Social Work Student Anna Zendell receives Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship

Oct 23, 2007

NASW Foundation presents award to University at Albany studentWashington, DC – The National Association of Social Workers Foundation is pleased to announce that Anna Zendell is the recipient of the Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship for 2007-2008. This Fellowship Program provides partial support to social work doctoral students who are engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice.

Sibling caregivers comprise a population of increasing significance in developmental disabilities policy and practice. Ms. Zendell’s research will examine the factors associated with successful caregiving outcomes among siblings and will also determine the types of assistance these caregivers might find beneficial. Finally, she will examine the factors that lead for a sibling to be the primary caregiver.

Ms. Zendell hopes that the knowledge gained from her research will contribute to a better understanding of how sibling caregivers come to assume care and suggest ways in which service providers and disability policymakers can better assist them. This study will lay the groundwork for a Sibling Caregiving Tookit of information and services designed to aid siblings facing decision about care. This toolkit will be distributed through the Center on Intellectual Disabilities at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany.

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