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HHRF-funded research

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      Indepth review of HHRF funded projects

"Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on PTSD Symptoms, Coping Self-Efficacy, Emotion Regulation, and Social Engagement in Military Veterans." - Rebecca Johnson

"Changes in Dynamic Trunk/Head Stability and Functional Reach after Hippotherapy"

Summary of Awarded Research Projects- 2006 to 2015

Awarded Research Projects

 

 2016 Awarded Research Projects
"The effect of therapeutic riding on stress levels in young adults with autism spectrum disorders" (2016)
INVESTIGATORS:
Elizabeth Kemeny, PhD, Assistant Professor
INSTITUTION:
Slippery Rock University
INTERVENTION:

Horse-human relationship

POPULATION:
Young adults with autism spectrum disorders

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 2
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 3
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 7
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 14
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 20

  HHRF Grant Application

  The study is awarded with an expected Completion: 8/1/2018

  PUBLICATION STATUS:  TBD
 2015 Awarded Research Projects
"Can horses distinguish between neurotypical and mentally traumatized
humans?" (2015)
INVESTIGATORS:
Katrina Merkies, PhD, Associate Professor Department of Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph
INSTITUTION:
University of Guelph
INTERVENTION:

Horse-human relationship

POPULATION:
 

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 3
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 4
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 5
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 10
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 13

  HHRF Innovation Grant Application

  The study is awarded with an expected Completion: 12/31/2016

  PUBLICATION STATUS:  TBD
 2014 Awarded Research Projects
"Examination of the effects of equine assisted activities on PTSD symptoms, quality of life and participation in combat veterans." (2014)
INVESTIGATORS:
Beth Lanning, PhD, MCHES. Associate Professor and
Director Community Health Program, Baylor University.
INSTITUTION:
Baylor University
INTERVENTION:

Equine Assisted Activities or Therapeutic Horseback Riding

POPULATION:
PTSD diagnosis, Males, Combat Veterans

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 3
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 4
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 7
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 2
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 26
  PUBLICATION STATUS:  TBD
 2013 Awarded Research Projects

Effects of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Male Youth.” (2013)

INVESTIGATORS:
Megan Mueller, Leslie McCullough
INSTITUTION:
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University
INTERVENTION:
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
POPULATION:
PTSD diagnosis, Males, Children (8-10)

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 5
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 6
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 9
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 18
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 23
  PUBLICATION STATUS:  TBD
 

“Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on PTSD Symptoms, Coping Self-Efficacy, Emotion Regulation, and Social Engagement in Military Veterans.” (2013)

INVESTIGATOR:
Rebecca Johnson
INSTITUTION:
Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, Univ. of MO, College of Veterinary Medicine  
INTERVENTION:
Human-Horse Interaction, Therapeutic Horseback Riding
POPULATION:
Military Veterans, PTSD, TBI

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 4
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 5
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 11
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 17
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 22
  PUBLICATION STATUS:  TBD
2011 Awarded Research Projects

Effect of Hippotherapy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
(2011)

INVESTIGATOR:
Tim Shurtleff
INSTITUTION:
Washington University of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
INTERVENTION:
Human-Horse Interaction, Therapeutic Horseback Riding
POPULATION:
Children, autism

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 3
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 4
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 6
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 17
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 26
  PUBLICATION STATUS: Pilot study published in American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Nov/Dec 2013.
2010 Awarded Research Projects

Effects of Hippotherapy on Balance and Gait in Ambulatory Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy.” (2010)

INVESTIGATORS:
Debbie Silkwood-Sherer, Nancy McGibbon
INSTITUTION:
Central Michigan University, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professionals
INTERVENTION:
Hippotherapy
POPULATION:
Children, Cerebral Palsy

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 3
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 4
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 7
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 17
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 21
  PUBLICATION STATUS: Pilot Study Published in Physical Therapy May 2012
 

“Basic Neurobiological and Psychological Mechanisms Underlying Therapeutic Effects of Equine Assisted Activities.” (2010)

INVESTIGATORS:
Dr. Andrea Beetz, Dr. Henri Julius, Dr. Kurt Kotrschal, and Dr. Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg
INSTITUTION:
University of Rostock, Germany
INTERVENTION:
Equine Assisted Activities (EAA)
POPULATION:
Children, social and/or emotional disorders, mother-child communication

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 5
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 6
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 6
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 15
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 16

  RESULTS: Pilot Study Published in Physical Therapy May 2012

  PUBLICATION STATUS: Published by the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention Volume 8Issue 1, 2015
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19411243.2015.1026017
2008 Awarded Research Projects

Hippotherapy to Improve Postural Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy.” (2008)

INVESTIGATORS:
Dr. Helene Corriveau, Dr. Claude Dugas, Danielle Champagne
INSTITUTION:
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; Université du Québec a Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Canada
INTERVENTION:
Hippotherapy
POPULATION:
Children, Cerebral Palsy, Movement Disorders

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 2
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 3
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 4
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 6
   

  RESULTS: Abstract

  PUBLICATION STATUS: Submitted for Publication.
 

The Effect of Equine Assisted Activities on the Social Functioning in Children with Autism.” (2008)

INVESTIGATOR:
Dr. Margaret Bass
INSTITUTION:
Good Hope Equestrian Training, Miami, FL
INTERVENTION:
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
POPULATION:
Children, Autism, Social Function and Attention

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 2
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 2
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 8
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 16
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 15
  PUBLICATION STATUS:  TBD
2006 Awarded Research Projects

Improvement in Trunk/Head Stability and Upper Extremity Control after HPOT.” (2006)

INVESTIGATOR:
Tim Shurtleff, Dr. Jack Engsberg, Dr. John Standeven
INSTITUTION:

Washington University of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO

INTERVENTION:
Hippotherapy
POPULATION:
Children, Cerebral Palsy, Movement Disorders

PROPOSAL:

  • Scientific abstract - Page 2
 
  • Need/Justification - Page 3
 
  • Research Narrative - Page 5
 
  • Proposed Timeline - Page 5
 
  • Lay Language Article - Page 15
  PUBLICATION STATUS:  Published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009 Jul; 90 (7):1185-95.
 

Research/Review Process
Applications passing all procedural and eligibility requirements are reviewed and ranked by members of the HHRF Scientific Review Committee, who represent areas of expertise relevant to the project. HHRF's Board of Directors will then review recommendations from the Scientific Review Committee and make final funding decisions.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance to areas designated by the Foundation. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. International teams are welcome to apply.

See the Application Checklist for evaluation priorities, and the application issues document for common problems identified by the Scientific Review Committee. The strongest proposals will fully and clearly cover all information and research requested, incorporate project intent and methodology, anticipate issues that may arise and are exceptionally easy to follow from processes to activities to results.

Notification of awards will be announced within four months of the application deadline. Funding for selected projects will be contingent on Institutional Review Board approval.
A one-year grant period is assumed, unless otherwise specified in the application. More specific information can be found in the Guidelines and Information document..

For questions contact info@horsesandhumans.org.

See Also

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