Senior Research Scientist at the Essentia Institute of Rural Health and conducts research and program evaluation with health and behavioral health related programs, including: The North Dakota Rural Behavioral Health Network; The Wiconi Ohitika (Strong Life) Youth Suicide Prevention Project; The Ely Community Care Team; The North Dakota Department of Health; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Men's and Women's Health Screening Days; the Barnes County ON THE MOVE Chronic Disease Prevention Program; and The North Dakota IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence.
She is the editor of the Journal of Family Social Work. Dr. Conway has published and presented in the areas of behavioral health, especially with Native Americans; pregnancy prevention; grandparent caregivers; rural health; orphan train riders; and health and behavioral health prevention.
She has worked as a social worker in the fields of child welfare, family violence, mental health, AIDS, health, gerontology, loss and grief, and disabilities. She has been a social work educator since the mid 1980's and has conducted training, research, and program evaluations for private non-profit and public agencies throughout that period.
Dr. Conway has a BA in Social Work and a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys her family, pets, gardening, reading, knitting, and traveling.