Dr. Francine Conway

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Dean of GSAPP
Distinguished Professor
Adelphi University - Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
Office: GSAPP - Dean's Office
Phone: 848-445-2325

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

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 this year and served as the chair of its psychology program since 2008.

During her tenure at Adelphi, she developed and directed the institute's community-based mental health clinic that provides psychotherapy to children living in underserved communities.

"Dr. Conway brings an impressive combination of attributes to the leadership of GSAPP,” said Cathryn Potter, professor and dean of Rutgers’ School of Social Work, who headed the search committee. “She is a clinician, a bridge builder and a very able academic administrator. Most important, she is an accomplished leader who can work collaboratively with GSAPP faculty, students and community partners to envision and enact the next generation of professional psychology education and practice.”

Dr. Conway is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a university professor for the past 17 years.  She has eight years of academic administrative experience and served as the chair of the Psychology Department at Adelphi University from 2008 to 2016.  She is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University and earned her Ph.D. from Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. 

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.