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Anne Conway, PhD

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Anne Conway, PhD
Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor


MSW, MS, and Joint PhD in Social Work and Developmental Psychology – University of Michigan
MA – Psychology – The Catholic University of America
BA – Psychology and Sociology – Merrimack College

Research Interests:

Dr. Conway studies the development of neurocognition (i.e., focusing attention and ignoring distractions) and self-regulation (i.e., self-management of emotion, behavior, sleep), and associations with child well-being and mental health. She has identified and reported findings documenting pronounced disparities in neurocognition based on parental income and education in children entering kindergarten throughout the United States. She has also reported numerous findings on distinct links between early parenting and child temperament in the prediction of children’s neurocognition, emotion regulation, sleep, and mental health. Her research has been published in top-tiered journals and has been cited over 2,000 times. She has also made an impact on an international scale with first-authored publications and presentations translated and disseminated in non-English languages.

Personal Statement:

Dr. Conway holds a MSW, MS in Developmental Psychology, and joint PhD in Social Work and Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. She also holds a MA from Catholic University and a BA from Merrimack College. She was awarded two research fellowships funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to pursue postdoctoral training in childhood and adolescent mental health and developmental neuroscience.