November 11, 2004

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Faculty member serves on advisory panel

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. - - Kathleen Chwalisz, associate professor of psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was one of 10 national experts invited by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving to serve on an advisory panel that met Oct. 14-15 at The Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta. This was the 10th such panel convened by the institute, which plans to develop a book series on caregiving from the findings.Chwalisz, training director of SIUC's counseling psychology doctoral program, heads the Southern Illinois Caregiver Telehealth Project, a five-year, $1 million venture funded by the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research to provide telephone-based training and support for Southern Illinoisans who informally provide care for older adults. An SIUC faculty member since 1992, she also has an adjunct associate professorship within the School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Chwalisz earned her bachelor's degree in 1986 from the University of Illinois and her doctorate in 1992 from the University of Iowa.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute, founded in 1987 at Georgia Southwestern State University, aims through research, education and training to promote the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and professional caregivers; encourage effective care-giving practices; build public awareness of caregiving needs; and advance public and social policies that enhance caring communities.

Leading in research, scholarly and creative activities is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.