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About Us

Our goal

 To provide information, resources, and materials to help young children (ages 4-8), children (ages 9-13), youth (ages 12-17), and young adult (ages 18-25) caregivers to successfully cope with caregiving and bereavement so they can enjoy the highest quality of life possible.

About Creators

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Dr. Sharon Hamill

This Young Caregivers Website, a component of our Youth Resiliency Project, was created by Dr. Sharon Hamill, Psychology/ Child and Adolescent Development Professor, current Director of University Relations and Research and Founding Faculty Director of the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care.  Her research focuses on (1) adolescent and young adult caregivers in families with grandparents who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other diseases and (2) how palliative care can alleviate suffering and promote higher quality of life for patients and their families.  She is active in promoting support for family caregivers in local schools and through her work with the Institute and the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care. She is a member of the Caregiving Youth Research Collaborative of the American Association of Caregiving Youth.  Dr. Hamill has taught at CSUSM  since 1996 and was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award at CSUSM for excellence in teaching, research, and service. 

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Jillian Dunn

Jillian Dunn, former Digital Media and Graphic Design Specialist for the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM, lent her expertise and talent to the creation of this website and its contents.  

CHAD 370 Spring 2018 Class Contributors


Jacqueline Adams, Avigail Alaniz, Rosalia Aleman, Elena Alvarado, Leticia Angeles, Megan Black, Tammy Bouche, Kaitlin Burns, Belen Castillejos Garcia, Leslie Cota, Carolyn Engles, Valerie Flores, Kelcee Funderburg, Clarisa Garcia, Eunice Gordillo, Jeremy Hutchinson, Sarah Lawrence, Anna Lopez, Vanessa Luna, Lidia Meza, Courtney Mihali, Erica Navarette, Clarissa Nuno, Julia Perkins, Edith Prudencio, Irene Ramos, Jessica Reyes Acosta, Sonia Ricca, Blanca Rios, Pilar Sanchez, Gisel Santana, Allison Singer, Kelsey Stokes, Amanda Steon, Jasmine Titus, Katie Tortomasi, Megan Vansant, Emily Vo, Brittany Workman and Sabrina Ybarra.

CHAD 370 Fall 2019 Class Contributors

cohort 2 fall 2019 students

Eleanor Arnold, Courtney Bobadilla, Elizabeth Butler, Sandra Cano, Angelica Carrasco, Taylor Chatfield, Samantha Ellena, Lauren Fernandez, Alec Frank, Vanessa Garcia Resendiz, Cheyla Garcia, Monica Gomez, Alexis Herrera Camacho, Chandler Hillen, Bailey Holland, Alyssa Ignacio, Hadiya Kassa, Connor Kelly, Fangyuan Li, Mayte Linares Fabian, Leslie Lopez, Alexis McSurdy, Wendy Medina, Judith Michel, Emily Robinson, Saira Salazar, Noelle Tamyo, Carly Valdez, Varvara Yumatova.


Susie Nordstrom

CSUSM graduate and current CSUSM Academic Advisor provided content on mindfulness for youth caregivers.

Information about the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM is available on our campus partner webpage.