Dr. Adam Zolotor

Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH

Adjunct Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
(919) 966-6125
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Family Medicine Center
CB #7595
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7595


Dr. Adam Zolotor’s work focuses on child abuse epidemiology and prevention. He currently serves as the co-PI of the largest evaluation of a shaken baby prevention program ever conducted. He is currently developing a cell phone-based parenting program initially for adolescent parents. The program will include informational videos, nurse case management (phone, text, and email), online and text-based peer support, screening and referral for high-risk conditions (such as depression).

Honors and Awards

Sidney Chipman Award for UNC Maternal and Child Health Alumnus
2019, Gillings School of Global Public Health

James W. Woods Faculty Award

American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Teacher Development Award

Delta Omega Society: Public Health Honor Society

Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholar

Judith Joklik Award for Cancer Research

Foreign Fellowship to support international study

John B. Graham Research Honor Society

Key Publications

Public policy approaches to population health. Zolotor AJ, Yorkery B. (2019). Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice on Population Health..

Family Violence. Denham AC, Zolotor AJ. (2018). Essentials of Family Medicine.

Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Neglect. Schilling S, Zolotor AJ. (2018). Chronic Illness Care: Principals and Practice..

Corporal punishment and child abuse: Policy and prevention programs. Zolotor AJ. (2017). Research and Practices in Child Maltreatment Prevention..

Corporal punishment. Zolotor AJ. (2014). Pediatric Clinics of North America..

Parenting of Children Under Two in North Carolina: Severe Physical Punishment and Psychological Aggression. Zolotor, AJ (2011). Doctoral Dissertation.

Textbook of Adolescent Healthcare. Berkoff MC, Zolotor A, Runyan DK. Physical Abuse. In Fisher MM, Alderman EM. (2011). Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Disorders of Behavior and Development. Zolotor, AJ. (2011). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 6.

Family Violence. Denham AC, Zolotor AJ.  (2011). Essentials of Family Medicine: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 6.

Epidemiology of Physical Abuse. Zolotor AJ, Shanahan M.  (2010). Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Evidence.

International Issues in Child Maltreatment. Runyan DK, Zolotor AJ. (2010). Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Evidence.

Intimate Partner Violence. Zolotor AJ, Denham AC, Weil A. (2009). Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America.

The Period of Purple Crying: Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolina. Runyan DK, Zolotor AJ. (2009). Preventing Child Maltreatment: Community Approaches.

Intimate Partner Violence in a Family Medicine. Zolotor AJ, Denham AC, Weil A. (2009). Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice.

Violence to Children in Schools Perpetrated by Adults: A National Study in Georgia. Zolotor AJ, Saralidze L, Goguadze N, Lynch MA. (2008). International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The National Study on Violence Against Children in Georgia: The Nature and Extent of Violence Experienced by Children in the Home. Lynch MA, Saralidze L, Goguadze N, Zolotor AJ. (1970). International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect. Casanueva CC, Kotch JB, Zolotor AJ. (2007).  Intimate Partner Violence.

Disorders of Behavior and Development.  Zolotor AJ, Kane M.  (2007). Essentials of Family Medicine, 5th edition.

Clinics in Family Practice: Pediatrics. Zolotor, AJ. (2003). Elsevier.


  • DrPH, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2011
  • MD, Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1998
  • MPH, Maternal and Child Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1997
  • BA, English, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1993