Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
— Margaret Mead.
My interests center around how illness impacts families, primarily through the lens of family caregiving. This includes improving quality of life and well-being of caregivers, examining how caregiver well-being influences the care recipient and others in the family, and exploring long-term financial and health consequences. Through my research, I seek to learn how individuals influence and are influenced by their family/community, and how these factors translate into health or ‘un-health’ over the short and long term. The end goal of my research is to aid the development of tools (e.g., interventions, education about the ripple effect of disease throughout families) to improve outcomes for families facing health problems and disability.
I am currently recruiting students to work on projects related to:
- The impact of caregiver well-being on care recipient health and well-being outcomes
- Understanding and improving caregiver access to community and social resources
- Caregiver access to and utilization of mental health treatment
Students will get involved in both research and translation, dissemination, and outreach efforts. To apply to our graduate program, see our application webpage. I welcome both undergraduate and graduate students to contact me directly to learn more about getting involved in research and outreach.