2nd Conference on Caregiving Research

Building Bridges: Advancing Family Caregiving Research Across the Lifespan

March 3-4, 2022

Pittsburgh, PA

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The National Center on Family Support (NCFS) is excited to host their second biennial conference on caregiving research.

This conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of national leaders in caregiving research, policy, and practice across the lifespan. Sessions will showcase innovations in research and build bridges across disciplines and conditions to address the urgent community, clinical and policy needs of family caregivers.

Please note:
The health and safety of all conference attendees is our upmost priority. As of now, we are still hoping to hold the conference in person, with proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for attendance. With regards to the Omicron variant, we are constantly evaluating the safety of an in-person event, and will post any and all updates here. Please keep checking back to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Registration Information

Early bird registration has been EXTENDED to February 1, 2022!

General Registration: $250

Post-Doctoral and Clinical Trainees: $100

Students: $25

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The National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to provide nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours for the educational activity entitled: Building Bridges: Advancing Family Caregiving Research Across the Lifespan – Second Biennial Conference on Caregiving Research. Nurses completing the entire activity and evaluation tool may be awarded a maximum of 10.75 contact hours of NCPD. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission Accreditation. 

Keynote Speakers Announced!

We are so excited to be joined by some of the foremost experts in caregiving research and policy. Learn more about our keynote speakers:


Thursday Keynote Speaker

Kate Washington, PhD

Kate Washington, PhD, is the author of Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America (Beacon Press, 2021), the story of Washington's struggle to care for her seriously ill husband. She speaks about the role of unpaid family caregivers in a society and on the systemic challenges they face. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Eater, Catapult, and many other publications.


Friday Keynote Speaker

Joseph Gaugler, PhD

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, is Professor and Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He directs the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation as well as the Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving. His research interest include the longitudinal ramifications of family care for persons with dementia and other chronic conditions, and the effectiveness of home and community-based services for older adults with dementia and their caregiving families.


We're looking forward to hearing from even more invited speakers on innovative featured topics - keep checking back!


Conference Scientific Planning Committee

Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN (Conference Chair)

  • Scott Beach, PhD
  • Jamila Bookwala, PhD
  • Grace Campbell, PhD, MSW, CRRN, FARN
  • Sara J. Czaja, PhD
  • Beth Fields, PhD, OTR/L, BCG
  • Esther Friedman, PhD
  • Erin E. Kent, PhD
  • Ashli Molinero, DSc
  • Ranak Trivedi, PhD
  • Justin Yu, MD


For further questions, please contact our Center Manager, Julie Klinger, at caregiving@pitt.edu.