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Interview with Beth Lanning, PhD, MCHES 

Beth Lanning
Beth Lanning, PhD, MCHES, is principal investigator on the 2014 HHRF-funded project "Examination of the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities on PTSD Symptoms, Quality of Life and Participation in Combat Veterans". Director of the Public Health Undergraduate Program at Baylor University Robbins College of Health and Human Services in Waco, Texas, her research interests include health literacy, sexual violence prevention, quality of life in vulnerable populations in addition to human-animal interaction. 

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your finding?

We saw a clinically and statistically significant improvement in PTSD symptoms over time. We are also excited about the other positive changes that were documented during  the 8 weeks of intervention. Plus, some of the changes were sustained even two months after the intervention ended, though they were somewhat diminished. The control group actually reported an increase in some depression and PTSD symptoms over the 8 weeks while the intervention group reported an improvement in the same symptoms Also, families and loved ones reported similar mental health improvements of the participants. This observational assessment (proxy report) by a family member was an important addition to this study.

The HHRF BOARD is considering focusing research in specific areas of our field. What would you suggest to them? 

I really want to commend the board for their work in this area. Without their support a lot of these pilot studies would not have been possible. I also support the board's decision to increase the funding amount, which will allow researchers to expand their projects and include larger sample sizes. Expanding research with the veteran population is important. My suggestion is to make sure funding efforts support randomized control trials or quasi experimental research designs so the results will add to the growing body of empirical data.   Also, I think the HHRF has a proven track record of successfully funding EAAT research and now may be the time to explore collaborative partnerships with other foundations to increase funding streams needed to support larger research projects. 

HHRF friends from HorseAbility in Westbury NY at our PATH Intl booth in Williamsburg, VA
PATH International Conference

Once again we are so proud to be a part of the PATH International Conference!  This year we thought it was better then ever with such a wide variety and levels of educational and net-working opportunities. Kudos to PATH Int'l and the many professionals that help this critical organization grow and thrive. 
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