Assistant Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Anne Conway is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and a faculty member of Columbia Population Research Center. Her research focuses on the early antecedents and health/mental health sequela of executive function and self-regulation in children and youth. She has reported findings pertaining to the relations between early parenting and children’s temperament in the prediction of preschool executive functions and emotion regulation; the role of attention control in moderating relations between negative affect and neural correlates of action monitoring in adolescents; and the long-term effects of 9/11 on young toddlers and their mothers using a naturalistic, quasi-experimental design.
Capitalizing on recent advances from multiple disciplines such as developmental neuroscience, psychology and social work, Dr. Conway utilizes a contextual and neurobehaviorally-informed approach to investigating factors that are most salient to the development of regulatory abilities at key periods for the emergence of pediatric mental health problems. These include early childhood, early adolescence, and early adulthood. Investigation of factors at the interface of multiple biopsychosocial domains (e.g., social context, emotion, attention, sleep) is the focus of her work.
Dr. Conway has extensive experience working with individuals with mental health challenges from early childhood through late life both in inpatient and outpatient settings. She obtained her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and was awarded two research fellowships funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIMH and NICHD) to pursue post-doctoral training in early childhood and adolescent mental health research.
- Antecedents and sequelae of executive functions
- Identifying factors that promote the self-regulation of emotion and attention in children and adolescents
- Investigating risks for the development of affective disorders
Selected Publications and Presentations:
Conway, A., Tugade, M., Catalino, L., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). The Broaden and Build Theory of positive emotions: Form, Function, and Mechanisms. In J. Boniwell, S. A. David, & A. Conley Ayers (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Happiness. London, England: Oxford University Press.
Reprinted in a French version by Martin-Krumm, C. & Tarquinio, C. (2011). Traité de Psychologie Positive : Fondements théoriques et implications pratiques. Bruxelles : De Boeck.
Dahl, R. E., & Conway, A. (2009). Self-regulation and behavior problems: Toward an integrative conceptual and translational research agenda. In S. Olson & A. J. Sameroff (Eds.), Regulatory processes in the development of behavior problems: Biological, behavioral, and socioecological interactions. Cambridge University Press.Link: More
Black, J., & Conway, A. (in press). The importance of developmental neuroscience for social work research and practice with children and adolescents. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.
MacKenzie, M. J., Schwalbe, C. S., Gearing, R. E., Ibrahim, R. W. Conway, A., Brewer, K. B*& Shaker, Z. B. (in press). Dysregulated infant temperament and caregiver warmth in Jordanian Orphanages: A mediating role for relational goodness-of-fit. Children and Youth Services Review.
Modrek, A.*, Kuhn, S., Conway, A. & Arvidsson, T. S. (in press). Cognitive regulation, not behavior regulation, predicts learning. Learning and Instruction.
Conway, A., Modrek, A*, & Gorroochurn, P. (in press). Maternal sensitivity predicts fewer sleep problems at early adolescence for toddlers with negative emotionality: A case of differential susceptibility. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.
Conway, A., Han, W-J, Brooks-Gunn, J., & Waldfogel (in press). First-year maternal employment and adolescent externalizing behaviors. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
Conway, A., Miller, A., & Modrek, A. (2016). Testing reciprocal links between trouble getting to sleep and internalizing behavior problems, and bedtime resistance and externalizing behavior problems in toddlers. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. DOI: 10.1007/s10578-016-0692-x
Alonzo, D., Conway, A., & Modrek, A. (2016). Latino suicidal adolescent service utilization: The role of mood fluctuations and inattention. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 616-22.
Conway, A., McDonough, S.C, MacKenzie, M. J., Miller, A., Dayton, C., Rosenblum, K., Muzik, M., & Sameroff, A. (2014). Maternal sensitivity and latency to positive emotion following challenge: Pathways through effortful control. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35(3), 274-84.
Conway, A., McDonough, S.C, MacKenzie, M. J., Follett, C., & Sameroff, A. (2013). Stress-related changes in toddlers and their mothers following the attack of September 11. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83(4), 536-44.
Conway, A. & Stifter, C. A. (2012). Longitudinal antecedents of executive function. Child Development, 83(3), 1022-36.
Ladouceur, C. D., Conway, A. & Dahl, R. E. (2010). Attentional control moderates the relations between negative affect and neural correlates of action monitoring in adolescence. Developmental Neuropsychology, 35, 194-211. Link: More
Stifter, C., Cipriano, E., Conway, A., & Kelleher, R. (2009). Temperament and conscience: The role of effortful control. Social Development, 18, 353-374. Link: More
Cohn, M. A., Fredrickson, B. L., Brown, S. L., Mikels, J., & Conway, A. (2009). Happiness unpacked: Positive emotions increase life satisfaction by building resilience. Emotion, 9, 361-368.Link: More
Conway, A. (2009). Neurophysiological basis of self-regulation in children and youth. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 17, 16-22.
Conway, A. & McDonough, S. (2006). Emotional resilience in early childhood: Developmental antecedents and relations to behavior problems. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Link: More
Keller, M. C., Fredrickson, B. L., Ybarra, O., Cote, S., Mikels, J. A., Johnson, K., Conway, A., & Wagner, T. (2005). A warm heart and a clear head: The effects of weather on mood and cognition. Psychological Science, 16(9), 724-731. Link: More
Conway, A. (2005). Girls, aggression, and emotion regulation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75(2), 334-339. Link: More