Francine Conway Appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Francine Conway, a highly accomplished scholar and clinical psychologist, has been appointed the new dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), effective July 1, 2016.  Let me also take this opportunity to thank Dr. Stanley Messer, the outgoing dean of GSAPP, for his incomparable contributions during nearly 50 years of service, including the last 15 years as dean, to Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Dr. Conway’s scholarly focus has been in two critically important areas—child psychopathology and aging. Her work with child mental health issues led her to develop and direct a community-based mental health clinic at Adelphi University that provides psychotherapy to children living in underserved communities. She brings to the position a total of 16 years of experience as a professor, scholar, and administrator.

Dr. Conway was a member of the faculty at Adelphi University’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies from 2003 until 2016, and served as the chair of the Psychology Program from 2008 to 2016. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with eight years of academic administrative experience. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University and earned her Ph.D. from Adelphi’s Derner Institute.

At Adelphi, Dr. Conway chaired university-wide committees that focused on research, innovative pedagogical practices, and strategic planning. Dr. Conway has held leadership roles in professional societies, having served on the executive board for the Gerontological Society of America's Behavioral and Social Sciences Division and the American Psychological Association's Division of Clinical Geropsychology.  Her editorships include the Journal of Women and Aging (Book Review Editor), Psychotherapy (Consulting Editor) and the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy (Research Editor).  From 2000 to 2003, while she was on the faculty at Long Island University, she served as the Director of the Institute on Aging and was the founder and director of the GRAN Care Research and Service Center for Grandparent Caregivers. 

Dr. Conway’s aging research has received support from the National Institutes of Health's Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research and the National Institute on Aging. In the area of child psychology, she has gained national and international recognition for her work on the psychodynamic treatment of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), collaborating with colleagues in Germany and the United Kingdom. Dr. Conway continues to gain national prominence in translational presentations of her research and clinical work with children diagnosed with ADHD through national forums such as her recent TEDx talk, “Cultivating Compassion for the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Child: Shifting Our Stance from Moral Indictment to Empathy.”

Thanks are in order to the search committee, led by School of Social Work Dean Cathryn Potter, for its many weeks of hard work. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Francine Conway to the Rutgers University–New Brunswick community.