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Christopher Conway

Dr. Christopher C. ConwayAssistant Professor of Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 424
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

I study the connections between environmental stress, (biological and behavioral) stress reactivity, and emotional disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and borderline personality pathology.  

A recent line of work focuses on distress tolerance, conceptualized as both an abiding trait and a momentary response to threatening or challenging events.  I investigate whether (and how) distress tolerance changes over time, differs from neighboring traits (like experiential avoidance), and predicts risk for emotional problems.

I research the dimensional structure of emotional problems, as inferred from patterns of observed clustering of emotional disorder symptoms.  I am part of a research consortium that aims to delineate these dimensions that form the basis of clinical expressions of mental illness.  I use these empirically based dimensions to clarify how life stress and stress reactivity processes relate to emotional problems.

From a methodological point of view, I specialize in factor analysis, longitudinal structural equation modeling, clinical interviewing, and ecological momentary assessment to answer these research questions.


  • PSYC 2900 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 6225 Personality Theory and Research

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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