Carolyn Shivers

Carolyn Shivers

Assistant Professor

Office

358 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

Email

Expertise

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

Professional Activities

  • Director, Disability Studies Minor
  • Director, SibSaturdays, Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center
  • American Psychological Association

Education

  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
  • M.S. Vanderbilt University
  • B.S. University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications

Articles

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. (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.

Additional Information

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