Staff Spotlight – Amy Conrad, PhD

Dr. Conrad is Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

I am in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and my time is split between outpatient clinical care and research. Clinically, I evaluate children for learning disabilities with a focus on dyslexia. My research uses a combination of neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging to evaluate the development of children with different medical diagnoses. Currently, my research focuses on children with isolated oral clefts as well as children of premature birth. I graduated from the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2004 and started in the Department of Psychiatry as a Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Peg Nopoulos. After nearly 10 years managing research projects in her lab, I moved into a faculty position in the Department of Pediatrics so I could return to some clinical work and focus on my own research interests. I maintain close collaboration with the Nopoulos lab.

I live in Mount Vernon with my husband (Chad) and two children (Rebecca [14 years old] and Nathan [11 years old]). Our kids keep us pretty busy, but when things are slow we like to re-watch episodes of The Office or Parks and Rec; quoting every line and laughing like crazy.

I grew up in Solon and my family is still in the area, so a lot of my free time is spent with family and friends. I am hooked on kettlebells and am trying to convince myself that I am a runner (haven’t been successful yet).

I honestly have my dream job right now. (Okay, less difficulty with the grant process would make it more dreamy – but every job needs some level of challenge.) I love the fact that no day is ever the same. I get to work with patients, develop and conduct research projects, run statistics and present my work, and I get to teach and mentor students. I get to help people in a variety of ways every day.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? A bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico. My mother met me there right before a conference I was attending and took me to the bay. It was absolutely stunning – the water shimmered with what looked like millions of diamonds.

Favorite sports team? The Hawkeyes! I grew up watching Hawkeye football with my father and look forward to every season.

Favorite book or movie? The Season of Passage, by Christopher Pike.

Fun fact? I once sang back up for a band.

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