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Cathleen Adams(She/Her/Hers)

Adult & Child Psychiatrist, MD
Rhode IslandPennsylvania
Mood disorders- Anxiety - Eating disorders & disordered eating-Chronic illness-Family issues-College & graduate student mental health-

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Professional statement

Dr. Cathleen Adams is pediatrician, adult psychiatrist and a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in working with children, teens and adults of all ages. Dr. Adams has extensive experience caring for individuals with a variety of medical and psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression, OCD and eating disorders. She is particularly passionate about helping teens and young adults navigate the unique challenges of college life as well as other major life transitions. Dr. Adams has experience caring for patients from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, and has a deep understanding of unique gifts and challenges our varied stories can bring.

Dr. Adams has worked extensively with children with complex medical and psychiatric conditions in a wide variety of settings. Most notably, she helped lead the development of the Inpatient Medical Psychiatric Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where she was the founding medical director, as well as serving as an attending psychiatrist at the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program.

In addition to her extensive medical training, Dr. Adams is also a skilled therapist with training in a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  In addition, she has advanced training in couples and family therapy, and especially enjoys helping families feel more connected and strengthen family bonds.  She has experience working with families who have gone or are going through separation or divorce. Many patients appreciate the convenience of seeing one physician who provides both therapy as well as medication management services.

Dr. Adams creates a warm, relaxed, respectful atmosphere that allows her patients to exhale and do the work necessary to reach their goals. She feels strongly that the work done in therapy allows patients to gain a better sense of themselves as individuals or families. Dr. Adams is able to see patients throughout the states of RI and PA in the comfort of their home through her virtual practice. She looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

Sometimes it feels as though we are constantly being asked to put on a strong face and push through, no matter what the circumstances.  So rarely are we given the time to be present with our true self and just exhale.  Our lives are filled with demands and expectations that drain our emotional cup but never seem satisfied with what we have to offer.  This is your space.  This is your time.   Please take this hour a week to take care of you.  This is your time to grow and heal.  Your physical and emotional health is truly your most valuable asset.  Investing now will help you far outside of our sessions to achieve your goals.

Whether you are a high school student feeling the constant pressure to be perfect, a college student trying to make all the right decisions while trying to enjoy your college years, or a professional navigating career and family, your mental health is critically important.  We can work as a team to help you find your own success.  You are not alone.  My approach is flexible, using a range of medical and therapeutic tools, and adjusting to your specific needs and situation.

To Parents: Being a parent is our most important and most challenging job.  Each stage of our children’s development is a new adventure with its own unique twists and turns.  These challenges are only enhanced when your child is struggling with a mental illness. We will work together to support you and your child as we develop the very best evidence-based treatment plan so they can feel the joy of success.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

Hasbro Children's Hospital, Director, Hasbro Medical Psychiatric Inpatient Unit
Hasbro Children's Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist, Hasbro Partial Hospital Program
Geisinger Medical Center, Director, Pediatric Consult Liaison Service
Geisinger Medical Center , Residency Program Director

Rhode Island Hospital, Triple Board Residency, Residency, 2012
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD, 2007


Rhode Island: MD13733 - Pennsylvania: MD458133




Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Cathleen Adams is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$1000 (60min)
  • Initial session:$2000 (120min)
  • Couples sessions:$1000 (60min)
  • Family sessions:$1000 (60min)
  • Medication management and therapy sessions:$1000
  • Medication management sessions:$500 (30min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Client testimonials

"Dr. Adams got back to me right away, and I truly appreciated her giving me the time to share about the reasons I sought her out. She was very professional, and a great listener, and just very helpful and supportive."
- Zencare client August 2022