Tan Receives F31 Funding to Study Stress Responses in Caregivers of Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients

Congratulations to Hillman Scholar and T32 Predoctoral Trainee Kelly Tan who was awarded nearly $62,000 from the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the positive psychological states and stress responses in caregivers of adults receiving an allogeneic bone marrow transplant.

The funding will permit Tan to examine trends in stress, health, biological data and positive psychological states of caregivers during the peri-transplant period. Outcomes from her project will support future work on chronic stress in the context of caregiving and lead to hypothesis generation.

At least 2.8 million unpaid caregivers provide care to someone in the United States with a primary diagnosis of cancer. Cancer caregivers, in particular those of patients receiving an allogeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT), experience intense emotional, physical and financial stress due to caregiving. Substantial evidence confirms the negative effects of stress on caregivers, for example, anxiety, depression, fatigue, disturbed sleep and poorer quality of life, but, few studies have examined the complexities of caregivers’ stress responses in the allogeneic BMT context. Even fewer studies have addressed potential protective factors such as positive psychological states.

Tan’s study aims to address this research gap. She will work with the following team to do so:

Sheila Santacroce – Sponsor
Barbara Fredrickson – Sponsor
Peter Mucha – Committee Member
Todd Schwartz – Committee Member
William Wood – Committee Member
Hudson Santos – Committee Member

Well done, Kelly!