Amy Conroy, PhD

Assistant Professor

I am a behavioral scientist with multidisciplinary training from the fields of public health, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Broadly, my research seeks to understand and intervene upon health behaviors related to sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and intimate partner violence within international and domestic settings. Specifically, I am interested in dyadic aspects of health within heterosexual and same-sex couples. My primary line of research takes place in southern Africa (Malawi and South Africa) and aims to understand how relationship factors and partner influence shape engagement in HIV care and treatment. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop couples-based interventions for couples living with HIV to improve gender and relationship dynamics, and use of HIV care and treatment. I am also involved with other projects in Southern and East Africa examining how power in relationships affects relationship quality (i.e., intimacy, trust, couple communication) and intimate partner violence. My research is grounded in theory from the field of relationship science, and employs mixed-methods and innovative dyadic analysis techniques (qualitative and quantitative) to understand couple-level health behavior.
Education
Postdoctoral Fellowship in AIDS Prevention Studies, 2016 - Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco
Ph.D., 2013 - Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver
M.P.H., 2008 - Public Health, University of Colorado Denver
B.S.E., 2002 - Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa
Honors and Awards
  • K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, NIMH, 2016-2020
  • Mentored Scientist Award in HIV/AIDS Research, UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), 2013-2014
  • F31 NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award, NIMH, 2010-2013