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Dr Laura Conway
Dr Laura Conway is an early career researcher in the Intergenerational Health Group and a program scholar in the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence. In 2018, Laura graduated with her PhD from the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, Laura was the research coordinator on a prospective longitudinal study of child language development, the Early Language in Victoria Study, and a member of the Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language. Before joining MCRI in 2007, Laura worked in a range of health research settings in Australia and the UK conducting longitudinal population-level and ad hoc research projects.
2017 Henry and Rachel Ackman Travelling Scholarship
2017 International Association for the Study of Child Language, Student award
2016 Harold Mitchell Travelling Fellowship
2014-2016 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship ?
2014-2016 MCRI Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship
Dr Laura Conway's research investigates child development and functioning under adversity at the level of the community, family, or child. Dr Conway's expertise is in the areas of child language and mental health development, parenting, and parent-child interaction.
Dr Conway's postdoctoral program of work is using high quality epidemiological data to understand the dynamics of family violence and its impact on parenting and children's physical health, mental health, and cognitive outcomes. This understanding will enable Dr Conway to develop and evaluate interventions to improve outcomes for children exposed to family violence, and their families.
Maternal Health Study
Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence
Early Language in Victoria Study
Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language
Conway LJ, Levickis, P.A., Mensah, F., Smith, J., Wake, M., & Reilly S (2018). Association between joint engagement and language in a sample of slow to talk children. Journal of Child Language, in press
Eadie, P., Conway LJ, Hallenstein B, McKean M., Mensah F, & Reilly S. (2018) Quality of Life in Children with Developmental Language Disorder. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorder, 53(4), 799-810 doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12385
Conway LJ, Levickis, P.A., Smith, J., Mensah, F., Wake, M., & Reilly S. (2018) Maternal communicative behaviors and interaction quality as predictors of language development: Findings from a community-based study of slow-to-talk toddlers. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 53(2), 339-354. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12352
Conway LJ, Levickis P, Mensah F, McKean C, Smith KA, & Reilly S (2017). Associations between expressive and receptive language and internalising and externalising behaviours: Findings from a community-based slow-to-talk sample. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 52 (6): 839-853.doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12320
Levickis, P., Sciberras, E., McKean, C., Conway, L., Pezic, A., Mensah, F. K., Bavin, E. L., Bretherton, L., Eadie, P., Prior, M., & Reilly, S. (2017). Language and social-emotional and behavioural wellbeing from 4 to 7 years: a community-based study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 27(7), 849-859 doi:10.1007/s00787-017-1079-7
Kefalianos E., Reilly S., Onslow M, Block S., Packman A., Bavin E., Conway L., Vogel A., Pezic A., and Mensah F (2017). The history of stuttering by 7 years: Follow up of a prospective community cohort. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0205
Smith, J, Levickis, P., Conway, L., Eadie, P., Bretherton, L., & Goldfeld, S. (2017). Associations between maternal behaviours and child language at 2 years in a cohort of women experiencing adversity. Infancy, 23(1), 74-102 doi:10.1111/infa.12200
Smith, J, Levickis, P., Conway, L., Eadie, P., Bretherton, L., & Goldfeld, S (2017). Concurrent associations between maternal behaviours and infant communication within a cohort of women and their infants experiencing adversity. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, doi:10.1080/17549507.2017.1329458
McKean C., Reilly S., Bavin EL., Bretherton L., Cini E., Conway L., Cook F., Eadie P., Prior, M., Wake M., and Mensah F (2017). Language outcomes at 7 years: early predictors and co-occurring difficulties. Pediatrics, 139 (3) e20161684, doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1684
Vogel, A. P., Block, S., Kefalianos, E., Onslow, M., Eadie, P., Barth, B., Conway, L., Mundt, J. C., & Reilly, S. (2015). Feasibility of automated speech sample collection with stuttering children using interactive voice response (IVR) technology. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 17 (2), 115-120.
Reilly, S, Onslow M, Packman A, Cini E, Conway L, Ukoumunne O, Bavin E, Prior M, Eadie P, Block S, Wake M. (2013) Natural History of Stuttering to 4 Years of Age: A Prospective Community-Based Study. Pediatrics, 132(3), 460-467 doi:10.1080/17549507.2017.1329458
Ukoumunne OC, Wake M, Carlin J, Bavin EL, Lum J, Skeat J, Williams J, Conway L, Cini E, Reilly S. (2012). Profiles of language development in pre-school children: Longitudinal latent class analysis of data from the Early Language in Victoria Study. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38 (3),341-9
Reilly S, Wake M, Ukoumunne OC, Bavin EL, Prior M; Cini E, Conway L, Eadie P, Bretherton L (2010). Predicting Language Outcomes at 4 Years: Longitudinal Findings from the Early Language in Victoria Study. Pediatrics, 126 (6), e1530-7.
Reilly SR, Bavin, E.L., Bretherton, L., Conway, L., Eadie, P., Cini, E., Prior, M., Ukoumunne, O., Wake, M (2009). The Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS): a prospective, longitudinal study of communication skills and expressive vocabulary development at 8, 12 and 24 months. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11 (5), 344-357.
Conway, L. (2009). Early Language in Victoria Study. ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing. 11 (1), 62-3
Hewstone M, Crisp RJ, Contarello A, Voci A, Marletta G, Conway L, Willis H (2006). Tokens in the Tower: Perceptual Processes and Interaction Dynamics in Academic Settings with 'Skewed', 'Tilted', and 'Balanced' Sex Ratios. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 9 (4), 509-532.
Taylor R, Conway L, Calderwood L & Lessof C. (2003, p357-374). Methodology. In M Marmot, J Banks, R Blundell, C Lessof, J Nazroo (eds). Health, wealth and lifestyles of the older population in England: The 2002 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Institute of Fiscal Studies; London ISBN: 1-903274-34-6
Taylor R, Conway L, Calderwood L, Lessof C, Cheshire H, Cox K, Scholes S. (2007) Technical report (ELSA wave 1): Health, wealth and lifestyles of the older population in England. Institute of Fiscal Studies; London??