Anne Conway

Assistant Professor of Social Work


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).

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.

Research Interests:

  • 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:

Book Chapters

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

Journal Articles

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