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Conway F. Saylor, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Saylor is a Professor of Psychology and a Clinical Child/Pediatric psychologist who has been at The Citadel since 1991. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, she received her B.A. in Psychology from Colorado College in 1977 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 1982. After interning at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, Dr. Saylor worked for 10 years at the Medical University of South Carolina where she and her students still collaborate on research projects with faculty from the Department of Pediatrics.  She then moved to The Citadel, where she has served as a senior-level faculty member for more than 20 years.

Dr. Saylor loves teaching and mentoring students. Her primary classroom courses include the first two courses cadets take in psychology (PSYC 201 - General Psychology, and PSYC 202 - Developmental Psychology) as well as the final 'capstone' course that all senior psychology majors take (PSYC 401). She also consistently mentors both graduate and undergraduate students in original research and organizes/supervises community-based experiential service and leadership courses in psychology.

Service learning and civic engagement have always been passions for Dr. Saylor, which led her in July of 2012 to accept her current position as Director of Service Learning under the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.  In addition to helping psychology students sustain their long-term service partnerships with people in the community who have disabilities (e.g., Buddy Dance, Buddy Walk, Miracle League Baseball, Special Olympics) and people who are living in poverty (e.g., Crisis Ministries homeless shelter, Johns Island Rural Mission, local food banks), Dr. Saylor now helps develop community partnerships for hundreds of Citadel volunteers to "learn to lead by serving others."  This includes all members of the Sophomore Class, who complete at least 10 hours of service learning as part of their sophomore leadership curriculum.

Dr. Saylor's research has made substantial contributions in several areas of pediatric psychology including developmental outcomes for infants born prematurely, support for families who have a child with disabilities, child stress and trauma, and children and disasters. Her most recent work is in two complimentary areas: bullying (especially in youth with special needs) and heroism (child and adult concepts). Her more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and 100+ peer-reviewed conference papers are nearly all in collaboration with graduate or undergraduate students. She steadily funds community programs through her grant-writing activities. Most recently the "Bold Responses" program, funded by the SC Governor's Office Developmental Disabilities Council is offering assessment, education, training, and network to prevent and intervene with bullying in students who have special needs.

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Contact Information:
Telephone: (843) 953-8064
Fax: (843) 953-6797

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Degrees: B.A., Psychology (Colorado College); Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (Virginia Tech)
Vita: Dr. Saylor's vita



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