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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2021-2023 Faculty and Administration Biographies  

Ph.D., Adelphi University - Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

Francine Conway, an accomplished scholar and clinical psychologist recognized for her work in aging and child psychopathology, is the dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Dean Conway, a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University, earned her doctoral degree from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. She 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 its psychology program since 2008.

Dean Conway's scholarly focus has been in two critical areas--aging and child psychopathology. Her aging research has received support from the National Institute 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, collaborating with colleagues in Sweden, Germany, and London. She has served on the executive board for the Gerontological Society of America's Behavioral and Social Sciences Division and its Research, Education, and Practice Committee as well as the American Psychological Association's Division of Clinical Geropsychology. Her editorships include the Journal of Women and Aging and Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy. 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. Dean 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 TEDx talk "Cultivating Compassion for the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Child: Shifting Our Stance from Moral Indictment to Empathy" and through her recent book--Cultivating Compassion: A Psychodynamic Understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--published by Rowman & Littlefield.


Dean Conway is an alumna of notable women leadership programs including the HERS-Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women Leaders in STEM and the HERS Institute Leadership Training for Women in Higher Education, Denver 2017 class; and the 2014 cohort of APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.  Her interest in women's issues have lead her to serve as the assistant chair of the Women's Issues Committee for the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. She serves as the director of academic and scientific affairs for the New Jersey State Psychological Association and is the president-elect for the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

After an eight-year tenure as chair of the Adelphi University's Psychology Department, Dean Conway assumed the deanship at Rutgers University, leading her school's graduate programs including a nationally ranked doctoral program in clinical psychology. She also leads the school's nationally recognized research and service centers (Center of Alcohol Studies, Douglass Developmental Disability Center, Center for Psychological Services, Center for Applied Psychology, and Center for Adult Autism Services).

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