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Dr. Carolyn Shivers

 

 

Professional and research interests:

  • Siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Family systems in families of individuals with disabilities
  • Mutually-beneficial interventions
  • Structural equation modeling

Current Research:

  • Health and well-being among adult family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Stress among adolescent siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Plans for future caregiving among high-school and college-aged siblings of individuals with disabilities
  • Biomarkers of stress among siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Curriculum Vitae

Carolyn Shivers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Selected Publications

  • Shivers, C.M., & Plavnick, J.B. (2015). Sibling involvement in interventions among families of children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(3), 685-696.
  • Shivers, C. M., Deisenroth, L., & Taylor, J. L. (2013). Patterns and predictors of anxiety among siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(6), 1336-46.
  • Taylor, J. L., & Shivers, C. M. (2012). Sibling supports. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.
  • Taylor, J. L. & Shivers, C. (2011) Sibling relationship factors predictive of helping profession choice and volunteerism among adult siblings of individuals with mild intellectual deficits. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,116(4). 263-277.
  • Shivers, C.M. (2015, August). A Sibling-Mediated, Play Skills Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the APA Convention, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Shivers, C.M., (2014, March). Siblings of Individuals with Intellectual Disability With and Without Comorbid Mental Illness. Poster presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Developmental Disabilities, Chicago, IL.
  • Shivers, C.M., Oates, C., & Dykens, E. (2013, March). Life Satisfaction Over Time among Mothers of Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome. In S. Watson (Chair), Families of Children with Disabilities: A Focus on Resources and Adaptation. Symposium conducted at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Developmental Disabilities, San Antonio, TX.

 

 

 


   

  • shivercm@vt.edu
  • 540-231-5434
  • 358 Wallace Hall (0416)
    Blacksburg, VA 24061