How and why we do research

Why do we conduct research at Caring for the Caregiver?

The research we do with family caregivers to 1) identify what kinds of challenges caregivers experience in this role, 2) develop interventions, and 3) evaluate interventions to make sure they really benefit caregivers.

What kind of research do we do at Caring for the Caregiver?

It depends. We use a range of methods, include surveys, interviews, and sometimes “biobehavioral research” where we collect physical health information.

How is information I provide during a research study used?

Sometimes we use what we learn from studies to improve our own Caring for the Caregiver services. In other cases, we are interested in informing other programs serving caregivers like ours. In these cases, we might present findings in academic journals and at scientific conferences.

How is research conducted at Caring for the Caregiver? (Is my data secure?)

We do not share information collected during a study that can be used to identify an individual without their permission. When you sign up for a study at Caring for the Caregiver, you will be informed about what is involved. Personnel who conduct research at Caring for the Caregiver are required to undergo training on how to securely handle private information.

Additional information about research conducted at Caring for the Caregiver

  • Some, but not all, opportunities do offer payment as a thank you for your time.
  • Studies may include caregivers, recipients of care, or both care partners.
  • Please contact Kylie Meyer, PhD at meyerk1@uthscsa.edu if you would like to discuss which research projects may be of greatest interest to you.

Active research projects

Past research projects

Project ECHO Brain Health Training for Community Health Workers

Contact us

Caring for the Caregiver has several active research projects. Contact us any time to learn how you can be a collaborator in research.

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Research with Our Partners

Our community partners have additional research opportunities for family care partners and persons living with dementia. Click the links below to learn more.

The Biggs Institute

Alzheimer’s Association