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Dr Carolyn Shivers

University: Michigan State University and Trinity College Dublin

Dr Carolyn Shivers developed LifeStory work amongst older adults with ID during her time as a Hegarty Fellow. This involved using iPads and a suite of apps to create a personalised LifeStory and creating a ‘Train the Trainer Manual’ for DoC staff. The next phase is to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of iPad based LifeStory work in improving communication, social connectedness and quality of life for people with ID. This important research is continuing within the DoC. Caroline's other research interest was siblings of individuals with ID or ASD. Caroline is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech