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Christopher Conway

Dr. Chris Conway profile pictureAssociate Professor of Psychology

Email: [email protected]

Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 316
Phone: 718-817-1605



  • 2007 BS in Psychology and Spanish, Duke University
  • 2009 MA in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2013 PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Major Research Interests

My Bronx Personality Lab studies the development of borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. We work on a few different lines of research:

1. Momentary links between personality processes, symptoms, and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (including suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self-injury) using experience sampling methods.

2. Distress tolerance--the ability to remain goal-oriented in the face of discomfort--as a protective factor for borderline PD and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors.

3. Short- and long-term changes in personality and psychopathology, particularly over key developmental transitions. We often investigate whether change is a function of major environmental stressors (e.g., financial strain, romantic breakup).

4. The dimensions that make up personality and clinical disorders. With the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology consortium, we examine ways to define psychopathology in terms of dimensions instead of categories, reflecting evidence that mental health vs illness is a matter of quantitative (instead of qualitative) differences. We figure out how to use these dimensions to improve inferences we can make about psychopathology's time course and relations with stress-related events/traits.


  • PSYC 2000 Statistics
  • PSYC 2900 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 5200 Fixing Psychology's Replication Crisis
  • PSYC 6225 Personality Theory and Research
  • PSYC 7121 Clinical Diagnosis

Recent Publications

Conway, C. C., Krueger, R. F., & the HiTOP Consortium Executive Board. (in press). Rethinking the diagnosis of mental disorders: Data-driven psychological dimensions, not categories, as a framework for mental health research, treatment, and training. Current Directions in Psychological Science. preprint

Conway, C. C., Naragon-Gainey, K., & Harris, M. T. (in press). The structure of distress tolerance and neighboring emotion-regulation abilities. Assessment. preprint/data/code

Conway, C. C., Forbes, M. K., Forbush, K. T., Fried, E. I., Hallquist, M. N., Kotov, R., Mullins-Sweatt, S. N., Shackman, A. J., Skodol, A. E., South, S. C., Sunderland, M., Waszczuk, M. A., Zald, D. H., Afzali, M. H., Bornovalova, M. A., Carragher, N., Docherty, A. R., Jonas, K. G., Krueger, R. F., Patalay, P., Pincus, A. L., Tackett, J. L., Reininghaus, U., Waldman, I. D., Wright, A. G. C., Zimmermann, J., Bach, B., Bagby, R. M., Chmielewski, M., Cicero, D. C., Clark, L. A., Dalgleish, T., DeYoung, C. G., Hopwood, C. J., Ivanova, M. Y., Latzman, R. D., Patrick, C. J., Ruggero, C. J., Samuel, D. B., Watson, D., & Eaton, N. R. (2019). A hierarchical taxonomy of psychopathology can transform mental health research. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14, 419-436. preprint

Conway, C. C., Hopwood, C. J., Morey, L. C., & Skodol, A. E. (2018). Borderline personality disorder is equally trait-like and state-like over ten years in adult psychiatric patients. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127, 590-601. preprint

Conway, C. C., Tackett, J. L. & Skodol, A. E. (2017). Are personality disorders assessed in young people?  American Journal of Psychiatry, 10, 1000-1001. preprint

Professional Affiliations

Open Science Framework

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