Managing Caregiver Stress

Full Title

Emotion Regulation Therapy to Address Distress among Caregivers


Partners, family members, children, parents, and friends may serve as informal caregivers for people with cancer. Providing such care for someone with cancer can be challenging, causing distress that can lead to anxiety and depression. In this study, researchers are assessing a supportive therapy for caregivers of people with cancer called Emotion Regulation Therapy. The goal is to improve coping and physical well-being among caregivers, which will enable them to provide better care for their loved ones.

Caregivers participating in this study will receive eight in-person counseling sessions of Emotion Regular Therapy. They will also be asked if they are willing to submit blood and saliva samples, which will be examined to look for markers of stress (such as the hormone cortisol). Results of the study will provide a better picture of caregivers’ stress levels and needs and promote the development of more effective support programs for caregivers of people with cancer.


Participants in this study include adult (age 18 and older) caregivers of people with cancer who are experiencing distress related to the caregiving role. Caregivers who are daily smokers, heavy drinkers, night shift workers, or already engaged in ongoing psychotherapy may not participate.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Allison Applebaum at 646-888-0034.





Disease Status

Newly Diagnosed & Relapsed/Refractory