The ​Caregiving Youth Research Collaborative (CYRC) is a US-focused research network that aims to advance understanding of the lives of youth caregivers and their families. A 2005 national study caregiving youth in the US estimated between 1.3 to 1.4 million youth fall within the category of “youth caregiver” – people between the age of 8 and 18 who provide care for a family member in or near the young person’s home. Experts believe that today’s numbers could be as much as six times the 2005 estimate. CYRC members work in higher education and clinical practices across the country with interdisciplinary professional expertise spanning the sciences and humanities. Our ‘people’ page will help you identify and contact researchers and practitioners working in your field of interest. If you would like to inquire about becoming a member of CYRC, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Olson or Dr. Connie Siskowski.

Carol Goodheart, EdD
Past President American Psychological Association Princeton, NJ

Christine Fruhauf, PhD
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD
American Association of Caregiving Youth, Boca Raton, FL

Crystal Wiley Cene, MD
UNC School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC

Donna Cohen, PhD
USF, Tampa, FL

Elizabeth Olson, PhD
UNC-Chapel Hill, NC

Julie Belkowitz Lichtenstein, MD, MPH
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Lisa Hooper, PhD
University of N Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Melinda S. Kavanaugh, PhD, MSW, LCSW
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI

Michelle Sherman, PhD, LP
University of Minnesota, College of Medicine Minneapolis, MN

Sharon Hamill, PhD
California State University, San Marcos, CA

Participants are from these Universities
plus Dr. Carol Goodheart, Past President of the American Psychological Association
with Leadership from AACY and UNC

Our programs rely on contributions from our community.

If you are able to donate to American Association of Caregiving Youth, please do so here.

If you are able to volunteer for our programs or at our events, contact us here.

Thank you!