychological Medicine, 39(4):685–693, April 2008b.
  • Petra H. Steinbuchel, Timothy E. Wilens, Joel James Adamson, and Stephanie Ann Sgambati. Posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder in adolescent bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorder, 11(2):198–204, March 2009.
  • Craig B. Surman, Joel James Adamson, Joseph Biederman, Debra C. Kenealy, M. Levine, Eric Mick, and Stephen V. Faraone. Association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and sleep impairment in adulthood: evidence from a large controlled study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, In Press.
  • Timothy Wilens, Joel James Adamson, Stephanie Ann Sgambati, Julia Whitley, Allison Santry, and Joseph Biederman. Do individuals with ADHD self-medicate with cigarettes and substances of abuse? results from a controlled family study ADHD. American Journal of Addictions, 16 S1: 14–21, 2007a.
  • Timothy Wilens, Joel James Adamson, Michael Carl Monuteaux, Stephen V. Faraone, Mary Schillinger, Diana Westerberg, and Joseph Biederman. Effect of prior stimulant treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder on subsequent risk for cigarette smoking and alcohol and drug use disorders in adolescents. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 162(10):916–921, October 2008a.
  • Timothy E. Wilens, Joseph Biederman, Joel James Adamson, Michael Carl Monuteaux, Aude Henin, Stephanie Ann Sgambati, Allison Santry, and Stephen V. Faraone. Association of bipolar and substance use disorders in parents of adolescents with bipolar disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 62:129–134, 2007b.
  • Timothy E. Wilens, Joseph Biederman, Joel James Adamson, Aude Henin, Stephanie Ann Sgambati, Martin Gignac, Robert Sawtelle, Allison Santry, and Michael Carl Monuteaux. Further evidence of an association between adolescent bipolar disorder with smoking and substance use disorders: A controlled study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 95(3):188–198, December 2008b.
  • Timothy E. Wilens, Michael Lawrence Vitulano, Himanshu Upadhyaya, Joel James Adamson, Tiffany Parcell, Diana Westerberg, and Joseph Biederman. Concordance between cigarette smoking and the modified Fagerstrom tolerance questionnaire in controlled studies of ADHD. American Journal of Addictions, 17(6):491–496, Nov-Dec 2008c.
  • Timothy E. Wilens, Michael Lawrence Vitulano, Himanshu Upadhyaya, Joel James Adamson, Robert Sawtelle, Linsey Utzinger, and Joseph Biederman. Cigarette smoking associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Pediatrics, 153(3):414–419, September 2008d.

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