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Anne Conway is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center.  Dr. Conway focuses on  (1) identifying factors that predict children’s ability to engage in adaptive self-management and regulation of emotion, behavior, sleep, and neurocognitive function (i.e. focusing attention and ignoring distractions), and (2) determining whether these abilities help protect children from the development of health and mental health problems.

Dr. Conway has made an important contributions to the field with research that has been cited in over 1, 700 publications.  From her research, Dr. Conway has identified and reported findings documenting pronounced disparities in neurocognition (executive functions) based on parental income and education in children entering kindergarten throughout the United States.  She has also identified and reported numerous findings on distinct links between early parenting in the prediction of children’s neurocognition (executive function), emotion regulation, and sleep. By taking a personalized approach in this line of work, she has contributed to the understanding of individual differences in children’s temperament in the regulation of emotion, attention, and sleep and associations with behavior problems and depression to help inform mental health intervention efforts.  Examples of Dr. Conway’s original contributions include reporting the first set of findings documenting variations in associations between parenting and early executive function based on children’s temperament, and the first set of findings showing long-term health and mental health effects of 9/11 on young toddlers and their mothers by using a naturalistic, quasi-experimental study.

Based on her interdisciplinary training in neuroscience, social work, child development, psychology, psychiatry, and pediatrics, Dr. Conway has developed a unique lens towards understanding and conducting innovative research in child development and mental health. Capitalizing on recent findings in neuroscience, child development, psychology, and social work, she uses a contextual and neurobehaviorally-informed approach to investigating factors that are salient to the development of regulatory abilities at key periods for the emergence of pediatric health and mental health problems. These key periods include early childhood, early adolescence, and emerging adulthood. She focuses on factors at the interface of multiple biopsychosocial domains, including social context, emotion, attention, and sleep.

Dr. Conway has experience working with individuals with mental health challenges from early childhood through late life in inpatient and outpatient settings. She holds an MSW and PhD from the University of Michigan, and was awarded two research fellowships funded by the NIMH and NICHD to pursue postdoctoral training in early childhood and adolescent mental health research.