WashU School of Medicine's Program in Occupational Therapy is currently conducting a study that would provide a unique research experience for undergraduates, particularly Psychology majors.
In the study, we are videotaping pediatric occupational therapy sessions with and without the presence of a therapy dog and handler. We are then using a computer-based program, Behavioral Observation Research Interactive Software (BORIS), to analyze and quantify the behavior of the pediatric client, the therapist, the therapy dog, and the therapy dog handler.
We could provide experience for up to three students to perform the analysis. In addition to the video analysis, students could also have the opportunity to observe pediatric occupational therapy.
Please contact Regina Abel, PhD, via firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.